The jazz community in North Texas is strong, resilient, and concerned with everyone’s health and safety. To comply with orders that will help slow the spread of COVID-19, most jazz venues are temporarily closed. Below are some options to enjoy the music we all love plus resources for artists who need help during this challenging time.


The JAZZ section is compiled by Chuck Mandernach and updated every 2 weeks. To submit a jazz event listing or be sent the event list, email

Friday, May 8

6:00 p.m. | Carolyn Lee Jones And Brad Williams: A Vintage Collection at Brad’s Studio

Classic jazz/vintage pop vocalist Carolyn Lee Jones and pianist Brad Williams will livestream an at-home show from his music room. You will have to create a sign-in to Stageit to get to the performance. If you start at the Stageit home page, sign in and enter Carolyn Lee Jones in the Search box at the top.

7:00 p.m. | The Kitchen After Dark – Stockton Helbing Jazz Initiative

Join Stockton Helbing and his band as they present a “redo” of their canceled March presentation on the Incredible Jimmy Smith. Stockton will be joined by Shelley Carrol on tenor saxophone, Davy Mooney on guitar and Josh Hanlon on B-3 organ. You can tune in via the Helbing Jazz Initiative Facebook page, or the Kitchen After Dark Facebook page.

8:00 p.m. | John Adams, Solo Double Bass Concert (live on Facebook)

Tune in for this short, 40minute concert of music for Double Bass, consisting of Jazz Standards, Bach Cello Suite excerpts, and a couple of surprises.

Grown Folks Jazz Virtual Concert

Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

May 14 – Linny Nance & Network, the Trio

May 21 – Fingerprints

May 28 – Taylor Pace with opening artist Therese-Marie

Home With The Soul Gent

Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Arlington Jones’ live YouTube concert.

Pecos River Brass

Live every morning on Facebook

Sammons Center for the Arts Youtube Channel

Sammons Jazz Concert clips and Take 6 interviews with Arlington Jones and Sammons Jazz musicians.

Steve’s Wine Bar Jazz Gigs Collection

Interview with Curly Broyles on Fort Worth Community Television by Curt Wilson

Sherman Jazz Museum Blog Video Archive

Familiar faces like Rodney Booth, Randy Lee, Mike Drake, Bobby Breaux, Dave Zoller, The UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, Jim Riggs Big Band, and many, many more, including Sherman native, the great tenor player, Buddy Tate.

Dale McFarland’s “Jazz Street Revisited”

Grants & Resources

Below is a list of grants and other resources to help local artists navigate these challenging days. Please note that the list may not include every available resource; some of the links are updated daily. Please stay safe and healthy until we can return to enjoying your incredible talent live and in person.

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund

Financial aid and social services for AGMA members in good standing.

Artist Relief

$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Artist Relief Project

Any artist in any discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for emergency relief and support. Stipends and support will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise. The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you are an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot.


Links to state-by-state resources for financial and health services, updated daily.

COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund

Awards for professional blues musicians to assist with immediate essential needs.

Dallas Artist Relief Fund

Providing support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DFW Professional Musicians Association

For those in need of financial assistance, we will soon post an application form and guidelines about the process of fund distribution.

Freelance Artist Resources

List of webinars and other events to help freelancers now and in the future.

Jazz Foundation of America

COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund

The Music Stand Musicians Emergency Fund

Now accepting applications to assist professional musicians with basic living needs during this COVID-19 crisis.

Musician Health Resource

List of financial aid resources available nationally and by state, updated daily.

Paycheck Protection Program

Forgivable loans issued by SBA lenders to cover payroll and other business-related costs for all businesses, including self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and sole proprietorships.

Quick Assist Fund – Jazz Road

Temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The fund provides a limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled.

Recording Academy MusicCares

MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Low-interest loans for small businesses and private nonprofit organizations.

Texas Workforce Commission

File for unemployment benefits. Claims for individuals affected by COVID-19 are eligible to be backdated. Texans will not be penalized for a delay due to call or user volume. Staggering claims will provide help to reduce frustrations for many Texans and provide better access to needed services.

Tele-Center Customer Service: 800-939-6631 (available daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central)

Tele-Serv Automated System: 800-558-8321 (general information available 24/7; claim status and payment requests available daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central)

Recommended Call and Access Times:

Area Codes Beginning with 9: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.- Noon

Area Codes Beginning with 3, 4, 5, 6: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Area codes Beginning with 7, 8: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon

Area codes Beginning with 2: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Compiled 4/15/2020

Jazz Happenings in DFW