A crowd is gathered in Best Cafe for a Jazz Cafe performance.

Cost: Free

Open to: All Ages

Jazz Cafe

Thursdays 6 – 9 pm

Best Café

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA’s Best Café. The 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

Jan 15
CHARLES OWENS
The music and spirit of jazz legends John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and more from recording artist Charles Owens on sax, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Devonne Harris on drums.

Feb 5
LANI BASS
Vocalist Lani Bass sings jazz, blues and everything in between with Lee Covington on piano, Randall Pharr on bass, and Todd Woodson on drums.

Feb 12
BUTCHER BROWN
Butcher Brown is a soul fusion quartet comprised of young musicians with old souls, rooted in the tradition of jazz while striving for progressive sounds in new music with Keith Askey on guitar, Devonne Harris AKA “DJ Harrison” on keyboards, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Corey Fonville on drums.

Feb 19
BILLY WILLIAMS
Drummer Billy Williams leads this quartet playing fresh takes on jazz classics and world music featuring Ayinde Williams on piano, Trey Sorrells on alto sax, and Jason Jenkins on bass.

Feb 26
HOTEL X
For 23 years Hotel X has performed an eclectic blend of jazz improvisation with funky African grooves and heavily tinged with music from Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean featuring Tim Harding on alto sax, Chris Vasi and Charles Nill on guitars, Charles Hunter on keyboards, Carter Blough on bass, Hunter Duke on drums, James McDonald, and Adrien Bayo on percussion.

Mar 5
DOORS WIDE OPEN
Contemporary jazz and smooth favorites with Jerel Crockett on keyboard, Jonathan Derricott on bass, Derrick Simmons on drums, Lenny Holmes on guitar, and Mathew Zavitz on sax.

Mar 12
M-LAW & MODERN PROPHETS OF JAZZ
Jazz, R&B, & neo-soul featuring Mary Lawrence on trumpet & flugelhorn, Larri Branch on keyboard,  Scott Chambers on bass, and Kelli Strawbridge on drums.

Mar 19
JACK WINN-TET
Classic jazz standards with Jack Winn on saxes and vocals, Lee Covington on piano, Randall Pharr on bass, and Ross Riddell on drums.

Mar 26
GLORIA GLASGOW
Jazz and blues favorites featuring veteran vocalist Gloria Glasgow with Calvin Brown on keyboard, Michael Hawkins on bass, Keith Willingham on drums, and Doug Bethel on trombone.