Sammons Jazz

Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For the past 30 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

Spring 2020 Schedule

All Sammons Jazz concerts are held at 7:30pm in Meadows Hall

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JAZZ OF THE COOL

JAZZ OF THE COOL

February 5, 2020

Jazz trumpeter Rodney Booth and his quartet kick off the spring season with an homage to legends Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. The second set features the Shelley Carrol Quartet in a spectacular tribute to Texas Tenor Arnett Cobb.

LEIGH TOMLINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT

LEIGH TOMLINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT

March 4, 2020

Held to honor the memory of jazz singer and Sammons Jazz volunteer Leigh Tomlinson, the concert opens with the extraordinary vocalist Audra Scott and the Curtis Bradshaw Octet, led by composer/arranger Curtis Bradshaw. Pianist/composer Rebecca Cordes fronts Rebecca Cordes & Friends, featuring three amazing vocalists, to present “Sophisticated Ladies: The Hits of Broadway, Jazz Style” in the second set.

SAMMONS JAZZ ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CONCERT

SAMMONS JAZZ ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CONCERT

September 2, 2020

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones closes the spring season with two of his own works. He is joined by cellist Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi and percussionist Jorge Ginorio to perform "Soul Unity Suite" in the first set. The second set features a sneak peek at his jazz opera work-in-progress.

This concert, originally scheduled for May 6, was sold out. Any returned tickets will be available in mid-August.

JAZZ VIGNETTES

JAZZ VIGNETTES

October 7, 2020

Celebrated jazz guitarist Todd Parsnow leads the Todd Parsnow Quartet in an opening set reminiscent of Joe Pass and Herb Ellis. The Ron and the Rowdies Dixieland Band, fronted by drummer Ron Fink, let the good times roll in a rousing second set.

This concert, originally scheduled for April 1, was sold out. Any returned tickets will be available in mid-August.

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