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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.




“A Portrait of Jazz”

Opening Set: Daybreak Express Pianist/composer and the 2009 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year Dave Zoller leads his group in a musical tribute to jazz legends and collaborators Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. Dave's arrangements of their classics are reminiscent of Ellington's favored description of his music, "beyond category." Daybreak Express includes Tony Baker on trombone, Jack Evans on trumpet, Jonathan Fisher on bass, Alan Green on drums, and Chris McGuire on tenor sax.

Second Set: Curtis Bradshaw Octet Another Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), composer/arranger Curtis Bradshaw displays his flair for extraordinary arrangements of songs by his jazz idols. He is joined by Paul Birk on trombone, Jack Evans on trumpet, Chris McGuire on tenor sax, Mike Morrison on baritone sax, and Jeff Robbins on alto sax. Bassist Lou Harlas, drummer Andrew Griffith (the Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year in 2004), and pianist Kent Ellingson make up the amazing rhythm section.

“Jazz, Rhythm, & Fuse”

Opening Set: Rick Strauss Quartet  Guitarist Rick Strauss and his gifted group - Steve Barnes on drums, Pat Coil on keyboards, and Lynn Season (the 2008 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year) on bass - masterfully execute the jazz classics and original sounds from Rick's two internationally-released discs. As an early member of Spyro Gyra, Rick played on and composed for the acclaimed group's Morning Dance album, a 1979 release which reached platinum status.

Second Set: Martha Burks & The Jazz "Kru" Smooth and souful vocals, versatility, and a sparkling personality have made Martha Burks the quintessential entertainer for more than 20 years. Able to scat with the best, the Arkansas native calls to mind Ella, Sarah, Billie, and other female jazz icons. Her gifted "Kru" consists of Ray Flippen on bass, Darwin Martin on keys, Erick Morgan on drums, and Lawrence Robinson on trumpet and flugelhorn.

“Simmering Jazz”

Opening Set: Tony Hakim Band Whether he is performing solo or with a group, playing originals or interpretations of classics, Tony Hakim sizzles. The lilting vocalist, guitarist, and restaurateur has graced the Dallas jazz scene for nearly three decades. His band - James Driscoll on bassi, Dennis Durick on drums, and Roland Elbert on piano - expertly covers various jazz styles, including Brazilian. This set is sure to be maravilhoso (marvelous)!

Second Set: Keith Anderson & Full of Soul "Diversity" is not only the title of his debut CD, but a description of the remarkable Keith Anderson. The former saxophonist with Prince and Les McCann delivers versatile jazz chops for an evening filled with rhythm and passion. Keith's band, accurately named Full of Soul, includes Alan Cato on guitar, Chuck Smith on bass, Bobby Sparks on keys, and Lamont Taylor on drums.

“Jazz Images”

Opening Set: Arlington Jones: The Soul Gent Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones pays tribute to the history of solo jazz piano, channeled through innovative compositions and grooves. His newest CD release, The Soul Gent, is a culmination of his music roots and influences. Recognized for his energetic and engaging performances, Arlington uses 88 keys to bring joy to everyone who hears him play.

Second Set: Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield Group Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield brings her breathtaking, spirited vocals and persona to the Sammons stage where she is joined by Ben Bohorquez on sax, Brian Harmon on drums, Mike Luzecky on bass, Caleb Sean McCampbell on piano, and Evan Weiss on trumpet. With nods to Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, Tatiana is adept at honoring traditional jazz while laying claim to the genre's evolution.

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
Roger Boykin Trio
The Brethren with Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum
Shelley Carrol Quartet
Joey Carter Quartet
Rosana Eckert Quintet
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
Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Band
Jaelun Washington Trio
Garry Williams Quartet


For a MAP and driving directions, click here.


Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219

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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, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., with additional support from the Ben E. Keith Co., North Coast Brewing Company, A Fiore Catering, 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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