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.

While you’re at VMFA, take advantage of FREE admission to Posing Beauty on Thursdays. Reserve your free tickets now.

Jul 24
REGINALD CYNTJE BAND
A celebration of the music and culture of the Caribbean with the release of his new CD, Elements of Life, featuring Reginald Cyntje on trombone, Victor Provost on steel pan, Herman Burney on bass, and Amin Gumbs on drums.

Jul 31
QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ
Jazz, funk, soul and 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.

Aug 7
31 FINGERS JAZZ TRIO with Special Guest CHARLES OWENS
Jazz from the sophisticated styles of Cole Porter, Count Basie, and Dave Brubeck, to the sun-drenched sambas of Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Featuring Alex Heroux on piano, Vince Newton on bass, Pat Zampetti on drums, and Charles Owens on tenor sax.

Aug 14
M-LAW & MODERN PROPHETS OF JAZZ
Traditional jazz mixed with smooth grooves and electronic experimentation. Led by trumpet player Mary “M-Law” Lawrence with Larri Branch on piano, Scott Chambers on bass, and Kelli Strawbridge on drums.

Aug 21
VICTOR HASKINS TRIO
Exploring the many genres of jazz with original and popular tunes by Victor Haskins on cornet/compositions, Randall Pharr on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums.

Aug 28
LADY E & THE BLUES SYNSATION BAND
Vocalist Lady E sings “Blues with a touch of Jazz” with Al Campbell on piano, David Drew on bass, Mike Hoggard on drums, Rolando Jordan on trumpet, Doc Ralph Branch on bari sax, and featuring 16-year-old guitarist Morgan Burrs.

Sep 4
FORTE JAZZ TRIO
Smooth and jazzy standards and original music with Brian Pinner on saxophone, Pete Jaymes Ford on piano, and Darryl Rawlings on drums.

Sep 11
ROYCE CAMPBELL TRIO
Jazz standards in a mainstream jazz style with national recording artist Royce Campbell on guitar, Bob Bowen on bass, and Kevin Gaines on drums.

Sep 18
JIM BRANCH
Vocal blues and jazz favorites from Jim Branch, one of Richmond’s jazz pioneers with Dr. Weldon Hill on piano, Joe Sarver on bass, and Dave and Mike Hoggard on drums and percussion.

Sep 25
NEAL BOWENS PROJECT
Smooth jazz and neo soul with Neal Bowens on alto sax, Thurman Hargrove on keyboards, Scotty Chambers on bass, Romar Freeman on guitar, and Glen Jones on drums.