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Jazz Appreciation Month going strong

April 8, 2013

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

A clearinghouse for April Jazz Appreciation programming is Dallas JAM, offering a calendar overflowing with Dallas-centric Jazz events. Most of the the events are listed on Uptown Jazz is a “diverse community for all musicians, venues, fashion, film and arts enthusiasts.”

One of the many premiere shows has the Sammons Center for the Arts Sammons Jazz teaming up with the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band. This performance precedes the three-day Denton Arts & Jazz Fest by one day. The UNT Jazz ensembles and bands will perform throughout the festival on the UNT Stage at Quakertown Park in Denton.

Jazzin’ Dallas, DJAM

Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 8 p.m.DJAMBG
Presented by Sammons Center for the Arts
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Sammons Jazz,, from the Sammons Center for the Arts and The One O’Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas, join forces for a night of swinging jazz at the spectacular new City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas, in the Dallas Arts District.
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This special concert is part of the D’JAM Jazz Initiative. D’JAM stands for “Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month” and is part of the national effort founded by the Smithsonian to promote jazz as a singular and unique American art form in April of every year.

2013 One O'Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Weist

2013 One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Weist

Sammons Jazz presents “Sammons Jazz plays Motown”. The Sammons Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Arlington Jones, creatively transforms some popular Motown classics into modern day jazz standards. The ensemble features Arlington Jones on piano, vocalists Simone Rodgers and Garry Williams, saxophonists Tom Braxton and Keith Anderson, Stockton Helbing on drums and Braylon Lacy on bass. Arlington Jones is a Steinway Artist.

The One O’Clock Lab Band presents Grammy Jazz. Under the direction of Steve Wiest, the band has been nominated for 6 Grammys over the years and will play the pieces that were nominated and selections from the albums that were nominated. JAM_logo_vertical

This event is part of Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month. For a list of other DJAM events click here.

About Jazz Appreciation Month

In August, 2003 at the behest of the Smithsonian the U.S. Congress passed legislation which was signed by the President: Public Law 108-72, declaring:

“(1) the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History should be commended for establishing a Jazz Appreciation Month; and (2) musicians, schools, colleges, libraries, concert halls, museums, radio and television stations, and other organizations should develop programs to explore, perpetuate, and honor jazz as a national and world treasure.”

The purpose of Jazz Appreciation Month is to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz—to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs.  Organizations and communities all over the country are encouraged to participate in their own way.

In honor of this important national initiative, a number of jazz presenters, jazz educators and jazz supporters in Dallas came together to create a collective initiative which is now called D’JAM or Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month, and are presenting a series of events in April of 2012 highlighting and showcasing jazz in the greater Dallas community. This volunteer collective includes nonprofit arts groups, universities, festivals, Arts Magnet high schools, cultural centers, jazz clubs and churches.


Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts – Jazz Studies Dept

Dallas Jazz Piano Society

Dallas Museum of Art – Jazz in the Atrium

KERA – Art & Seek

Latino Cultural Center

Sammons Center for the Arts – Sammons Jazz

Sandaga Jazz

SMU – Meadows School for the Arts

South Dallas Cultural Center

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Teco Theater – Bishop Arts Theater Center Jazz Series

University of North Texas – School of Music

University of Texas Dallas – School of Arts & Humanities

Uptown Jazz Dallas

Cadillac Jazz Lounge | Lite 103.7 FM – Sun. 8a-11a

Times Ten Cellars

The Balcony Club

Special Advisors to D’JAM – Levenson and Brinker, Roger Boykin, James Gilyard


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