Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA’s Best Café. Dominion Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. Artists subject to change.
REGINALD CYNTJE BAND
Jazz blended with Caribbean rhythms and Afro-beat featuring award-winning trombonist Reginald Cyntje
CONNOR THOMPSON QUARTET
Traditional Jazz from bebop to bossa melded with modern influences featuring Larri Branch on keys, Joe Lubman on drums, Brian Cruse on bass, and Connor Thompson on guitar
Straight ahead Jazz with a contemporary twist featuring Trey Sorrells on alto sax, Jackson Shurlds on trumpet, Jacob Ungerleider on keys, Morgan Burrs on guitar, Brandon Lane on bass and Cleandré Foster on drums
Jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook with vocalist Carol Covell, Stan Smith on keyboard and James Bjork on sax
CHRIS VASI QUARTET
Modern and vintage Jazz from Latin and bop, to funk and Monk featuring Chris Vasi on guitar, John Lilley on saxophone; Drex Weaver on drums; Carter Blough on bass
Straight-ahead vibraphone jazz with a funky, contemporary flair! Thurman Hargrove on keyboards, Michael Hawkins on bass, McCoy Eaton on drums, and Curvey Reid on vibraphone and congas.
THE SRN BAND
An eclectic mix of modern jazz standards with contemporary favorites featuring Lucy Kilpatrick on keys, Ken Friend on bass, Vic Smiley on guitar, and Ray Grady on drums.
VICTOR HASKINS’ “SKEIN”
A unique instrumentation of EWI (electronic wind instrument), cornet, bass, and drums converge to perform original music and imaginative reworkings of popular songs and jazz standards. Victor Haskins on EWI and cornet, Mike Hawkins on bass, and Isaac Edgerton on drums.
MONIKA HERZIG and “The Whole World in Her Hands”
Nationally renowned ladies take the stage featuring leader/pianist Monika Herzig with Jamie Baum on flute, Reut Regev on trombone, and Jennifer Vincent on bass.
BOB BLAGG QUARTET
Jazz standards from the “Great American Songbook” and contemporary favorites with Bob Blagg on guitar, Ken Kellner on bass, Todd Woodson on drums, and Debra Clinton on lead vocals.
Jazz, funk, soul & gospel with William Prentiss on flute/tenor Sax, Chris Moseley on trumpet/flugelhorn, Sam Craddock on bass, Eron Gray on drums, Hannon Lane on guitar, Keith Henderson on percussion, and Keith Wallace on keyboard.
PAT LAWLER/DEBRA DEAN
Jazz, blues, and popular favorites with award-winning guitarist Patrick Lawler; vocalist Debra Dean and special guests.
Jazz and World Beat Music with Danny Finney on saxophone, Robbie Kinter on drums, Wayne O’Bryan on bass, and Austin Green on guitar.
M-LAW & THE PROPHETS OF JAZZ
Jazz and Neo-Soul featuring Mary Lawrence “M-Law” on trumpet, Scott Chambers on bass, Larri Branch on keyboards, and Kelli Strawbridge on drums
MIKE DAVISON & THE LATIN JAZZ MESSENGERS
High-energy arrangements of Latin Jazz classics and popular tunes led by Dr. Michael Davison on trumpet—Muy Caliente!
31 FINGERS JAZZ (PLUS SPECIAL GUEST)
Delivering the elegance of Ellington and Porter, popular sounds of Basie and Brubeck, and the breezy, sun drenched sambas of Jobim, 31 Fingers Jazz Trio is led by Alex Heroux – Piano, and includes Kyffin Salter – Bass, and Patrick Zampetti – Drums, with Special Guest, Myrick Crampton – Flute
GLENNROY & COMPANY
One of the area’s favorite groups for over 20 years! Flutist/vocalist Glennroy Bailey leads with Debo Dabney on keyboards, Everard Thompson on bass, and Ellwood Henderson on drums
A unique blend of Jazz, funk, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and R&B with Dane Alderson (of The Yellowjackets!) on bass, Brian Mesko on guitar, and Forrest Young on drums
Jazz favorites and popular hits with vocalist Carlton Blount
FLO’S MELLOW MOOD
Flo King sings mellow Jazz with an international flair
World music and Ethiopian Jazz featuring Toby Whitaker on trombone; John Lilley on alto & tenor saxes; Chris Sclafani on baritone sax; CJ Alicea on drums; Hector Barez on percussion; Brian Cruse on bass; Chris Vasi on guitar; George M Lowe on guitar/arrangements
GENE PENDLETON & SKETCHES
High energy contemporary Jazz with Keith White on drums, Mathew Steel on bass;
Debo Dabney on piano; Maron Corey on trumpet ; vocalist Golden Skipper and Gene Pendleton on guitar
Jazz standards and original works featuring Macon Mann on Fender Rhodes keyboard, Jon Wheelock on upright bass, and Geoff Bakel on drums
Straight ahead vibraphone Jazz with a funky, contemporary flair! Thurman Hargrove on keyboards and vocals; Michael Hawkins on bass; Ronnie Thomas on drums; Curvey Reid on vibraphone and percussion
JOHN WINN JAZZ ALL-STARS
Jazz standards and popular tunes led by saxophonist/vocalist John Winn; with Randall Pharr on bass and guests
LARRI BRANCH AGENDA
Pianist Larri Branch plays serious Jazz with a light touch, from Bud Powell to George Gershwin and more with Brian Cruse on Bass, Chris Ryan on Guitar, and C.J. Wolf on Drums.
MARY HERMANN GARCIA
Vocalist Mary Hermann García performs with trombonist/percussionist Antonio García, guitarist John Conley, and bassist Brian Sulser in sets of music from the Brazilian and Great American Songbooks.
DOCTORS OF JAZZ
Swing and traditional Dixieland Jazz with Dick Dunsing-banjo; Martin Ryle-trombone; Rob James-cornet; Gene Anderson-clarinet; Paul Welaskay-piano; Akira Suzuki-drums; Ben Anderson- bass/washboard; Joe Troncale-vocals; Stan Goldberg – cornet.
TRIPLE CROSSING JAZZ PROJECT
Classic tunes from the Great American Songbook with Jay Brown on tenor sax/percussion; Kirkland Jackson on bass; Mary Lynn Eastman on piano;
VICTOR HASKINS’ “SKEIN”
Original compositions and reworkings of popular songs and standards featuring Victor Haskins on cornet and electronic wind instrument with bassist Mike Hawkins and drummer Tony Martucci.
CHARLES OWENS QUARTET
A new groove oriented quartet with Charles Owens on sax, , Andrew Randazzo on electric bass, Devonne Harris on keyboards and Kelli Strawbridge on drums featuring originals and covers from Marvin Gaye to Fleetwood Mac.
ROGER POUNCEY TRIO
The Roger Pouncey Trio performs a mix of original and standard songs. Roger Pouncey on guitar, Randall Pharr on bass, and C.J. Wolfe on drums.
RANDY JOHNSTON GROUP featuring Jonah Kane-West
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Randy Johnston brings the bluesy and funky sound of the guitar/organ/drums trio with Jonah Kane-West on organ and C. J. Wolfe on drums
Jazz, Funk, Soul & Gospel with William Prentiss on flute/tenor Sax; Chris Moseley on trumpet/flugelhorn; Sam Craddock on bass; Eron Gray on drums; Hannon Lane on guitar; Keith Henderson on percussion; and Keith Wallace on keyboard
RIVER CITY SWING
Jazz standards, swing, and Latin flavors with Calvin Farmer on sax, Fred Ostrow on piano, Chuck Peterson on bass, Ken Wootton on drums, and “Swinging” Sara Fletcher on vocals
SHARON RAE NORTH
Jazzy vocals, straight ahead and smooth from recording artist Sharon Rae North with Jerel Crockett on keyboards, Wilbert Anderson on bass, Vic Smiley on guitar and Rickky Gray on drums
Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Barbara Martin sings songs of wit and truth with Lee Covington on piano and recording artist Bob Bowen on bass
GLORIA GLASGOW QUINTET
Jazz Standards featuring Gloria Glasgow on vocals, Calvin Barnes on keyboard, Michael Hawkins on bass; Christopher Ferrara on drums; Kevin Simpson on saxophone
MIKE DAVISON AND LATIN JAZZ MESSENGERS
High energy arrangements of Latin Jazz classics and popular tunes from Cuban, Brazilian and American Jazz led by UofR trumpeter Dr. Michael Davison.
JONATHAN GREENBERG AND THE JAZZ WARRIORS
Original arrangements of Jazz standards featuring trumpeter Jonathan Greenberg
ELANA LISA & THE HOT MESS
Jazz standards and Neo-Swing featuring Elana Lisa lead vocals, Eric Oritt on electric guitar and vocals, John Dacey on acoustic bass and vocals, Ken Bowie on drums and vocals and Allen Burris on tenor and soprano sax, flute
JOHNNY HOUSTON & “SWAGGER”
Jazz and Blues standards led by Richmond Legend Johnny Houston on sax and vocals with Mack Baker on keyboards, Billy Baker on bass, Ernest Waller on drums and vocalist Taleta Jones
MARSHA MEEKINS & FRIENDS
Jazz standards and popular favorites featuring Marsha Meekins on flute with Michelle Lightfoot on keyboard; Carl Lester El on bass; Ronnie Cokes on drums and vocalist Marjorie Jones
GOOD SHOT JUDY
Jazz variety including straight ahead, Latin Jazz, Blues, Cha-cha and more featuring vocalist and pianist Brett Cahoon with Jeff Cahoon on bass, Mike Smith on drums and Brandon Musko on sax
Straight ahead Jazz with a funky, contemporary flair featuring Curvey Reid on vibraphone and congas with Thurman Hargrove on keyboards; Michael Hawkins on bass; and McCoy Eaton on drums
BOB BLAGG QUARTET
Sophisticated arrangements of Jazz standards, popular songs and swing with vocalist Deb Clinton; Ken Kellner on upright bass; Todd Woodson on drums and Bob Blagg on guitar
LAWRENCE OLDS BAND
Classic Jazz and Blues featuring vocalist Lawrence Olds with Chris Whiteman on guitar, Charlie Kilpatrick on keyboard, Randall Pharr on bass and Todd Woodson on drums
STEPHANIE NAKASIAN & HOD O’BRIEN featuring VERONICA SWIFT
Award-winning Jazz family with Stephanie Nakasian on vocals and legendary pianist Hod O’Brien; and, featuring their daughter Veronica Swift, winner of 2016 Downbeat Best Jazz Voice Student Award
M-LAW & THE PROPHETS OF JAZZ
Jazz and Neo-Soul featuring Mary Lawrence “M-Law” on trumpet, Scott Chambers on bass, Larri Branch on keyboards, and Ronnie Thomas on drums
PAT LAWLER AND DEBRA DEAN
Jazz, Blues and Popular favorites with award winning guitarist Patrick Lawler; vocalist Debra Dean and special guests
CLAUDIA CARAWAN QUARTET
An evening of great American Jazz standards with Claudia Carawan on vocals and sax, Bruce Sullivan on keyboard, Carter Blough on bass and Donald Faye on woodwinds
JAZZ IN THE SPIRIT FEATURING RICHARD D’ABREU
Jazz and Gospel with Richard D’Abreu, Jr. on saxophone, Jerell Crockett on piano, John Walters on drums and Richard D’Abreu, III on bass
FLO’S MELLOW MOOD
Flo King sings romantic Jazz standards in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese!