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Widely recognized as the premier jazz performance series in North Texas, Sammons Jazz has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars since 1989, more than 1,000 artists and counting. Showcasing the many forms of jazz, from big band and be-bop to swing and Latin, the concerts are held on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December. Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and 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.


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.

To buy tickets, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE for our secure online Cart.

If you cherish this powerful and varied American art form, you are invited to join the more than 10,000 jazz fans who have enjoyed this highly acclaimed series over the past 25+ years.

“This is a hidden treasure in the Dallas community. (It’s) time to take a look.”

-Peggy S., Sammons Jazz Member

Here's a sample of Sammons Jazz from our October 2014 concert featuring the all-girl combo, Sweethearts of Rhythm.




“Isn't She (and He) Lovely?”

Opening Set: Ginny Mac — Just like her hometown of Fort Worth, Ginny Mac bridges cowboys and culture by adding a fresh twist to Hot Jazz, Americana, C&W Swing, and international sounds. A gifted accordionist, pianist, and vocalist who has performed at Lincoln Center, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, and everywhere between, Ginny fronts a dynamic group that includes Stefan Karlsson on piano, Mike Luzecky on bass, and Matt Young on drums.

Second Set: The Mario & Gale Cruz Perspective — Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Mario Cruz and his wife, singer/voice-over artist Gale Cruz, combine their extensive experience and talent to offer an exquisite set of eclectic and classic jazz. Mario and Gale, who returned to their Texas roots after 20+ years performing in New York, are joined by pianist Stefan Karlsson, electric bassist Jeff Plant, and drummer Matt Young.

To buy tickets, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or click HERE for our secure online Cart.

“Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert” (SOLD OUT)

Opening Set: LaLa J & Friends Vocalist LaLa Johnson, born and raised on gospel, groomed in R&B, trained in classical, and skilled in reggae and the blues, finds real comfort in the ingenuity demanded by jazz. LaLa J, who tours with Grammy® Award-winning singer Erykah Badu, debuts at Sammons Jazz with Myles Tate on piano, Derrell Bivins on bass, Derrick Clark on drums, Len Barnett on percussion, and Joyce Spencer on saxophone.

Second Set: Keron Jackson From a rough beginning in Fort Worth’s Stop Six to singing a solo at Carnegie Hall, Keron Jackson is proof that “for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.” Praised by the Dallas Morning News for his powerhouse bass voice, Keron’s charisma and impassioned delivery captures the essence of every song he sings. Keron is accompanied by the accomplished Larry Petty Trio.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788..

“Jazz Treasures” (SOLD OUT)

Opening Set: Mike Steinel’s Lone Star Jazz Quintet — Led by jazz trumpeter and composer Mike Steinel, the Lone Star Jazz Quintet performs original music as well as standard repertoire from a number of jazz traditions: West Coast cool, soul/fusion, New Orleans second line, and timeless tunes from the Great American Songbook. This A-list quintet includes Rosana Eckert on vocals, Pat Coil on piano, Steve Barnes on drums, and Jeff Eckels on bass.

Second Set: Shelley Carrol Quartet — Little wonder that saxophonist and flutist Shelley Carrol was named the 2007 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year. He studied with Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson, was a protégé of Marchel Ivery, performed with the famed One O’Clock Lab Band and Duke Ellington Orchestra, toured the world, and has recorded with a who’s who of music artists. His exceptional quartet features Todd Parsnow on guitar, Nathan Phelps on bass, and Jackie Whitmill on drums.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

“Artistic Director's Concert: Jazz + C2 = Fun” (SOLD OUT)

Two Sets: Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones performs a concert that merges jazz and classical music, presented as a jazz trio joined with a string quartet. Arlington is joined by James Driscoll on bass and Stockton Helbing on drums, along with a magnificent string quartet led by Gary Levinson, Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Arlington also showcases piano duets with world-renowned concert pianist Dr. Daredjan “Baya” Kakouberi to show how a collaboration of jazz and chamber music can create unique and lush textures and a broad spectrum of sound.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

For more information, call (214) 520-7788 or email info@sammonsartcenter.org. All artists and programs subject to change.

Some of the jazz groups 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
Joey Carter Quartet
William Foley Quintet
James Gilyard Ensemble
Guitar Encounter
Texas Gypsies
Frank Hailey Trio
Nina Katrina
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.

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 our 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 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.

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.

Jazz Youth Program
We have expanded our youth jazz outreach program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas 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 during the summer and are 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.

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, The 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, 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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Steinway Artist ARLINGTON JONES performs at Sammons Jazz.  (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)
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