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Sammons Jazz celebrates its 25th year of great jazz performances with a special anniversary season this fall. Each concert features an opening set by a Sammons Jazz artistic director and is scheduled in the order that they served. We invite you to experience this powerful and varied American art form performed by the best jazz musicians in North Texas.



Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Genesis”  Traditional and Latin Sax and Jazz Guitars

Opening Group: Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Bandis led by the founding Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz, saxophonist Fernando A. (Vicho) Vicencio.  Bringing the pleasing sounds of traditional jazz and Latin jazz to the series, his band includes Chris Borin on trumpet, Ricardo Bozas on percussion, Brian Piper on piano, James Driscoll on bass, and Stockton Helbing on drums.

Second Set: Guitar Encounteris a convergence ofthree generations of jazz guitarists—Donnie Gililland, Sam Walker, and Joel Cross—joined by James Driscoll on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums.  Playing electric and acoustic guitars, the group is reminiscent of the Great Guitars, which featured Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd.



Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Continuance”  The Jazz Man and The Jazz Ladies

Opening Group: Roger Boykin Trio features multi-instrumentalist and Texas jazz legend, Roger Boykin.  Roger, who led the series early in its evolution, graces the stage as the second Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz.  A pianist, guitarist, and saxophonist (just to name a few of the instruments he plays), Roger is joined by Andrew Griffith on drums and Buddy Mohmed on bass.

Second Set: Sweethearts of Rhythm is a jam-packed collection of women in jazz in a special, first-time performance by vocalists Carolyn Lee Jones, Heather Paterson, Tatiana Mayfield, and Nina Katrina, backed by a band led by pianist Julie Bonk, with Peggy Honea on bass, Andrea Bunton on drums, and special guest Rachella Parks-Washington on sax.  The band’s name is derived from the 1940s all-women’s band, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.



Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Journey”   The Essence of Jazz—Piano and Bass

Opening Group: The James Gilyard Ensemble is fronted by beloved Sammons Jazz bassist James Gilyard.  James served as the third and longest-tenured Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz.  Remembered for implementing two educational components to Sammons Jazz, “Sammons Jazz Youth Outreach Concerts” and “Jazz Essentials,” James was also known for mentoring and helping fellow artists produce CDs.  James is joined by Quamon Fowler on sax, Eric Willis on piano, Andrew Griffith on drums, Dana Sudborough on vibraphone, and vocalist Simone Rodgers.

Second Set: The Frank Hailey Trio features pianist Frank Hailey, who has received positive response to his latest album, “An Old Sweet Song.”  Smooth and polished and giving lots of attention given to the melody, Frank is joined on stage by Eric Zukoski on bass and his son, Michael Hailey, on drums.



“Sammons Jazz 25 Years: The Present”  Jazz Duos and Quartets

Opening Group: The Brethren featuring Arlington Jones and Dwight Sillsbrings current Artistic Director and pianist Arlington Jones together with famed guitarist Dwight Sills.  They developed a musical camaraderie while touring and working together through the years with other artists.  This collaboration is influenced by noteworthy piano and guitar duos in jazz like Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass, Grant Green and McCoy Tyner, and Wes Montgomery and Tommy Flanagan.

Second Set: The Shelley Carrol Quartet features Texas Tenor Shelley Carrol, who has toured the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Bringing a traditional sax quartet sound to Sammons Jazz, Shelley is joined by Michael Palma on piano, Jonathan Fisher on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.



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 as an 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 LIANE SWANSON)
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