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.
 

 

 

 

September

18 Jamil Byrom & The Grown Folks
Dallas-born drummer Jamil Byrom is a mainstay on the local jazz scene, noted for his immaculate timekeeping and sartorial sharpness. A respected and in-demand musician, he has shared the stage with notable artists such as Roy Hargrove, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Erykah Badu, Joe McBride, Alvin Batiste, and many others. Along with his group, The Grown Folks, Jamil Byrom regularly plays his mix of jazz, funk, and fusion around the DFW area. 

25 UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
The One O’Clock Lab Band is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program, directed by Jay Saunders. They have appeared in major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), and Catalina's (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, major music conferences, and concerts hosted by numerous fine arts series, colleges, and high schools across the United States, Canada, and around the world. 

October

2 Eric Scortia
Eric “Scorch” Scortia brings an electrifying approach to down-home Texas-style jazz and blues with a ton of soul via the Hammond B-3 organ. He has shared the stage with masters such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, and Wynton Marsalis, and has released four solo albums to date, including his latest, The Tone Generator. His ensemble will feature Shelley Carroll on tenor saxophone, Clint Strong on guitar, and Alan Green on drums, as well as guest vocals from blues man Gregg A. Smith.

9 Stockton Helbing
Dallas-based drummer and composer Stockton Helbing leads his quintet through his original music. Helbing has released five albums to date, including his most recent, Handprints. He has performed and recorded with a large range of artists including Maynard Ferguson, Erykah Badu, Steve Wiest, David Braid, Doc Severinsen, and many more. 

16 Fingerprints
Fingerprints, the popular Dallas-based sextet, is known as “one of the best-kept music secrets in the South.” For many years, audiences have been lining up to hear the perfect blend of jazz and R&B by the Fingerprints musicians at venues and music festivals throughout the Dallas area and beyond. 

23 The John A. Lewis Trio
John A. Lewis is a native of Dallas and former student of noted jazz educator Dr. Thom Mason and the late local pianist and composer Claude Johnson, Jr. After performing in R&B bands as a trumpet player, Lewis switched to the piano and became more involved in playing and composing jazz. He draws his musical influences from the music stylings of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter, as well as classical composers Eric Satie and Claude Debussy. 

30 Carolyn Lee Jones
Carolyn Lee Jones’ influences and choices of genre are as broad as her vocal stylings are rich. She wraps her audience around her finger with the simplest lyric and fascinates with her mixture of styles. It is something of an audio calling card, the perfect representation of who she is and the musicians in her band. She'll be joined by pianist Brad Williams, bassist Jonathan Fisher, and drummer Andrew Griffith, as well as guest trombonist Carl Murr. 

November

6 Jonathan Fisher
A graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, bassist Jonathan Fisher performs regularly around the DFW music scene. Noting influences of Edgar Meyer, François Rabbath, Ray Brown, John Coltrane, Oscar Pettifford, and Paul Chambers, Fisher strives to fully explore the acoustic bass and the tonal possibilities of his instrument. He has performed with many revered members of the international and national jazz scene, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

13 Damon K. Clark
According to the Dallas Observer, "Damon K. Clark is a jaw-dropping talent, a gifted vocalist whose talents are near-unmatched." Very few artists successfully cross back and forth from jazz to classical and back again: Wynton Marsalis, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington come to mind, but now add to the list Dallas vocalist Damon K. Clark. The mellifluous tenor minimizes the aesthetic distance between the classical and jazz worlds. Acclaimed for his unusual sensitivity, versatility, and virtuosity, Clark is as much at home with Thelonius Monk's "'Round Midnight" as he is with Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."

20 Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Showcase
This annual jazz showcase highlights the talented seniors at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, under the direction of Bart Marantz. Since 1983, the school’s music program has won 239 Down Beat Student Music Awards, and its alumni have gone on to win 33 Grammys. The program has garnered international attention in recent years with performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the World Sax Conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Grammys, and the White House.

27 DMA Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Dallas Museum of Art will be closed on November 27. Jazz in the Atrium resumes on December 4.