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 3
CURV APPEAL
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.

Jul 10
MARY HERMANN GARCIA
Jazz standards, bossa novas, blues, and New Orleans music with vocalist Mary Hermann García, Antonio García on trombone, percussion, vocals; John Conley on guitar; and Brian Sulser on bass.

Jul 17
TONY MATA TRIO
Sophisticated jazz in a trio format with Tony Mata on guitar, Brian Jones on drums, and Jimmy Masters on bass.

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.