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
Jazz, R&B, & neo-soul featuring Mary Lawrence on trumpet & flugelhorn, Larri Branch on keyboard, Scott Chambers on bass, and Kelli Strawbridge on drums.
Classic jazz standards with Jack Winn on saxes and vocals, Lee Covington on piano, Randall Pharr on bass, and Ross Riddell on drums.
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.
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!
REGINALD CYNTJE BAND
Trombonist Reginald Cyntje blends jazz, Caribbean rhythms, and Afrobeat.
STEPHANIE NAKASIAN/HOD O’BRIEN TRIO
Bebop, standards and swing led by “The Renaissance Woman of Jazz,” vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, and jazz piano legend Hod O’Brien, with Jason Jenkins on bass.
ELANA LISA & THE HOT MESS
Jazz standards and Neo-Swing featuring Elana Lisa on lead vocals, Eric Oritt on electric guitar and vocals, John Dacey on acoustic bass and vocals, Ken Bowie on drums and vocals, and Allen Burris on tenor and soprano sax and flute.
JAZZ IN THE SPIRIT FEATURING RICHARD D’ABREU
Original compositions and arrangements of jazz and gospel with Richard D’Abreu, Jr. on saxophone , Lance Dickerson on piano, Zion Charity on bass, Lamar A. Moore on drums, and Richard D’Abreu, III on guitar and bass.