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.
31 Ron Jones
Saxophonist and composer Ron Jones leads an ensemble of players performing his original compositions and other arrangements of jazz standards. He's recorded two original jazz CDs, written music for CNN, recorded with Al Green and Teo Macero, jammed onstage with Smokey Robinson, and opened for Crosby Stills & Nash. On his latest album, Initiative, he merges jazz, blues and classic rock influences into an upbeat, enjoyable listening experience.
For the month of August, the DMA invites you to explore the life and work of Art Smith, whose work is currently featured in our exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith. Smith’s passion for jazz is evident throughout his work—he even designed the Ellington Necklace in honor of his favorite musician. Throughout the month, Jazz in the Atrium will feature the jazz that inspired Smith, performed by some of the area’s greatest musicians.
View the full Jazz and Jewelry: Celebrating Art Smith in August schedule of events.
7 Dave Zoller & Daybreak Express
Dave Zoller, composer, arranger, and pianist, performs the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with leading musicians from the Dallas jazz scene. Zoller has backed such top acts as Kay Starr, Gloria Loring, George Kirby, and the Smothers Brothers. Art Smith was an avid fan of both Ellington and Strayhorn.
14 Fredrick Sanders
Dallas-native Fredrick Sanders is a gifted pianist and the quintessence of what a present-day jazz pianist should be. For over two decades, he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer, and educator. As a nod to Art Smith’s famed New Orleans Necklace, Sanders performs New Orleans jazz, drawing from his experience studying with world-renowned Alvin Batiste at Southern University and teaching at Tulane University. He has also performed with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, and Roy Hargrove.
21 Mahogany the Artist
Sophisticated, beautiful, and cool. Candace “Mahogany” Miller continues to entice music lovers everywhere with her warm sound, smooth musical execution, and classy approach to her art. She has been a vocalist all of her life, playing both piano and drums, while keeping a steady hand in writing and production. Along with her band, JamBox, Miller will highlight some of the female vocalists who inspired Art Smith, including Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone.
28 Shelley Carrol
Saxophone legend Shelley Carrol highlights the music of Duke Ellington, one of Art Smith’s biggest inspirations. Carrol hails from a family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston and graduated from the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While attending the University of North Texas, he was a member of the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band and was later invited to tour the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has also performed with Sheryl Crow, Maureen McGovern, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and a host of others.
Artist Art Smith was a jazz enthusiast and a jewelry maker. DMA Friends who visit the exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith and attend Jazz in the Atrium throughout the month of August will earn the limited-edition Jazz in Vogue Badge.
4 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.
11 Michael Palma Group
Pianist and composer Michael Palma is one of the most sought-after and highly respected musicians in the DFW jazz scene. A graduate of Booker T. Washington’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Berklee College of Music, Palma has shared the stage with many musical greats, such as Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, and Jimmy Cobb, to name a few. His music can be heard on such award-winning television programs as Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Expose, and America’s Best Dance Crew, as well as on high-profile networks such as MTV, ABC, NFL Network, and Superstation.
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.