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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 $40 per person or $35 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.

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




“100 Years of Jazz”

Opening & Second Sets
James Gilyard — Beloved bassist James Gilyard, who served as Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz from 1999 to 2011, leads a first-rate ensemble in two sets of music from each of the major eras of jazz, from ragtime, Dixieland, swing, and bebop through the “kinda blue” and modal eras.

100 Years of Jazz Band With Gilyard on bass, the band includes vocalists and narrators Peggy Lauren and Garry Williams, Quamon Fowler on sax, Chris McGuire on sax and trumpet, Dana Sudborough on vibraphone, Kelly Durbin on piano, Bill Lohr on piano and keyboards, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

Hip Harps Groove”

Opening Set
2tone The unique pairing of harpist Cindy Horstman and bassist Mike Medina has thrilled audiences for more than 20 years. Known as one of the preeminent jazz harpists in the country, Cindy is a Sammons Jazz audience favorite. The duo is joined by Larry White on steel guitar, Sean McCurley on drums, and Tom Braxton on sax.

Second Set
Julie Bonk Band Soulful pianist Julie Bonk, the 2014 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year, has performed for everyone from Bob Hope to Bugs Henderson. As a collaborator and mentor to many aspiring artists, Julie is known for her generosity toward her fellow musicians. She takes the second set backed by an accomplished group including vocalists Robin Hackett and Tatiana Mayfield, saxophonist Rachella Parks-Washington, bassist Buddy Mohmed, and drummer Woody Berner.

Swing & Things”

Opening Set
Dan Haerle Band UNT’s Regents Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and the ambassador of jazz piano, better known as Dan Haerle, leads an all-star cast of jazz musicians and fellow educators Brad Leali on alto sax, Jeffry Eckels on bass, and Ed Soph on drums in a contemporary jazz set.

Second Set
Mack Goldsbury, Duane Durrett and The Texas Organ Connection  This award-winning quintet Mack Goldsbury on reeds, Duane Durrett on drums, Clyde George on organ, Tom Burchill on guitar, and Victor Cager on vocals pays tribute to Sandtown, the area of Weatherford, Texas, made famous by the many jazz greats who rehearsed there in the early 1960s.

“A Grand Night for Swinging

Opening Set
The Brethren, featuring Arlington Jones and Will Kennedy Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones teams up with friend and drummer Will Kennedy, a 14-year member of the storied Grammy Award-winning ensemble, the Yellowjackets, for a rousing exploration of jazz and improvisation using just two percussion instruments, the piano and drums.

Second Set
Q and The Crew — Steeped in the grand tradition of the Texas Tenors, saxophonist Quamon Fowler dazzles audiences with his amazing musical chops. He fronts a gifted quintet that includes Carl Wagner on alto sax, Colin Campbell on piano, Young Heo on bass, and Terence Hobdy on drums.

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
James Gilyard Ensemble
Guitar Encounter
Texas Gypsies
Frank Hailey Trio
Arlington Jones Trio
Sweethearts of Rhythm
Vicho Vicencio Jazz & Latin Band
Jaelun Washington Trio
Garry Williams Quartet


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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 $40 - Member price - $35).
  • Name listed in Sammons Jazz concert programs in the Active Member category.

Patron Members - $75/yr

  • A $5 discount on tickets (regular price $40 - Member price - $35).
  • 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 $40 - Member price - $35).
  • 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 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.

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, TACA, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Frost Bank, with additional support from the Ben E. Keith Co., A Fiore Catering, Preferred Parking, and Corporate Business Solutions Inc.

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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