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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.