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Joanna St. Angelo

Sammons Center for the Arts

214-520-7789

 HYPERLINK "mailto:joanna@sammonsartcenter.org" joanna@sammonsartcenter.org

DJAM 2014

DALLAS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

As part of a national initiative, a number of jazz presenters, jazz educators and jazz supporters in Dallas work together to create a collective initiative which is called D’JAM or Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month.   We are presenting a series of jazz events in April of 2014 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.

DALLAS PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

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

CBS/Oasis

Dallas Jazz Piano Society

Dallas Museum of Art – Jazz in the Atrium

KERA - Art & Seek

Latino Cultural Center

New Texas Symphony Orchestra

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 Theatrical Productions – Bishop Arts Theater Center Jazz Series

University of North Texas - School of Music

University of Texas Dallas – School of Arts & Humanities

Uptown Jazz Dallas

DJAM 2014 KICKS OFF WITH FREE JAZZ OPEN HOUSE

MARCH 15 AT DALLAS CITY PERFORMANCE HALL 1:00 – 5:00 PM

WHAT:Dallas kicks off Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month (D’JAM), April 1-April 30, 2014, with a free jazz open house featuring music by area jazz musicians and a presentation of the Jazz Legacy Awards in four categories—Artist, Educator, Supporter and Benefactor. The event is open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   FREE 

WHERE:Dallas City Performance Hall Lobby

2520 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District

Dallas, Texas  75201

WHO:Jazz music will be performed by the following:

Sammons Jazz Ensemble with James Gilyard and special guest Denise Lee

Jessica Curran Quartet from the University of North Texas

José Bowen and Jampact from Southern Methodist University

Jason Davis and Mahogany from the South Dallas Cultural Center

Interviews and photo opportunities with jazz artists can be arranged.

ABOUT:U.S. Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is held April 1-30 every year to draw public attention to the glories of American Jazz as both an historical and living treasure. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History since 2004 as a nationwide tribute, JAM is designed to energize and celebrate the American jazz scene and inspire people of all ages to participate in jazz—to study, attend concerts, listen to the radio and recordings, read books and support institutional programs. Visit HYPERLINK "../../../Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/Content.Outlook/S1H1W92D/www.smithsonianjazz.org"www.smithsonianjazz.org 

DJAM EVENTS – APRIL 2014

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

Senior Jazz Ensemble - Friday, April 24 – 7:00 PM – Sammons Center for the Arts - FREE 

Dallas Jazz Piano Society – Presents their “Rising Stars” Concert

Thursday, April 10 – 7:00 PM at Sammons Center for the Arts  - $20 admission

 HYPERLINK "http://www.dallasjazzpianosociety.org" www.dallasjazzpianosociety.org

Dallas Museum of Art – Jazz in the Atrium every Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM  - FREE

Thursday, April  - Javier Gutierrez Latin Jazz, Thursday, April 10 – Funky Knuckles

Thursday, April 17 – Dan Haerle Quartet, Thursday, April 24 – String Theory Manouche

 HYPERLINK "http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/programs/event/jazz-atrium" http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/programs/event/jazz-atrium 

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