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SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE
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.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Texas and Beyond” Good Vibes and Gypsy Jazz
Opening Group: Joey Carter Quartet features vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Joey Carter playing the music of Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Joey is joined by Paul Metzger on guitar, Buddy Mohmed on bass and Dennis Durick on drums.
Second Set: Texas Gypsies is a seven piece band of gypsy jazz and western swing.The band includes Steve Curry on guitar/vocals, Mike Sizer on sax/clarinet, Andrew Griffith on drums, John Hewitt on bass/vocals, Steve Howard on trumpet, Brook Wallace on violin/vocals, and Lebeaux on Trombone.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015– 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Showcase”
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to Thursday, June 4.
Opening Group: Garry Williams Quartet features vocalist Garry Williams joined by Caleb McCampbell on piano, Lamont Taylor on drums, and Jerome Allen on bass. Garry is a graduate of the famed Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Peforming and Visual Arts and University of North Texas. He is currently Music Educator and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Lancaster Independent School District.
Second Set: Rosana Eckert Quintet spotlights jazz vocalist Rosana Eckert, a graduate of University of North Texas and formerly accomplished French horn player. Rosana currently serves as professor of jazz voice at the University of North Texas. She will be performing with Brian Piper on piano, James Driscoll on bass, Mike Drake on drums, and Chris McGuire on sax.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Bass and Drums to the Forefront” The Trio Experience
Opening Group: Jaelun Washington Trio spotlights classic jazz trio music with the drummer leading the way. Jaelun is joined by Stefan Karlsson on piano and Jeffry Eckels on bass.
Second Set: John Adams: Trio Combinations features acoustic and electric bass player John Adams. Trio Combinations explores the different blends, sounds, and colors of the jazz trio with the bass as leading instrument. John will be joined by Mike Drake on drums, Jason Bucklin on guitar, Brad Leali on sax, and Eric Willis on piano playing different trio combinations.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
“Artistic Director’s Concert” Duos and Trios
Opening Group: The Brethren featuring Arlington Jones and Kevin Whalum. The Brethren teams up Artistic Director and pianist Arlington Jones with acclaimed jazz vocalist Kevin Whalum for music in the style of the duo Bobby McFerrin and Herbie Hancock. Kevin has been described as Al Jarreau meets Bill Withers and is known around the world for his vocal work with his brother, famed saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
Second Set: Arlington Jones Trio Featuring Andrew Griffith and Braylon Lacy features Steinway Artist Arlington Jones on piano, Andrew Griffith on drums and Braylon Lacy on bass. The group shines light on the music of the great female jazz pianist, Mary Lou Williams.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
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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TO APPLY TO PERFORM 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 for the Sammons Jazz Series, please
forward your bio and photo (or electronic press kit), music sample and
contact information to email@example.com. 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.
mission of the Sammons Jazz Program is:
To promote jazz in all its forms from Swing and Be-Bop to Latin and
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 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
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:
Steinway Artist ARLINGTON
JONES performs at Sammons
Jazz. (PHOTO BY LIANE SWANSON)