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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Trip to New Orleans”  Laissez les bon temps roulez with New Orleans-style Jazz and Good Ole Dixieland

Opening Group: Fredrick Sanders Quartet, with Fredrick on piano, salutes the Crescent City with saxophonist Quamon Fowler, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer Adonis Rose. A Dallas native and Booker T. Washington graduate, Sanders also knows how to let the good times roll, thanks to studying with jazz legend Alvin Batiste and Frank White at Southern University, playing with Wynton Marsalis, and teaching at Tulane University.

Second Set: N’awlins Gumbo Kings, as their name suggests, brings Dixieland and the sounds of New Orleans and Mardi Gras to DFW. All of the band members have connections of some kind that go back to the Big Easy. The stellar cast of musicians includes Steve Howard on trumpet, Brian Piper on piano and vocals, Mike Sizer on sax, clarinet and vocals, Tony Baker on trombone, Carl Hillman on bass, and drummer Mike Drake.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM       
“Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert”  A special tribute concert in memory of Sammons Jazz favorite, Leigh Tomlinson, features two exciting up-and-coming jazz vocalists

Opening Group: Damon K. Clark makes his Sammons Jazz debut with his band, Damon K. Clark Quartet. The Dallas Observer states “Damon K. Clark is a jaw-dropping talent, a gifted vocalist whose talents are near-unmatched…” Clark is as much at home with Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight” as he is with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.” He is joined by Myles Tate III on piano, Young Heo on bass, and Justin Heaverin on drums.

Second Set: Jennifer Barnes Quintet is fronted by highly sought-after vocalist, educator, clinician and arranger Jennifer Barnes. Having relocated from Los Angeles to Dallas, Barnes is the Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at the esteemed University of North Texas. Her band hails Brad Leali on sax, Addison Frei on piano, John Adams on bass, and her husband, Steve Barnes, on drums.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Classic Jazz: Texas Style”  Crossing the Trinity – East meets West with 3 Texas Tenors from Dallas & a Fort Worth Pianoman  

Opening Group: The Jason Davis Jazz Group boasts three “Texas Tenors” as part of its 8-member band performing classic jazz songs recorded or released in the year 1959 by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington and others. The group, led by saxophonist Jason Davis, includes saxophonists Quamon Fowler and Shelley Carrol, flutist Aisha Mars, trumpeter Mike Steinel, pianist Rich Smith, drummer Frank Moka, and bassist Jonathan Fisher.

Second Set: Johnny Case Quartet brings classic jazz pianist and Fort. Worth native Johnny Case to the Sammons Jazz stage. A longtime favorite with Fort Worth audiences, Johnny tickled the ivories for 28 years as house pianist at Cowtown’s famed Sardines Ristorante Italiano. He is joined by saxophonist Billy Briggs, drummer Andrew Griffith, and Lou Harlas on bass.

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Artistic Director’s Concert - The Music I Love”  Piano Trio by Moonlight Sets the Stage for a Magical Evening of Lush Jazz Master Works

Opening Group: Sammons Jazz Piano Trio brings pianist Arlington Jones together again with Sammons Jazz favorites James Gilyard on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums. The trio performs the artistic director’s top pick of music from jazz piano greats such as Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris and Mary Lou Williams.

Second Set: Sammons Jazz Chamber Orchestra is a sublime combination of piano, percussion and strings. Playing arrangements and compositions by Arlington Jones, the orchestra features jazz harpist Cindy Horstman, violinist and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster Gary Levinson, with Jones on piano, Stockton Helbing on drums, and Braylon Lacy on bass.




Jazz Series:

All of our Sammons Jazz Series performances are at the Sammons Center for the Arts at 3630 Harry Hines at Oak Lawn.  Ticket prices are regular $40.00 and $35.00 for members with open seating for all.  Ticket prices include complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, a light meal, and valet parking.  The doors for the regular series open at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning approximately at 7:30 p.m.  Each performance features two performance sets of about an hour each with an intermission between.  The dress is casual; many people come from work in business attire, but most wear casual, comfortable clothing.  Tickets may be ordered through the Sammons Center by calling 214/520-7789 and may be charged on VISA, Master Card, American Express or Discover.  For additional information on the Sammons Jazz series of the Sammons Center for the Arts, call 214/520-7789 or visit our website at www.sammonsartcenter.org
All artists and programs subject to change.

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We hire LOCAL acts from the Dallas Fort-Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer for the Sammons Jazz Series, please forward your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org. You may also send your materials to: Arlington Jones, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219.


Sammons Jazz Program
The Sammons Jazz Program was founded in 1989 at the request of Vicho Vicencio, original Artistic Director of the series, and several local jazz artists concerned about the dearth of jazz performance opportunities in the Dallas area. It has developed from the original concert series into a multifaceted program which includes the original jazz concert series, community outreach collaborations, and a Youth Jazz Outreach program. The Sammons Jazz program is under the guidance of Artistic Director Arlington Jones.

The mission of the Sammons Jazz Program is:

1) To promote jazz in all its forms from Swing and Be-Bop to Latin and World Beat,
2) To increase public awareness of jazz asana important and fulfilling American Art Form,
3) To showcase local jazz artists and provide opportunities for jazz artists of all ages to develop their craft,
4) To build a diverse audience for jazz in our community, and
5) To provide an opportunity for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy quality live jazz entertainment at nominal cost throughout our City.

Sammons Jazz Series
Sammons Jazz is the only regular ongoing jazz performance series in the Dallas-Fort Worth area featuring local artists. Since the Sammons Jazz series began in1989, we have presented more than 1000 artists to a combined audience of more than 10,000. Sammons Jazz is presented the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December in the relaxed, noncommercial setting of Meadows Hall in the Sammons Center. We present two ensembles at each concert, and ticket prices include complimentary coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, light appetizers and valet parking. A variety of jazz styles is presented by professional artists as well as jazz students from the University of North Texas and the Arts Magnet High School.

Jazz in the Park with Shakespeare Dallas
We have presented a number of free jazz concerts in conjunction with the Summer productions of Shakespeare Dallas in Samuel Grand Park in East Dallas. These outdoor concerts are presented prior to the start of their plays on Friday or Saturday evenings throughout run of the festival. This collaboration has been very successful for both organizations and enhances the artistic value of both performances. We will work together to maximize a joint marketing initiative to draw a more diverse audience to these wonderful community events and enhance the community outreach impact of both organizations.

Jazz Youth Program
We are expanding our youth jazz outreach program in partnership with the Dallas Area Boys and Girls Club which enables us to introduce youth, ages 6 to 12, to jazz as a unique American art form. We have events at the Sammons Center in conjunction with youth agencies such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Church Groups and Recreation Centers, that are interactive as well as educational and help expose these children to jazz music. We use established jazz musicians as well as young jazz musicians from the Arts Magnet High School to play for the children and to get them involved with interactive activities as participants in the concerts. These events are held in our facility throughout the school year as an after-school program that is both fun and educational. Snacks are provided to the children during an intermission and they are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the music. Concert etiquette is also addressed to help students understand appropriate behavior at public events.

Future Initiatives
The Sammons Center for the Arts intends to develop a new paradigm in the promotion and preservation of jazz as an original American art form through the development of an on-line jazz museum celebrating the rich artistic heritage of the jazz artists of Dallas and Texas. There is an abundant and rich history of the evolution of jazz in our region. Significant contributions have been made by a number of very talented artists,but that history is largely undocumented and unheralded. It is important to capture and disseminate this region's contributions to the development of jazz by utilizing the exciting new technologies that allow information to be gathered, organized, displayed and continually updated.

Equally important is the ability to make the information gathered within the On-line museum available instantly to people all over the United States and the world. We will be able to reach artists, students, educators, jazz enthusiasts, and others through the medium of the world wide web. The museum content would include: Archival photographs, discography, video interviews with jazz artists, artists' profiles, recorded music archive, excerpts from print media, bibliography, history and development of the jazz art form, jazz event calendar, jazz music store, artists resource/bulletin board, North Texas musician registry, jazz chat room with scheduled artist interface opportunities, and other content as developed. Additionally, we plan to develop a series of short films that will record the oral histories of some of our Texas Jazz pioneers like David “Fathead” Newman, Red Holloway,Claude Johnson and others who created the Texas Jazz style.

Thanks to our sponsors! Funding for the Sammons Jazz programs come from ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, a membership program and grants from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs,TACA, Target Stores, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Frost Bank, and in-kind support from the Ben E. Keith Co.

Sammons Center and Sammons Jazz are sponsored by:


Texas COmmission on the Arts

Family Music

Akin Gump


Steinway Artist ARLINGTON JONES performs at Sammons Jazz.  (PHOTO BY JOYCE SANDERS)
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