VMFA | Jazz Cafe

Cost: Free

Open to: All Ages

Dominion Jazz Cafe

Thursdays 6 – 9 pm, Best Café

Dominion Jazz Cafe

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.

 

SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 18
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.

FEBRUARY 25
“FUTURE PROSPECT”
Straight ahead Jazz with a contemporary twist featuring VCU graduate Trey Sorrells on saxophone, Morgan Burrs on guitar, Brandon Lane on bass and Cleandre Foster on drums.

MARCH 3
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

MARCH 10
QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ
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

MARCH 17
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

MARCH 24
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

MARCH 31
BARBARA MARTIN
Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Barbara Martin sings songs of wit and truth with Lee Covington on piano and recording artist Bob Bowen on bass


Past Performances

AUG 6
CURVE APPEAL
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.

AUG 13
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.

AUG 20
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.

AUG 27
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.

SEP 3
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.

SEP 10
QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ
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.

SEP 17
PAT LAWLER/DEBRA DEAN
Jazz, blues, and popular favorites with award-winning guitarist Patrick Lawler; vocalist Debra Dean and special guests.

SEP 24
RATTLEMOUTH
Jazz and World Beat Music with Danny Finney on saxophone, Robbie Kinter on drums, Wayne O’Bryan on bass, and Austin Green on guitar.

OCT 1
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

OCT 8
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!

OCT 15
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

OCT 22
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

OCT 29
THE DANKTET
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

NOVEMBER 5
CARLTON BLOUNT
Jazz favorites and popular hits with vocalist Carlton Blount

NOVEMBER 12
FLO’S MELLOW MOOD
Flo King sings mellow Jazz with an international flair

NOVEMBER 19
AFRO-ZEN ALLSTARS
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

NOVEMBER 27
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

DECEMBER 3
UNLATCH”
Jazz standards and original works featuring Macon Mann on Fender Rhodes keyboard, Jon Wheelock on upright bass, and Geoff Bakel on drums

DECEMBER 10
CURVE APPEAL
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

DECEMBER 17
JOHN WINN JAZZ ALL-STARS
Jazz standards and popular tunes led by saxophonist/vocalist John Winn; with Randall Pharr on bass and guests

JANUARY 7
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.

JANUARY 14
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.

JANUARY 21
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.

JANUARY 28
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;

FEBRUARY 4
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.

FEBRUARY 11
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.