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!
 

 

 

October

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. 

December

4 Rob Holbert Group
Led by tenor saxophonist and vocalist Rob Holbert, this group is well known for their delivery of smooth jazz, standards, and classics. Holbert has shared the stage with performers such as Bobby Bland, Pieces of a Dream, Betty Wright, Althea Rene, and Joe McBride.

11 Tom Braxton
Dynamic, energetic, charismatic, and warm-hearted are just a few words that have been used to describe saxophonist Tom Braxton, whose distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. He’s been described by Jazz Review as “one of smooth jazz's most prolific saxophonists . . . with all the required tools to become a major force.” His most recent album, The Next Chapter (2014), features Grammy winners Bob James, Earl Klugh, and Ricky Lawson, as well as one of smooth jazz's most beloved guitarists, Peter White.

18 Freddie Jones Jazz Group
Freddie Jones is a popular DFW-based jazz trumpet player and composer who can kick up the energy of a room by several notches. He has taken his trumpet and his group on the road throughout the Southwest, performing in hot spots from Austin’s The Elephant Room to Little Rock’s Riverfront Auditorium to numerous festivals in the DFW area, Oklahoma City, and everywhere in between. His band, the Freddie Jones Jazz Group, never fails to pull in the audience and deliver an exciting sound.

25 DMA Closed for Christmas Day
The Dallas Museum of Art will be closed on December 25.
Jazz in the Atrium resumes on January 8.