Sammons Jazz Presents: A Trip to New Orleans
Sammons Center for the Arts
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines at Oak Lawn, lets the good times roll Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m. when the Fredrick Sanders Quartet and N’awlins Gumbo Kings pay tribute to the Crescent City with “A Trip to New Orleans,” an evening of New Orleans-style jazz and Dixieland sounds.
Opening the first concert of the 2014 spring season, the Fredrick Sanders Quartet features Sanders on piano, Quamon Fowler on saxophone, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Adonis Rose on drums. A Dallas native and Booker T. Washington graduate, Sanders has strong ties to New Orleans; he studied with jazz legend Alvin Batiste and Frank White at Southern University, played with Wynton Marsalis, and taught at Tulane University.
As their name suggests, the N’awlins Gumbo Kings have connections to the Big Easy that validate their Dixieland jazz. Taking the stage for the second set of the February 5 concert, the stellar cast of musicians includes Steve Howard on trumpet, Brian Piper on piano and vocals, Mike Sizer on saxophone, clarinet and vocals, Tony Baker on trombone, Carl Hillman on bass, and Mike Drake on drums.
Under the guidance of Artistic Director Arlington Jones, Sammons Jazz showcases both well-known and up-and-coming local jazz performers. The spring 2014 concerts are held on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May. Each Sammons Jazz concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and consists of two sets, with an intermission between sets. Doors to the Sammons Center’s Meadows Hall open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person per concert and include free valet parking, beverages, and a light dinner. Seating is general admission. Sammons Jazz members receive a $5 discount per concert; annual membership fees begin at $35. For tickets or membership information, call (214) 520-7789. All major credit cards are accepted.
Sammons Jazz is sponsored by A Fiore Catering, Ben E. Keith Co., Frost Bank, and Preferred Parking with additional support provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Target, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
The Sammons Center for the Arts was founded in 1981 to renovate the historic Turtle Creek Pump Station, built in 1909 at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, and operate it as a multipurpose arts center. After two years of renovation, the Center opened March 1, 1988. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Center provides low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and meeting space as well as administrative resources to arts organizations representing every discipline. It is home to 12 arts organizations and serves more than 50 other arts and community organizations. For more information, call (214) 520-7789 or visit www.sammonsartcenter.org.