Upcoming DFW Jazz gigs

This list is compiled by Chuck Mandernach

See what is happening with Jazz in the DFW area . This list is refreshed every 2 weeks.


Tuesday, May 15 - Jim Milan’s Bucket List Jazz Band Players are: Curt Wilson – clarinet; Jon Stone-baritone; Mark Thomas – trombone; Jim Milan – trombone; Brian Standridge – trumpet; Ron Puckett – trumpet; Danny Prado – drums; Richard Murrow – Bass; Richard Powell – Piano; Tom Reynolds - guitar, Shipping & Receiving Lounge, 7:30 – 9:30pm, 201 S. Calhoun, Fort Worth


Wednesday, May 16, 2017 – “Lunchtime Music in the Park” Sponsored by American Foundation of Musicians - Featuring Mike Bogle – Solo Piano - Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas, TX 75201– Noon – 1PM (Look for the Green Piano in the Park across from the Dallas Museum of Art) – Free


Wednesday, May 16 – Jazzist Interprets – Jody Binford – solo keyboard – The Bowen House, 2614 Boll Street, located directly behind S&D Oyster on McKinney, 4:30 to 7:00.


Wednesday, May 16 – Melani Skybell – solo piano/vocals, Table 13, Addison, 6:30 – 10:00


Wednesday, May 16 – Bobby Falk Group w/ Chris Borin, Bobby Falk, Lynn Seaton, Daniel Porter, Anne Falkenstein - Z Grill and Tap, 2321 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound, Texas 75028 (972-691-2300) - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 16 – Ross Redmond – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Wednesday, May 16 – “Lineage”, featuring Jeffry Eckels – bass, Brad Leali - alto saxophone, Sergio Pamies - piano, and Quincy Davis – drums - Steve’s Wine Bar (219 E. Hickory St. in Denton) – 8:00 to 10:00 www.steveswinebar.com


Wednesday May 16 - Elite Jazz Jam - John Adams, William Foley & Sean McCurley hosting - at The Balcony Club - John Adams - bass, William Foley - keys, & Sean McCurley – drums, and some of DFW’s finest jazz artists sitting in; The Balcony Club, 1825 West Abrams Street, Dallas, TX (214-826-8104) – 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 16 - The Free Man Cajun Cafe - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Sawyer Davis - Tuba, Derrick Clark - Drums - 10pm. no cover


Thursday, May 17 – Melani Skybell Trio – Russ Allor – bass, Sam Walker – guitar, Eddie V.’s, Dallas, 6:00 – 10:00, no cover


Thursday, May 17 - Jeff Robbins Duo at Melrose Library bar 7-11, no cover


Thursday, May 17 - The Texas Instruments Jazz Band — Downtown Garland Jazz in the Square (150 N 6th Street, Garland) - 7:00pm - FREE; Info - http://www.visitgarlandtx.com/events/2018/jazz-in-the-square


Thursday, May 17 – Sammons Cabaret presents Janelle Lutz - Kurth Hall, Sammons Center for the Arts - 8:00 p.m. Named the 2016 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year for her phenomenal cabaret performances at the Sammons Center, Janelle Lutz is also an award-winning actress who has won the hearts of North Texas audiences and critics alike. Performance consists of two sets, with an intermission between sets. Doors to Kurth Hall open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $40 per person per concert and include free valet parking, beverages and light appetizers. Sammons members receive a $5 discount per concert; annual membership fees begin at $35. For more information, including membership, call (214) 520-7788.


Thursday, May 17 – Alex Blair – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Thursday, May 17 - Joel Pipkin - Flamenco and Latin Jazz - Joel Pipkin - Guitar, Nick Jones - Guitar, Lee Schloss - Sax/Flute/Clarinet, and Jordan Pipkin - Percussion - Café Madrid - 7:00 to 9:30 - call (214) 414-3635 for a reservation - no cover - every Thursday


Thursday, May 17 – Open Mic – Stoney’s Wine Lounge – 7:30 to 9:30 – no cover, $5.00 minimum purchase


Thursday, May 17 – John Adams hosts “Tatiana sings Songs of Love & Life“ - at The Kitchen Cafe - John Adams - host & bass, with Tatiana Mayfield – vocalist, Stefan Karlsson - piano & Steve Barnes - drums - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Thursday, May 17 - 9:30 pm. The Balcony Club - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Dave Barr - Tuba, Gerard Bendiks – Drums


Fri. May 18 – Weekly jazz trio gig! (coordinated by John Adams) – Beau Nash - John Adams (& James Driscoll) - bass, Brian Piper - keys, & Steve Barnes – drums; Beau Nash, Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX (214-871-3200) – 6:00 – 9:00 pm (every Friday and Saturday!) – no cover


Friday, May 18- Steve Sonday, solo piano -- May Dragon 4848 Beltline Rd, Addison – 6:30 to 9:30


Friday, May 18 AJCO featuring Gale Cruz performing big band arrangements of The Rolling Stones - Sounds of Spring Concert Series - NRH City Hall, 4301 City Point Drive North Richland Hills - Gates open at 6, Concert at 7pm Admission is Free​ – parking is free


Friday, May 18 – Steve Story Quartet - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Friday, May 18 - Ashleigh Smith – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Friday, May 18 - Myles Tate Alliance – Stoney’s Wine Lounge - Skillman at Oram - 8:00 pm - 10:15pm - $10.00 cover & $10.00 minimum purchase


Friday, May 18 – Sarah and Robert Aberg – Cigar Art (504 North Bishop Ave) – 8:00 to 11:00


Fri. May 18 – “Special Edition Unplugged” - at Soho Food & Jazz – John Adams – bass, as part of an acoustical 4-pce configuration comprised from The Special Edition Band; Soho Food & Jazz, 5290 Beltline Road, Dallas, TX (972-490-8686) - 8:30 pm – 12:30 am - no cover


Sat. May 19 – Weekly jazz trio gig! (coordinated by John Adams) – Beau Nash – Brian Piper - keys, James Driscoll – bass & Steve Barnes – drums; Beau Nash, Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX (214-871-3200) – 6:00 – 9:00 pm (every Friday and Saturday!) – no cover


Saturday, May 19 - Steve Sonday, solo piano -- May Dragon 4848 Beltline Rd, Addison – 6:30 to 9:30


Saturday, May 19 - TheJazzMark Quartet – Mark Noethen - piano & vocals, Dennis Klophaus -trombone, Chris White -bass, and Jay Gewertz – drums - Hook Line and Sinker, 17602 Preston Rd. – 6:30 to 9:30 – no cover


Saturday, May 19 - FREE MAN (Deep ellum) - Bobby Falk quartet w/ Chris Borin, Simon Petty, Willie Wrinkle - 7:pm-10:pm


Saturday, May 19 – Ginny Mac Quartet - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Saturday, May 19 – Joe McBride – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Saturday, May 19 - Gabe Meadows - Stoney’s Wine Lounge, 6038 Oram St., Dallas, TX (214-953-3067) -8:00 pm – 10:15 pm - $10.00 cover & $10.00 minimum purchase


Sun. May 20 - "Millennial Swing” Sunday Brunch – Pop & Rock hits with Vintage styles - at Legacy Hall – John Adams – bass/leader, Vocalists Jeremy Smith & Gabby Byrd, Pete Clagett – trumpet, Josh Hanlon – keys & John Bryant – drums; Legacy Hall – Tap Room, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano, TX (972-846-4255) – 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - no cover


Sunday, May 20 – Johnny Case Western Swing - The Free Man Cajun Cafe and Bar - 1:30 – 4:30 - no cover


Sunday, May 20 – Joel Pipkin -Times Ten (Dallas) 4:00-7:00 PM - no cover


Sunday, May 20 – Henry Munoz Latin Band “Salsero” – Mena’s Grill, 2500 Lakeside Drive, Flower Mound, TX 75022 (214-285-9900). Go west on I-635, right on 121. Follow 2499 to Flower Mound, and left on Lakeside (about 1 ½ miles past Grapevine Mills) – 6:00 to closing.


Sunday, May 20, 6:00 pm - GDYO Jazz Institute Final Concert, featuring the 5 combos of the GDYO Jazz Institute - Sammons Center for the Arts. Free


Sunday, May 20 - Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble - Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum - 6:30-9:30. No cover. "Rebel Alliance is, upon occasion, reduced or scrubbed due to personnel being unavailable (including its leader). 3rd Sunday of the month is reserved for a fashion show. Quoting the New Yorker, 'Musicians...lead complex lives; it is always best to call ahead'."


Sunday, May 20 – 6:30p.m. Austin Academy Jazz Band/ 8:00 p.m. The Dallas Jazz Orchestra – Duke’s Icehouse – 7:00 to 10:00 – No cover.


Sunday, May 20 - Jonathan Fisher Trio with Shelly Carrol - sax and flute, Dave Zoller - piano, Jonathan Fisher – upright bass - and Andrew Griffith - drums - The Balcony Club - 8:30 to 12:30


Monday, May 21 - Memphis Brass - Memphis Nightclub, Addison Walk on Beltline. Great big-band music, great audiences, great food and drink!!! See you there, downbeat at 7:00!! Come early for the best seats in front of the band. Free taco and fajita bar and happy hour drinks with no cover charge!!


Tue. May 22 – Chris Milyo/Pete Clagett Group - Blue Note Tribute - at Scat Jazz Lounge – Chris Milyo – sax, Pete Clagett – tpt., John Adams – bass, Stefan Karlsson – piano, & Terence Hobdy – drums;Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817-870-9100) - 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm - no cover


Tuesday, May 22 - The Bucklin Brothers (Scott Bucklin - piano, Jason Bucklin - guitar, Chris Holmes - drums, Walter Nelson - bass) - The Balcony Club - 8:30 to 12:30


Wednesday, May 23 – Jazzist Interprets – Jody Binford – solo keyboard – The Bowen House, 2614 Boll Street, located directly behind S&D Oyster on McKinney, 4:30 to 7:00.


Wednesday, May 23 – Melani Skybell – solo piano/vocals, Table 13, Addison, 6:30 – 10:00


Wednesday, May 23 – Live Jazz - at Z Grill and Tap, 2321 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound, Texas 75028 (972-691-2300) - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 23 – Jeff Plant – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Wednesday, May 23 – “Lineage”, featuring Jeffry Eckels – bass, Brad Leali - alto saxophone, Sergio Pamies - piano, and Quincy Davis – drums - Steve’s Wine Bar (219 E. Hickory St. in Denton) – 8:00 to 10:00 www.steveswinebar.com


Wednesday May 23 - Elite Jazz Jam - John Adams, William Foley & Sean McCurley hosting - at The Balcony Club - John Adams - bass, William Foley - keys, & Sean McCurley – drums, and some of DFW’s finest jazz artists sitting in; The Balcony Club, 1825 West Abrams Street, Dallas, TX (214-826-8104) – 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 23 -The Free Man Cajun Cafe - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Sawyer Davis - Tuba, Derrick Clark - Drums - 10pm. no cover


Thursday, May 24 - Jeff Robbins Duo at Melrose Library bar 7-11, no cover


Thur. May 24 - The John Adams Group - at Buttons – Fort Worth - John Adams - bass, D-MAC - perc/voc., Larry Davis – keys & Ryan Brown - drums; Buttons – Fort Worth, 4701 West Airport Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (817-735-4900) – 7:00 - 11:00 pm - no cover


Thursday, May 24 – Melani Skybell Quartet CD Release Party! - Sam Walker – guitar, Jaelun Washington – drums, Russ Allor – bass, Eddie V.’s, Dallas, 7:00 – 9:00


Thursday, May 24 - Joel Pipkin - Flamenco and Latin Jazz - Joel Pipkin - Guitar, Nick Jones - Guitar, Lee Schloss - Sax/Flute/Clarinet, and Jordan Pipkin - Percussion - Café Madrid - 7:00 to 9:30 - call (214) 414-3635 for a reservation - no cover - every Thursday


Thursday, May 24 – Sherna Armstrong – Stoney’s Wine Lounge – 7:30 to 9:30 – no cover, $5.00 minimum purchase


Thursday, May 24 – Dana Harper – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Thursday, May 24 – Jerry Brown Blues Band - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Thursday, May 24 - 9:30 pm. The Balcony Club - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Dave Barr - Tuba, Gerard Bendiks – Drums


Fri. May 25 – Weekly jazz trio gig! (coordinated by John Adams) – Beau Nash - John Adams - bass, Brian Piper - keys, & Steve Barnes – drums;Beau Nash, Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX (214-871-3200) – 6:00 – 9:00 pm (every Friday and Saturday!) – no cover


Friday, May 25 - Steve Sonday, solo piano -- May Dragon 4848 Beltline Rd, Addison – 6:30 to 9:30


Friday, May 25 – Tony Hakim Band featuring Dave Walser playing the music of The Beatles & James Taylor- The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Friday, May 25 - Darwin Martin – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Friday, May 25 - The Mike Drake Trio - Mike - drums, Stefan Karlsson - piano, - Brian Mulholland - bass – Stoney’s Wine Lounge - Skillman at Oram - 8:00 pm - 10:15pm - $10.00 cover & $10.00 minimum purchase


Friday, May 25 – Sarah and Robert Aberg – Abruzzo’s (838 W. Davis St. – at North Tyler) 7:30 to 9:30


Friday May 25 Gale Cruz Trio with Randy Wensel - keys, Taylor Ann Katase - drums Soho Food And Jazz 5290 Beltline Road, Addison 8:30 to 12:30 No Cover - Great Food ​


Sat. May 26 – Weekly jazz trio gig! (coordinated by John Adams) – Beau Nash – Brian Piper – keys, Jeffry Eckles – bass, Mike Drake – drums; Beau Nash, Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX (214-871-3200) – 6:00 – 9:00 pm (EVERY Friday and Saturday!) – no cover


Saturday, May 26 - Steve Sonday, solo piano -- May Dragon 4848 Beltline Rd, Addison – 6:30 to 9:30


Saturday, May 26 – Melani Skybell Duo – Russ Allor – bass, Perry’s, Uptown Dallas, 6:30 – 10:30, no cover


Saturday, May 26 - Jack Allday & Swing Shift - The Free Man - 7:00 to 10:00 - no cover


Saturday, May 26 – Sandra Kaye- Cd release parwty - w/ Mike Garvey, Bobby Falk, Willie Wrinkle - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Saturday, May 26 – Tatiana"Ladymay"Mayfield – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Saturday, May 26 - Pete Brewer/Dennis Dotson Quintet - Stoney’s Wine Lounge, 6038 Oram St., Dallas, TX (214-953-3067) -8:00 pm – 10:15 pm - $10.00 cover & $10.00 minimum purchase


Sunday, May 27 – Drenda Barnett with Jack Allday and Swing Shift- The Free Man Cajun Cafe and Bar - 1:30 – 4:30 - no cover


Sunday, May 27 – The Mike Drake Trio plus Pete Brewer and Dennis Dotson. - Mike - drums, Stefan Karlsson - keyboard, John Adams - bass, Pete Brewer - saxophone, Dennis Dotson - trumpet -Times Ten (Dallas) 4:00-7:00 PM - no cover


Sunday, May 27 – Henry Munoz Latin Band “Salsero” – Mena’s Grill, 2500 Lakeside Drive, Flower Mound, TX 75022 (214-285-9900). Go west on I-635, right on 121. Follow 2499 to Flower Mound, and left on Lakeside (about 1 ½ miles past Grapevine Mills) – 6:00 to closing.


Sunday, May 27 - Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble - Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum - 6:30-9:30. No cover. "Rebel Alliance is, upon occasion, reduced or scrubbed due to personnel being unavailable (including its leader). 3rd Sunday of the month is reserved for a fashion show. Quoting the New Yorker, 'Musicians...lead complex lives; it is always best to call ahead'."


Sunday, May 27 – Galen Jeter and The Dallas Jazz Orchestra – Duke’s Icehouse – 7:00 to 10:00 – No cover.


Sunday, May 27 - Jonathan Fisher Trio with Shelly Carrol - sax and flute, Dave Zoller - piano, Jonathan Fisher – upright bass - and Andrew Griffith - drums - The Balcony Club - 8:30 to 12:30


Tue. May 29 – Chris Milyo/Pete Clagett Group - Blue Note Tribute - at Scat Jazz Lounge – Chris Milyo – sax, Pete Clagett – tpt., John Adams – bass, Stefan Karlsson – piano, & Terence Hobdy – drums;Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817-870-9100) - 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm - no cover


Tuesday, May 29 - The Bucklin Brothers (Scott Bucklin - piano, Jason Bucklin - guitar, Chris Holmes - drums, Walter Nelson - bass) - The Balcony Club - 8:30 to 12:30


Wednesday, May 30 – Jazzist Interprets – Jody Binford – solo keyboard – The Bowen House, 2614 Boll Street, located directly behind S&D Oyster on McKinney, 4:30 to 7:00.


Wednesday, May 30 – Melani Skybell – solo piano/vocals, Table 13, Addison, 6:30 – 10:00


Wednesday, May 30 – Live Jazz - at Z Grill and Tap, 2321 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound, Texas 75028 (972-691-2300) - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 23 – Russ Hewitt – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Wednesday, May 30 – “Lineage”, featuring Jeffry Eckels – bass, Brad Leali - alto saxophone, Sergio Pamies - piano, and Quincy Davis – drums - Steve’s Wine Bar (219 E. Hickory St. in Denton) – 8:00 to 10:00 www.steveswinebar.com


Wednesday May 30 - Elite Jazz Jam - John Adams, William Foley & Sean McCurley hosting - at The Balcony Club - John Adams - bass, William Foley - keys, & Sean McCurley – drums, and some of DFW’s finest jazz artists sitting in; The Balcony Club, 1825 West Abrams Street, Dallas, TX (214-826-8104) – 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm - no cover


Wednesday, May 30 -The Free Man Cajun Cafe - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Sawyer Davis - Tuba, Derrick Clark - Drums - 10pm. no cover


Thursday, May 31 – Melani Skybell Trio – Nic Tsolainos – bass, Sam Walker – guitar, Eddie V.’s, Dallas, 6:00 – 10:00, no cover


Thursday, May 31 - Jeff Robbins Duo at Melrose Library bar 7-11, no cover


Thursday, May 31 - Joel Pipkin - Flamenco and Latin Jazz - Joel Pipkin - Guitar, Nick Jones - Guitar, Lee Schloss - Sax/Flute/Clarinet, and Jordan Pipkin - Percussion - Café Madrid - 7:00 to 9:30 - call (214) 414-3635 for a reservation - no cover - every Thursday


Thursday, May 31 – Jim Riggs Quartet – Stoney’s Wine Lounge – 7:30 to 9:30 – no cover, $5.00 minimum purchase


Thursday, May 31 – Tim Ishi’s Big Band “Kitchen Sync” - The Kitchen Café - Dallas - 7:30-10:30 pm - $10 cover


Thursday, May 31– Marcelo Berestovoy – Chocolate Secrets - - 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (214-252-9801) 7:30 to 11:00 - no cover


Thursday, May 31 - 9:30 pm. The Balcony Club - HausBone - Dennis Klophaus - Trombone and Vocals, George Bond - Guitar, Dave Barr - Tuba, Gerard Bendiks – Drums