Sammons Jazz kicks off its spring season on February 5 and, like the previous 30 years, the lineup features our area’s top jazz artists. The Sammons members-only sales period runs through January 16; public sales begin the next day. Most concerts sell out months in advance, so readers should not delay in ordering.
The Sammons Jazz spring lineup includes:
JAZZ OF THE COOL — Wednesday, February 5. Jazz trumpeter Rodney Booth kicks off the spring season with an homage to the smooth sounds of the jazz legends Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. The second set features the Shelley Carrol Quartet in a spectacular tribute to Texas Tenor (and Shelley’s mentor) Arnett Cobb.
LEIGH TOMLINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT — Wednesday, March 4. Vocalist Audra Scott and the Curtis Bradshaw Octet recall the classic Mahalia Jackson/Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie Orchestra collaborations in the opening set. Pianist/composer Rebecca Cordes delivers “Sophisticated Ladies: The Hits of Broadway, Jazz Style” in a second set that showcases vocalists Rosana Eckert, Tatiana Mayfield, and Heather Paterson.
JAZZ VIGNETTES — Wednesday, April 1. Celebrated jazz guitarist Todd Parsnow leads the Todd Parsnow Quartet in an opening set reminiscent of Joe Pass and Herb Ellis. Harkening back to early jazz, drummer Ron Fink fronts the Ron and the Rowdies Dixieland Band to let the good times roll in a rousing second set.
SAMMONS JAZZ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CONCERT — Wednesday, May 6. Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones opens with “Soul Unity Suite,” his jazz composition for piano, cello and drum set in seven movements. In the second set, Arlington performs excerpts from his jazz opera work-in-progress, giving audience members a special preview before the premiere.
Tickets are $50 per person and include a light buffet-style dinner, beverages, and valet parking. Sammons members receive a $5 per person discount. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors to Meadows Hall open at 7 p.m. For tickets or questions about membership, call (214) 520-7788.