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Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For more than 25 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 the many forms of this exciting genre, from big band and be-bop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December. Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 p.m.

All Sammons Jazz members receive ticket discounts, a members-only advance purchase opportunity, priority callback on returned tickets, and the satisfaction that they are supporting local jazz artists. An annual membership is valid for an individual or couple. To join, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE to join via the Center's secure online Cart.

If you cherish this powerful and varied American art form, join the more than 10,000 jazz fans who have enjoyed this highly acclaimed series since 1989.


Wednesday, February 7

Get ready for an exciting evening of bebop when pianist extraordinaire Kelly Durbin and his Bebop Band recall the era when Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others moved jazz beyond swing. Joining Steve on stage for the first set are Mario Cruz on saxes, Ira Basset on trumpet and flugelhorn, Lou Harlas on bass, and Steve Barnes on drums.

Magic happens when four amazing saxophonists perform on one stage. Blowing horns in the second set are Shelley Carrol, Quamon Fowler, Ron Jones, and Chris McGuire along with Lynn Seaton on bass, Andrew Griffith on drums, and Kelly Durbin on piano.

Tickets go on sale January 15. For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Wednesday, March 7

Singer-songwriter Ashleigh Smith, a Georgia native who now calls Dallas home, shows why she won the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition crown in 2014. She is winning legions of fans, too, with her warm vocals, range of styles, fresh take on classics, and engaging originals.

Joel Cross’ talent and dedication as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter has captured attention around the globe, including that of Grammy Award®-winning singer India Arie.  His band includes Colin Campbell on keys, Mike Luzecky on bass, and Jonny Harmon on drums with background vocals by Erin Cross, Danette Allen, and Angela Cross.

Tickets go on sale January 15. For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Wednesday, April 4

Beloved drummer Andrew Griffith “keeps up with the Joneses” in this tribute to his favorite drummers: Papa Joe Jones, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones. With Sergio Pamies on piano, Jonathan Fisher on bass, Shelley Carrol on sax and flute, and Chris McGuire on sax, clarinet, and trumpet, Andrew also honors the history of jazz drumming with a performance by tap dancer Katelyn Harris.

Sliding into a second set of swinging jazz is Bones and Such, a unique group of gifted trombonists led by Tony Baker and featuring Ryan Haines, Eric Swanson and Greg Waits. The band includes Brad Williams on piano, Carl Hillman on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

Tickets go on sale January 15. For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

Friday, April 27 - Moody Performance Hall

The Sammons Center celebrates its 30th anniversary with a very special concert at Moody Performance Hall. Sammons Jazz Artistic Director, pianist, composer, and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones kicks off the concert with his group, Arlington Jones & The Brethren, in a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing experience. The Brethren features Dwight Sills on guitar, Brannen Temple on drums, and Nick Clark on bass.

Internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur leads her ensemble in a memorable concert that showcases the rich stylings of jazz. Discovered “officially” by sax virtuoso Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival, Schuur has since won two Grammy Awards and developed a worldwide following for her live and recorded performances. Her latest CD, I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), is an homage to Getz and Frank Sinatra and aptly describes what her audiences feel after one of her concerts.

Blind since her premature birth, Schuur has participated in many charitable and educational projects including fundraisers for The Braille Institute, Music Doing Good, Inc., and the World Institute on Disabilities. Performing with Schuur, fondly known as “Deedles,” are Roger Hines on electric and acoustic bass, John Nastos on saxophone, and Kendall Kay on drums

NOTE: Tickets for the Diane Schuur concert will go on sale January 1, 2018, and may be purchased through the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Also, tickets will be priced differently from the regular Sammons Jazz/Cabaret series.


Sammons Jazz tickets cost $45 per person or $40 per person for Sammons members. Admission includes a light meal, beverages, and valet parking; all major credit cards are accepted. Seating is open. Dress is casual.

Not a Sammons member? See below for more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE to join via our secure online Cart.

“This is a hidden treasure in the Dallas community. (It’s) time to take a look.”
Peggy S., Sammons Jazz Member

Watch and listen to clips from previous Sammons Jazz concerts on our YouTube channel.  or enjoy this sample featuring the Shelley Carrol Quartet:

Some of the jazz artists who have performed recently at Sammons Jazz include:

John Adams Trio Combinations
Keith Anderson and Full of Soul
Roger Boykin Trio
The Brethren with Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum
Curtis Bradshaw Octet
Martha Burks and The Jazz Kru
The Shelley Carrol Quartet
Joey Carter Quartet
Gale and Mario Cruz
William Foley Quintet
James Gilyard Ensemble
Guitar Encounter
Texas Gypsies
Frank Hailey Trio
Keron Jackson
LaLa Johnson
Nina Katrina
Ginny Mac
Larry Spencer, Rodney Booth, Freddie Jones & Oscar Passley
String Theory Manouche
Rick Strauss Quartet
Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Band
Jaelun Washington Trio
Garry Williams Quartet
Dave Zoller and Daybreak Express

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Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788

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Sammons Jazz depends on its loyal members to support the series and its program goals, which include providing a regular series for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy great music by local jazz artists in a relaxed, smoke-free setting at reasonable prices.

Annual membership is valid for an individual or a couple. There are three levels of annual membership with the following benefits:

Active Members - $35/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $45 - Member price - $40).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Active Member category.

Patron Members - $75/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $45 - Member price - $40).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Patron Member category.
  • A free CD from a local jazz artist.

Musician’s Circle Members - $150/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $45 - Member price - $40).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Musician’s Circle category.
  • A free CD from a local jazz artist.
  • An additional gift customized with the Sammons Jazz logo.

“You should attend and become a member. You will love it.”
Evelyn C., Sammons Jazz Member

Click HERE to download a PDF of our Membership Form


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 send your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org.

You may also mail your materials to: Arlington Jones, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219.

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 lack 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 to:

1) Promote jazz in all its forms, from Swing and BeBop to Latin and World Beat;

2) Increase public awareness of jazz as an important and fulfilling American art form;

3) Showcase local jazz artists and provide opportunities for jazz artists of all ages to develop their craft;

4) Build a diverse audience for jazz in our community; and

5) Provide an opportunity for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy quality live music at a nominal cost.

Jazz Youth Program
Sammons Jazz includes a youth jazz outreach program which introduces youth ages 6 to 12 to jazz as a unique American art form. Interactive and educational events are held each summer at the Sammons Center in conjunction with youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, church groups, and recreation centers. These activities, which feature established jazz artists as well as young jazz musicians, are designed to be fun and help expose the children to jazz music through listening, a Q&A and participation. Snacks are provided to the children during an intermission. Concert etiquette is also addressed to help students understand appropriate behavior at public events.

Funding for the Sammons Jazz programs comes from ticket sales, a membership program, and generous sponsors including the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Dallas Door Designs, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., with additional support from the Ben E. Keith Co., North Coast Brewing Company, The Kitchen Café Dallas, Goody Goody, Preferred Parking, and Corporate Business Solutions Inc.

Sammons Center for the Arts and Sammons Jazz are sponsored by:

Texas Commission on the Arts

Family Music



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Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist ARLINGTON JONES   (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)
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