Jazz in the Atrium

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium

Enjoy live jazz every Thursday and join us for a casual dinner and cocktails in the DMA Cafe.

FREE admission to performance; food and cocktails available for purchase.

The DMA has been named  Best Jazz Venue for 2014 by the Dallas Observer!




25 No Concert / DMA Closed for Christmas Day
The Dallas Museum of Art will be closed on December 25.
Jazz in the Atrium resumes on January 8. 


1 No Concert
Jazz in the Atrium resumes on January 8. 

8 8th Annual Tenor Madness Concert: A Tribute to Marchel Ivery
Join us for our annual concert honoring the legendary jazz musician Marchel Ivery, featuring renowned local musicians such as saxophonists Shelley Carrol and Chris Maguire as well as Roger Boykin, Michael Palma, Lyles West, and Andrew Griffith.

15 K. Ellingson Group
Kay and Kent Ellingson are back to bring their unique vocal and instrumental renditions to jazz standards of all genres. The K. Ellingson Group performs at various venues throughout the Metroplex and was a featured performing group at this fall's Grape Fest. 

22 Len Barnett and Friends
Percussionist Len Barnett, a highly respected and much sought after musician, leads his own band to perform his own style of percussion-driven jazz. Barnett has shared the stage with many well-known performers, including Cab Calloway, Kirk Whalum, Kirk Franklin, Joe McBride, Joe Vincelli, and a host of others.

29 Mario Cruz Quartet with Special Guest Gale Cruz
Saxophonist Mario Cruz has played and toured with an impressive array of musicians, from jazz artists Jaco Pastorius, Randy Brecker, and Bob James to pop icons  Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, and Natalie Cole. Cruz uses his life and music experience to cultivate his unique, eclectic jazz-inspired style. The group will perform selections from Gale Cruz's recent CD release as well as Mario's forthcoming original music project.


5 Yells at Eels
Founded in 1999 in Dallas, the avant-jazz trio Yells at Eels is well known not only within the North Texas music scene but internationally as well. Featuring Dennis Gonzalez on trumpet, cornet, and percussion; Aaron Gonzalez on contrabass; and Stefan Gonzalez on drums, Yells at Eels has released seven CDs and two vinyl records in its fifteen years of existence, and the group received the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Jazz Act. Yells At Eels’ latest CD, In Deep Waters, has just been released on the Warsaw record label For Tune Records. 

12 Gregg A. Smith
Born in Honeygrove, Texas, Gregg A. Smith got his start singing and dancing as a young child in his mother’s cafe. While studying at Portland State University, he performed as an opening act for artists such as Etta James, Tower of Power, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. He returned to Texas and released his first album, The Texas Blues Wailer, in 1985. Smith continues to be a driving force on the North Texas blues scene, hosting his own radio show on KNON 98.3 FM and singing with his band throughout the DFW area. 

19 Natural Change
Natural Change performs their signature style of contemporary jazz and R&B sound, featuring the sizzling saxophonist Paul Rogers and sultry vocalist Tony Blaine. Celebrating their 22nd year together as a band, Natural Change members have also played with music legends such as Kirk Whalum, Phyllis Hyman, David "Fathead" Newman, Waymon Tisdale, and many others. Natural Change has always amazed audiences with the huge sound that comes from only four members.

26 Leena Conquest
Texas-born vocalist Leena Conquest has been included in the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll Top 10 Albums for her work on I Plan to Stay a Believer with bassist William Parker. The Wire described it as "never less than vibrantly alive and utterly suffused with joy." A favorite with DJs, Conquest penned the club hit "Boundaries." She has worked with a host of jazz luminaries, including vibes player Roy Ayers and pianist Dave Burrell, and continues to tour, teach, and perform internationally with a captivating presence that puts her in a class with the best.