Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Sat, Apr 13

Join Doc Watkins and his Orchestra on select Saturday nights for an unforgettable night of dinner, drinks, and classic big band music. Doc and his 10-piece Orchestra will feature the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and much, much more. Come join the party! As always, our kitchen and bar will be open for dinner service, and the dance floor will be open. See you at the show! 

Seinfeld's J. Peterman comes to Jazz, TX!

Seinfeld's J. Peterman comes to Jazz, TX!

Tue, Apr 16

Back by popular demand! Award-winning actor, singer, and comedian John O’Hurley comes to Jazz, TX for an unforgettable show with the Doc Watkins Orchestra on Tuesday, April 16th. One night only! Known for his roles in Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars, and Monty Python's Spamalot, O'Hurley is the consummate gentleman and entertainer. Mr. O'Hurley will be accompanied by the 10-piece Doc Watkins Orchestra. As always, our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: The Ari Hoenig Trio

Jazz, TX Presents: The Ari Hoenig Trio

Wed, Apr 17

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." -JAZZ TIMES Born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Ari Hoenig, was exposed at an early age to a variety of musical experiences. His father is a conductor and classical singer, his mother a violinist and pianist. Accordingly, at 4 years of age, Ari began studying the violin and piano. He began playing drums at age twelve, and by age fourteen he was honing his skills with other young jazz musicians at Philly clubs such as Ortlieb’s JazzHaus. Ari attended the prestigious University of North Texas for three years, where he studied with Ed Soph while playing with the “One O’Clock” Lab Band. Wanting to be closer to New York City, in 1995 Ari transferred to William Patterson College in northern New Jersey. He soon found himself playing for legendary Philadelphia organist Shirley Scott and working regularly in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Ari moved into Brooklyn and found himself playing extensively with a variety of groups, including Jean Michel Pilc Trio, Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Jazz Mandolin Project and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bona and Pat Martino. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ivan Linz, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, and Gerry Mulligan, although he got kicked off the stage by security shortly thereafter. Both of Ari’s self-produced solo drum CDs, “Time Travels” (2000) and “The Life Of A Day” (2002), document his exploratory nature and they represent an ambitious tribute to the melodic possibilities of the drum set. Today, Ari continues to build on the concepts of these two records by playing largely improvised solo concerts using a simple four piece drum kit without help from extraneous percussion instruments. The Ari Hoenig Quartet was formed at the end of 2002 while playing every Monday night at the New York Village jazz club Fat Cat. The band featured Jacques Schwarz-Bart on tenor sax, Jean Michel Pilc on piano, and Matt Penman on bass. They released two records on the Smalls Records label: “The Painter” (2004) and the DVD “Kinetic Hues” (2005) In 2006 Ari signed a multi-record deal with Dreyfus Records and released his first record for them called “Inversations” (2006) which features the trio of Jean Michel Pilc and Johannes Weidenmueller. “Bert’s Playground” (2008), Ari’s second record for Dreyfus, features Ari’s Punk Bop Band joined by Chris Potter. Highlights of this record include Chris’s solo on Moments Notice and Ari jumping around in red pants on the cover. Jonathan Kreisberg, Matt Penman, Will Vinson, Gilad Hekselman and Orlando le Fleming also represent on this one. The next record project was for “Smalls Live”, a record label set up in 2009 to document some of the music being performed at the “Smalls Jazz Club” in New York where Ari has had a residency since 2003. Ari chose his Punk Bop Band to make this live record “Punk Bop Live at Smalls (2010)”. The Punk Bop Band features Will Vinson on alto, Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and fellow Jazz Mandolin Project alumni, Danton Boller on bass. Tigran Hamasyan is a special guest on 4 tracks as well. Ari’s Quartet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman, Orlando le Fleming and Chris Tordini released “Lines of Oppression” (2011) on the Naïve label. This record represents a culmination of Ari’s bandleading, composing and accounting skills. In 2013 Ari and his Quartet won the prestigious BMW Welt (World) award in Munich, an international competition for best band led by a drummer. In 2016, Ari Released The Pauper and the Magician on AH-HA Records. It features the quintet of Shai Maestro on piano, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Tivon Pennicott on Sax and Orlando Le Fleming on bass. On this record, Ari explores the link between story telling and jazz by creating a soundtrack to the improvised and sometimes twisted stories he tells his two small children. In 2018, Ari released a standards record called NY Standard (a tribute to playing standards in New York and in 2019 Conners Days (his first trio record) which features his current trio of Nitai Hershkovits and Or Bareket. Both of these are on the Fresh Sound label. Both of these records have received the highest possible acclaim including glowing endorsements from his grandmother. In the summer of 2020 Ari was confirmed to record an album of his compositions with a full big band sponsored by University of Wyoming. The compositions have been arranged by Ben Markley. This project will pushed and done sometime in 2021. Besides the quintet, Ari leads 2 other groups which play his original music. Ari Hoenig Nonet and Trio. The Nonet performs Ari’s original compositions arranged by Noam Wiesenberg and features various high-caliber players in the New York area. The trio is with Gilad Hekselman and Orlando le Fleming and has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America. Ari also co-leads a variety of projects. Pilc, Moutin, Hoenig (the three headed monster) released Threedom in 2011 on the Motema label. He has had various projects with partner Gael Horellou including the jazz electronica project “Nasty Factorz” with a self titled record released in 2016 and Live with the quartet released in 2019. Ari has also co-led various duo’s with Chris Potter, Edmar Casteneda, JD Walter or Dan Weiss. As an educator, Ari teaches privately and is on faculty at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine. In collaboration with bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, Ari released “Intro to Polyrhythms Vol 1”, and “Metric Modulations, Expanding and Contracting Time within Form Vol 2. (Mel Bay 2009, 2012) In 2011, Ari released two more educational products dedicated specifically to drumming. “Systems Book 1, Drumming Technique and Melodic Jazz Independence” (Alfred Publishing), and DVD “Melodic Drumming” (2011) on www.jazzheaven.com. In 2014, Ari released the 3 part video entitled “Rhythm Training” geared for all musicians who want to improve their time and rhythmic vocabulary. It offers a clear step by step approach and is available through www.mymusicmasterclass.com Since 2014, Ari has released many other educational videos on mymusicmasterclass.com. He started an online members-only club at Patreon.com to talk about musical concepts and to share video lessons. “The Ari Hoenig Songbook” (a book with the lead sheets of all of Ari’s compositions (not just the easy ones) is available for download at www.arihoenig.bandcamp.com ) Ari currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and 2 kids. 

A Tribute to the music of Walt Disney

A Tribute to the music of Walt Disney

Thu, Apr 18

"Hugely successful." - Texas Public Radio If you haven't seen the Jazz, TX Disney Tribute, you're in for a treat! Join Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends as they pay tribute to some of the most memorable tunes from the past 100 years of Walt Disney films. Played in the style of a 1960s jazz quartet, they'll feature songs like "When you wish upon a star," "The Bare Necessities," and music from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, and much more. Don't miss it! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service and ready to serve you. See you at the show! 

The Music of Walt Disney - Volume II

The Music of Walt Disney - Volume II

Thu, Apr 18

Due to the insanely high success of our original Tribute to Walt Disney, Brandon Guerra and Adam Carrillo set out to create a SECOND show with all new music from your favorite Disney films. A completely different set list, Volume II features classic Disney tunes like "Be our guest," "Colors of the Wind," "Feed the Birds," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and many more. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service and ready to serve you. See you at the show! 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, Apr 19

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Sat, Apr 20

Join Doc Watkins and his Orchestra on select Saturday nights for an unforgettable night of dinner, drinks, and classic big band music. Doc and his 10-piece Orchestra will feature the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and much, much more. Come join the party! As always, our kitchen and bar will be open for dinner service, and the dance floor will be open. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: The Jeff Hamilton Trio!

Jazz, TX Presents: The Jeff Hamilton Trio!

Sun, Apr 21

One night only! Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff’s recording, It’s Hamilton Time (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. His trio’s second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, Hands On. Hamilton House-Live at Steamers (MONS) was the trio’s 2000 release. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff also teaches, arranges and composes. Jeff has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. David Badham of Jazz Journal International stated in his review of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra’s release, Heart and Soul (Capri): “This is one of the finest modern big band issues I’ve heard…This is undoubtedly due to Jeff Hamilton, a most driving and technically accomplished drummer.” Jeff is equally at home in smaller formats. He is an integral part of the Clayton Brothers and Herb Wong stated in his review of their release, The Music (Capri), in JazzTimes: “Always evident is…the colorful work of the rhythm section featuring…the sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton’s seasoned drums.” Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times described Jeff and his work with Oscar Peterson as “the Los Angeles-based drummer whose intelligent backing and spirited solo work met Peterson’s customarily high standards…” In his review of he Ray Brown Trio in the Denver Post, Jeff Bradley stated that Jeff “brought the crowd to its feet with his amazing hand-drumming, soft and understated yet as riveting and rewarding as any drum solo you’ve heard.” Born in Richmond, Indiana, Jeff grew up listening to his parent’s big band records and at the age of eight began playing drums along with Oscar Peterson records. He attended Indiana University and later studied with John Von Ohlen. Jeff was influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, “Philly” Joe Jones and Shelly Manne. In 1974, he got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton’s Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became members of the Monty Alexander Trio. He attained a childhood goal in 1977 when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, with whom he made several recordings. In 1978, he was offered the position vacated by Shelly Manne in the L.A.4 with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida. He recorded six records with the L.A.4, some of which featured his own arrangements and compositions. From 1983 to 1987, Jeff performed with Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Monty Alexander. Jeff began his association with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988 and left in March 1995 to concentrate on his own trio. From 1999-2001, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz series. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named Jeff and his musical partner, John Clayton, musicians of the year for 2006. A banquet in their honor was held at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown Hotel. Click here for pictures from the event. Jeff is currently touring with his own Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Diana Krall. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. Jeff is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life In The Key Of Oscar. As always, the Jazz, TX kitchen will be open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: Alyssa Allgood!

Jazz, TX Presents: Alyssa Allgood!

Tue, Apr 23

"…she sings with a depth beyond her years.…assured and daring.” - DownBeat Magazine Alyssa Allgood is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator who has been described as “assured and daring” by DownBeat Magazine and a “model of sophisticated song interpretation” by the Chicago Tribune. She brings a modern approach to the jazz tradition with her original compositions, captivating arrangements, and lyrical focus of self-love and human connection. Allgood is set to release her highly anticipated album of original music in Spring 2024, which features internationally acclaimed musicians John Patitucci, Kendrick Scott, Geoffrey Keezer and Greg Ward. Her previous albums, What Tomorrow Brings (Cellar Music 2021), Exactly Like You (Cellar Music 2018), and Out of the Blue (Self-released 2016), garnered Allgood praise for her lyrical expression, instrumental approach, and accomplished scat and vocalese singing. Wielding her instrument with extraordinary nuance and depth, Allgood has established herself as a leading voice in Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene and beyond. She has appeared at such distinguished venues as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Club in Shanghai, Birdland Jazz Club, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Estate and Noce Jazz Club. She won the Inaugural Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition (2017) and the David Baker Memorial Scholarship through the Jazz Education Network (2022). She was also named Best Jazz Entertainer in the Chicago Music Awards (2019), a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Fellow (2016), and a Semifinalist in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition (2015), where she performed for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau. Allgood is a passionate educator who empowers her students to learn with intention and curiosity while building community and inspiring mindfulness through the jazz artform. She works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the vocal jazz ensemble, teaches private lessons, and teaches a jazz arranging course. She is a highly sought-after clinician and has presented masterclasses at many esteemed institutions including the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Anchor Music’s Vocal Jazz Academy, Jazzvoice.com, the University of Chicago and Drake University. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Salsa Night! with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz

Salsa Night! with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz

Wed, Apr 24

A Jazz, TX tradition! The dance floor is always open for Salsa Night with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz. Since our Grand Opening in 2016, Jazz, TX has been proud to feature monthly Salsa nights with the best Salsa band in town!  Our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: Marcia Ball!

Jazz, TX Presents: Marcia Ball!

Thu, Apr 25

Don't miss audience favorite Marcia Ball as she returns to Jazz, TX! The 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, Ms. Ball has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse party every time she takes the stage. Born in Orange, Texas and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, her Acadian heritage and a lifetime of absorbing Gulf Coast rhythm and blues is evident in her original songs and the classics she chooses to cover. This has made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. As always, our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, Apr 26

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

New Orleans Night! with the Dirty River Jazz Band

New Orleans Night! with the Dirty River Jazz Band

Sat, Apr 27

Come celebrate the legendary music of New Orleans with Chris Alvarado and the Dirty River Jazz Band. Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and many others, New Orleans night has been a Jazz, TX tradition since 2016! Our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Soul'd Out, featuring Adam Carrillo and his Quartet

Soul'd Out, featuring Adam Carrillo and his Quartet

Tue, Apr 30

Jazz, TX is proud to present a new show from Adam Carrillo featuring jazz renditions of classic Soul and R&B tunes. Composed and arranged by the amazing Adam Carrillo on sax, and featuring an all-star lineup of world-class talent. Don't miss it! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: Jazz, TV!

Jazz, TX Presents: Jazz, TV!

Wed, May 01

Get ready for a new show created by Adam Carrillo, featuring Doc Watkins (piano), Brandon Guerra (drums), Mike Porter (bass), and Adam Carrillo (sax). Jazz, TV explores the iconic tunes of the past 75 years of television classics in the style of an instrumental jazz quartet. TV classics such as ...... well, we don't want to give it away. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

A Tribute to the music of Walt Disney

A Tribute to the music of Walt Disney

Thu, May 02

"Hugely successful." - Texas Public Radio If you haven't seen the Jazz, TX Disney Tribute, you're in for a treat! Join Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends as they pay tribute to some of the most memorable tunes from the past 100 years of Walt Disney films. Played in the style of a 1960s jazz quartet, they'll feature songs like "When you wish upon a star," "The Bare Necessities," and music from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, and much more. Don't miss it! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service and ready to serve you. See you at the show! 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, May 03

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra - The Dance Floor is OPEN!

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra - The Dance Floor is OPEN!

Sat, May 04

Join Doc Watkins and his Orchestra on select Saturday nights for an unforgettable night of classic big band music, dinner, drinks, and dancing. Doc and his 10-piece Big Band Orchestra will feature the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellingon, Count Basie, and much, much more. Come join the party! As always, our kitchen and bar will be open for dinner service, and the dance floor will be open. See you at the show! 

Soul'd Out, featuring Adam Carrillo and his Quartet

Soul'd Out, featuring Adam Carrillo and his Quartet

Tue, May 07

Jazz, TX is proud to present a new show from Adam Carrillo featuring jazz renditions of classic Soul and R&B tunes. Composed and arranged by the amazing Adam Carrillo on sax, and featuring an all-star lineup of world-class talent. Don't miss it! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Salsa Night! with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz

Salsa Night! with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz

Wed, May 08

A Jazz, TX tradition! The dance floor is always open for Salsa Night with Jose Amador and NATIAO Latin Jazz. Since our Grand Opening in 2016, Jazz, TX has been proud to feature monthly Salsa nights with the best Salsa band in town!  Our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez

Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez

Thu, May 09

One night only! Shows at 7:00 and 9:30. Kurt Elling: Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award sixteen times. He has had a 14-year run atop the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls, and has won twelve Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”. Kurt Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso improvisor and a compelling storyteller. The Guardian (UK) has named Kurt Elling, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” and, “one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.” Elling has recorded and toured with Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Stefon Harris, Fred Hersch, James Morrison, and Charlie Hunter. He has performed extensively with larger ensembles like The Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra (led by Sean Jones), The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The BBC Concert Symphony (led by Guy Barker) The Metropole Orchestra (Holland), The Irish Radio and Television Orchestra (led by Brian Byrne), The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and The WDR Orchestra and Big Band (Germany). The Wall Street Journal said, “Elling combines authenticity with stunning originality.” The Washington Post declared that, “since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling.” Elling’s dynamism is enhanced exponentially by the fact that he consistently generates new vocal material by writing and recording signature and definitive lyrics to the compositions of foundational jazz composers like John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul. Additionally, Kurt Elling has co-created multi-disciplinary performances for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater and The City of Chicago. Jazz At Lincoln Center saw the world premier of The Big Blind, an entirely new jazz musical-in-progress Elling is co-writing with collaborator Phil Galdston (“Save The Best For Last”). National Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky declared that, “In Kurt Elling’s art, the voice of jazz gives new spiritual presence to the ancient, sweet and powerful bond between poetry and music.” Elling has toured the world in a variety of contexts, including UNESCO-sponsored “International Jazz Day” performances in Havana, Cuba, in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Melbourne, Australia and in Washington DC. He has twice performed at the White House, including a performance in collaboration with the late Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra for President Obama’s first State Dinner. He has served as Artist-In-Residence at the Monterey and Singapore Jazz Festivals. As a music industry leader, Elling spent six years serving as a Trustee and two years as Vice Chairman of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Danilo Perez: As a solo artist and as a collaborator with jazz giants from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, for over three decades Grammy® Award Winning Panamanian Pianist-Composer Danilo Pérez has been lauded as one of the most creative forces in contemporary music. With Jazz as the anchoring foundation, Pérez’s Global Jazz music is a blend of Panamanian roots, Latin American folk music, West African rhythms, European impressionism – promoting music as a borderless and multidimensional bridge between all people. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, he soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra from 1989-1992, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. In 1993, Pérez turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects, releasing several albums as a leader, earning Grammy® and Latin Grammy® nominations for Central Avenue (1998), Motherland (2000), Across The Crystal Sea (2008), and Providencia (2010). In 1996, he was signed by producer Tommy Lipuma to join the Impulse label and recorded Panamonk, a tribute to Thelonious Monk which according to DownBeat magazine is one of the most important piano albums in the history of jazz. Pérez’s album Central Avenue, featured mejoranera music (a style of Panamanian folklore singing) and was chosen as one of the 10 best recordings across genres by TIME Magazine in 1998. A collaboration between Pérez and the prolific composer and arranger Claus Ogerman, 2008’s Across The Crystal Sea was praised by The Guardian as, “So ultra-smooth it achieves something like a state of grace.” Ogerman said, “This is a record I wanted to make before I leave the planet.” Pérez made his Mack Avenue Records debut in 2010 with the release of Providencia. The album was nominated for a 2011 Grammy® Award in the category of Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Pérez joined the Wayne Shorter Quartet in 2010 with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. This latest iteration from Shorter has been known as a unique and predominant force in improvisational music both at their historic live performances and on several recordings. In 2018 Blue Note records released the highly anticipated EMANON from the Wayne Shorter Quartet which won a Grammy® in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental album in 2019. For several years Pérez has also been touring with his trio – featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz – and with Children of the Light, a collaboration with fellow Wayne Shorter Quartet members John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Mack Avenue released the Children of the Light album in 2015 to great critical acclaim. Pérez’s current touring project, the Global Messengers, spreads the idea that music can serve as a natural remedy to unfortunate situations, providing an uplifting message, connection, and common ground. The ensemble features musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds, coming together to build community through music. As a composer, Pérez has been commissioned by The Lincoln Center, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Imani Winds Quintet, among others. His octet for members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela was commissioned by Carnegie Hall. In 2014, the Banff Centre commissioned Pérez to write a piano quintet for the Cecilia String Quartet titled "Camino de Cruces" and he also composed the music for the Museum of Biodiversity in Panama, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. In 2015, Pérez premiered another two new compositions: “Expeditions – Panamania 2015” was premiered at the Panamerican games in Toronto and his “Detroit World Suite – La Leyenda de Bayano” was premiered at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Pérez returns to the Detroit Jazz Festival in Fall 2019 for the world premiere of a new piece written for his Global Messengers ensemble and co-commissioned by the Detroit Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, National Forum of Music Wroclaw, and Koerner Hall at Royal Academy of Music Toronto. Pérez, who served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2021, the United States Fellowship 2018, and the 2009 Smithsonian Legacy Award. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music. 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, May 10

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Doc Watkins and his Orchestra

Sat, May 11

Join Doc Watkins and his Orchestra on select Saturday nights for an unforgettable night of dinner, drinks, and classic big band music. Doc and his 10-piece Orchestra will feature the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and much, much more. Come join the party! As always, our kitchen and bar will be open for dinner service, and the dance floor will be open. See you at the show! 

David Mesquitic — "The Trio: Volume I" [Album Release Show]

David Mesquitic — "The Trio: Volume I" [Album Release Show]

Tue, May 14

David Mesquitic is a pianist, composer, and educator committed to the intergenerational transfer of the knowledge, history, and traditions of jazz. Mesquitic currently teaches at the University of Wyoming as Lecturer in Jazz Piano where he also maintains a schedule performing with his trio, adjudicating, and commissioning music throughout the globe. Mesquitic has had the privilege to study with luminaries Andy LaVerne, Gerald Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, Steven Feifke, and Benny Green. Mesquitic has also had the privilege of sharing the stage and/or recording with Postmodern Jukebox, Jeff Hamilton, Aubrey Logan, Steven Feifke, Benny Benack III, Carmen Bradford, Tony, Glausi, Clark Sommers, Andre Hayward, James Morrison, Chad L.B., Alex Frank, Joe Peri, Micheal Sailors, and Christian Wiggs. 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, May 17

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jose Amador and NATIAO Presents: A Tribute to Buena Vista Social Club!

Jose Amador and NATIAO Presents: A Tribute to Buena Vista Social Club!

Sat, May 18

For the first time ever, Jazz, TX pays tribute to the music and spirit of 1940s Havana, as captured by filmmaker Wim Wenders in the award winning 1999 documentary "Buena Vista Social Club." The dance floor will be open, and it's sure to be a Saturday night party! As always, the kitchen and bar will be rockin.' See you there! 

The Steve Soares Trio

The Steve Soares Trio

Tue, May 21

“Steve Soares is a consummate pro, and one of the swinginest piano players around. I've had the pleasure of hearing Steve and his trio on numerous occasions, and they never fail to impress. His rendition of Honeysuckle Rose is one of my favorites.” - Doc Watkins Join Steve Soares and his trio for an evening of classic jazz standards and original arrangements! Our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: The Brad Leali Tentet!

Jazz, TX Presents: The Brad Leali Tentet!

Wed, May 22

“Saxophonist Brad Leali was among the most soulful and exciting I’ve heard recently.” – New York Times “His solos are sparkling and Cannonball Adderley influenced.”
- Evening Standard (London, England) With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. Leali toured and recorded with numerous jazz greats, including several years with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and with the Count Basie Orchestra. Leali was a standing member of the Kennedy Center Honors Band and performed for President Obama’s inaugural celebration. Brad has had a long-time endorsement with Keilwerth Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds. Currently the professor of jazz saxophone at UNT, Brad continues to perform domestically and abroad, including touring with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: The Larry Fuller Trio!

Jazz, TX Presents: The Larry Fuller Trio!

Thu, May 23

“In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays; you hold your breath in wonder.” ~ The New York Times Based out of New York City, Larry Fuller is an internationally acclaimed American jazz pianist, band leader, composer, and clinician known by critics and fans to "swing like a beast!”. He is a Yamaha-endorsed artist. A Toledo, Ohio native, Fuller began his musical studies at age 11, immediately showing an extraordinary aptitude for jazz. By age 13, Floyd “Candy” Johnson, a veteran of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, took Fuller under his wing, hiring him for regular paying gigs. In his early years, Fuller became a mainstay on the Midwest jazz circuit, performing frequently in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. At 23 years old, Fuller’s undeniable talent earned him the position of musical director and pianist for Grammy-nominated vocal giant Ernestine Anderson. He later went on to perform with renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton’s Trio and legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio. Of Fuller, Ray Brown said: “He brings vitality – he swings hard and I like that!”. Fuller also toured and recorded with guitar-vocal great John Pizzarelli. Harnessing his unique pedigree of bandstand experience, Fuller now leads The Larry Fuller Trio. He presents a musical program rarely experienced live today, consistently praised for his emotive, swinging style, monster technique, and program versatility. From bop, to stride, to swing, to blues – Larry Fuller’s live performances are not to be missed! Fuller has recorded on Pony Boy and Capri Records. On Capri, he released critically acclaimed album “Larry Fuller” in 2013 and “Overjoyed” in 2019. Both albums were Top-10 on the National Jazz Radio charts for nearly 6 months each. The albums received global accolades, including being named one of Jazziz Magazine’s albums of 2019. Larry Fuller has performed throughout the world at prestigious venues including: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Theater Phoenix, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, Blue Note (Milan, Tokyo & NYC), Birdland NYC, Bern International Jazz Festival, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Shanghai Center Theater, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, A-Train Berlin, Tbilisi Event Hall, Auditorio Ibirapuera with Arte Viva Symphony Orchestra Brazil, and many more! Larry Fuller is a Yamaha-endorsed Artist. He owns a Yamaha C2 and an MX 80 PE upright as his personal instruments. Throughout his 35-year career dedicated to playing pianos, Fuller has preferred playing Yamaha pianos because of the consistency of quality that Yamaha achieves throughout its entire line of instruments. He also appreciates the strength and durability of Yamaha pianos and the sound, dynamic range, and touch which allow him to express his music to the fullest. 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, and friends

Fri, May 24

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Jazz, TX on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Brandon Guerra, Adam Carrillo, Mike Porter, Ed Sherry and friends. Featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Come to the Mardi Gras," "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more, New Orleans night is a Jazz, TX tradition! As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

The Music of Walt Disney - Volume II

The Music of Walt Disney - Volume II

Sat, May 25

Due to the insanely high success of our original Tribute to Walt Disney, Brandon Guerra and Adam Carrillo set out to create a SECOND show with all new music from your favorite Disney films. A completely different set list, Volume II features classic Disney tunes like "Be our guest," "Colors of the Wind," "Feed the Birds," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and many more. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service and ready to serve you. See you at the show! 

90s Rock Night with the Aaron Prado Quartet

90s Rock Night with the Aaron Prado Quartet

Tue, May 28

Join Aaron Prado and his quartet for an exploration of 1990s grunge and alternative rock. Yes, you read that correctly! Inspired by the music of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots, Prado will find the bridge between jazz and rock in this special presentation - joined by bassist Andrew Bergmann, drummer Brandon Guerra, and saxophonist Jason Galbraith. Don't miss it! The Jazz, TX kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Latin Jazz Night with Jose Amador and Terra Nova

Latin Jazz Night with Jose Amador and Terra Nova

Wed, May 29

Don't miss Latin Jazz night at Jazz, TX with Jose Amador and Terra Nova! The band will feature latin arrangements of tunes by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and original compositions. Our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

A Tribute to The Music of Dave Brubeck

A Tribute to The Music of Dave Brubeck

Thu, May 30

Jazz, TX is excited to announce a brand new show! Presented by the Jazz Protagonists with special guest, Rich Oppenheim: A tribute to the music of Dave Brubeck will feature the classic tunes from the library of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck and saxophonist Paul Desmond. Featuring Barry Brake (piano), Rich Oppenheim (saxophone), Darren Kuper (drums), and Greg Norris (bass). As always, our kitchen and bar are fully open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: Benny Benack III

Jazz, TX Presents: Benny Benack III

Wed, Jul 17

Back by popular demand, Jazz, TX is thrilled to welcome Emmy-nominated trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III back to the stage! By age 32, Emmy-nominated trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be that rarest of talents: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. This duel-threat ability was recognized by the 2022 Downbeat Critics Poll where he appeared as not only the #2 Rising Star Male Vocalist, but a top Rising Star Trumpeter as well. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). On top of it all, he’s a highly capable pianist as well. Benny has performed internationally as an Emcee/Host for the Youtube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, and achieved his own viral success amassing millions of views for his crooning alongside the Grammy-award winning “8-Bit Big Band”. In early 2020 he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut One of a Kind. This sophomore effort, richly varied in mood and brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire and Jazz ambassador Christian McBride (whose Grammy-award winning Big Band frequently calls upon Benny in the trumpet section) and drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., as well as the radiant Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes. His vocalese duet on “Social Call” from this album alongside fellow young star vocalist Veronica Swift became an instant smash hit single, being transcribed and learned by Jazz vocalists around the world. Alongside his global touring as a straight-ahead/contemporary bandleader, Benny has appeared as a trumpet soloist in more commercial circles alongside Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, Ann Hampton Callaway and more. He’s been featured at Birdland, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Mezzrow, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and other leading New York venues, and has also been a special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his television debut in NBC’s short-lived, SNL-inspired variety show “Maya & Marty” playing in the in-studio band led by acclaimed bassist & Broadway arranger Charlie Rosen. More recent TV credits include “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where he frequently performs in the House Band. His global recognition has been bolstered by recent live-streaming concerts at Smalls Jazz Club, where he maintains a weekly residency, as well as frequent appearances on fellow young lion Emmet Cohen’s “Emmet’s Place” weekly show. Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benny follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr. (1921-86), and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience. Benny, Sr. hailed from a Pittsburgh lineage that also produced Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and so many more. He recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others. Benny III returns to Pittsburgh often to perform, saluting his family forebears and the jazz heritage as a whole, nonetheless staking his bold and highly individual artistic claim. He is an endorsing artist with Torpedo Bags cases, CarolBrass flugelhorns, as well as various menswear fashion lines including X-Suit, Alain Dupetit, Proper Cloth & Vittone. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show! 

Jazz, TX Presents: Benny Benack III

Jazz, TX Presents: Benny Benack III

Thu, Jul 18

Back by popular demand, Jazz, TX is thrilled to welcome Emmy-nominated trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III back to the stage! By age 32, Emmy-nominated trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be that rarest of talents: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. This duel-threat ability was recognized by the 2022 Downbeat Critics Poll where he appeared as not only the #2 Rising Star Male Vocalist, but a top Rising Star Trumpeter as well. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). On top of it all, he’s a highly capable pianist as well. Benny has performed internationally as an Emcee/Host for the Youtube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, and achieved his own viral success amassing millions of views for his crooning alongside the Grammy-award winning “8-Bit Big Band”. In early 2020 he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut One of a Kind. This sophomore effort, richly varied in mood and brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire and Jazz ambassador Christian McBride (whose Grammy-award winning Big Band frequently calls upon Benny in the trumpet section) and drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., as well as the radiant Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes. His vocalese duet on “Social Call” from this album alongside fellow young star vocalist Veronica Swift became an instant smash hit single, being transcribed and learned by Jazz vocalists around the world. Alongside his global touring as a straight-ahead/contemporary bandleader, Benny has appeared as a trumpet soloist in more commercial circles alongside Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, Ann Hampton Callaway and more. He’s been featured at Birdland, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Mezzrow, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and other leading New York venues, and has also been a special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his television debut in NBC’s short-lived, SNL-inspired variety show “Maya & Marty” playing in the in-studio band led by acclaimed bassist & Broadway arranger Charlie Rosen. More recent TV credits include “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where he frequently performs in the House Band. His global recognition has been bolstered by recent live-streaming concerts at Smalls Jazz Club, where he maintains a weekly residency, as well as frequent appearances on fellow young lion Emmet Cohen’s “Emmet’s Place” weekly show. Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benny follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr. (1921-86), and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience. Benny, Sr. hailed from a Pittsburgh lineage that also produced Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and so many more. He recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others. Benny III returns to Pittsburgh often to perform, saluting his family forebears and the jazz heritage as a whole, nonetheless staking his bold and highly individual artistic claim. He is an endorsing artist with Torpedo Bags cases, CarolBrass flugelhorns, as well as various menswear fashion lines including X-Suit, Alain Dupetit, Proper Cloth & Vittone. As always, our kitchen and bar are open for dinner service. See you at the show!