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
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