Jazz in the Atrium

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium


Enjoy live jazz every Thursday and join us for a casual dinner and cocktails in the DMA Cafe.

FREE admission to performance; food and cocktails available for purchase.





3 Victor Cager
Affectionately referred to in most Jazz circles as “The Maestro” and considered by many to be one of the preeminent interpreters of “The Great American Songbook,” vocalist Victor Cager evokes the spirit of a bygone era in music where elegance, romance and sophistication were as prevalent as a “Moonlight in Vermont.” His sound reflects a richness born of the joy and pain of life.

10 Roger Boykin Group
Roger Boykin is a nationally recognized multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, soloist, and educator. A legend in the Dallas jazz scene, he has performed, toured, and recorded with many world-class musicians, such as Leon Spencer, David “Fathead” Newman, and Isaac Hayes.

17 Tom Braxton
Dynamic, energetic, charismatic, and warm-hearted are just a few words that have been used to describe saxophonist Tom Braxton, whose distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. He’s been described by Jazz Review as “one of smooth jazz's most prolific saxophonists ... with all the required tools to become a major force.” His most recent album, The Next Chapter (2014), features Grammy winners Bob James, Earl Klugh, and Ricky Lawson, as well as one of Smooth Jazz's most beloved guitarists, Peter White.   

24 Jennifer Martin
Making her Jazz in the Atrium debut is the talented vocalist, Jennifer Martin, who performs regularly around the Dallas/Fort Worth area with some of the best musicians in town. While Jennifer’s focus is jazz, her vast experience with various musical genres over the years has given her a style all her own. Her last album, Someone You Loved, showcases her talent to effortlessly traverse between playful and upbeat standards to emotional ballads.

31 Ron Jones
Saxophonist and composer Ron Jones leads an ensemble of players performing his original compositions and other arrangements of jazz standards. He's recorded two original jazz CDs, written music for CNN, recorded with Al Green and Teo Macero, jammed onstage with Smokey Robinson, and opened for Crosby Stills & Nash. On his latest album, Initiative, he merges jazz, blues and classic rock influences into an upbeat, enjoyable listening experience. 


For the month of August, the DMA invites you to explore the life and work of Art Smith, whose work is currently featured in our exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith. Smith’s passion for jazz is evident throughout his work—he even designed the Ellington Necklace in honor of his favorite musician. Throughout the month, Jazz in the Atrium will feature the jazz that inspired Smith, performed by some of the area’s greatest musicians. 

7 Dave Zoller & Daybreak Express
Dave Zoller, composer, arranger, and pianist, performs the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with leading musicians from the Dallas jazz scene. Zoller has backed such top acts as Kay Starr, Gloria Loring, George Kirby, and the Smothers Brothers. Art Smith was an avid fan of both Ellington and Strayhorn.

Following the August 7 Jazz in the Atrium performance, join Kevin W. Tucker, The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, for a tour of From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith.

14 Fredrick Sanders
Dallas-native Fredrick Sanders is a gifted pianist and the quintessence of what a present-day jazz pianist should be. For over two decades, he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer, and educator. As a nod to Art Smith’s famed New Orleans Necklace, Sanders performs New Orleans jazz, drawing from his experience studying with world-renowned Alvin Batiste at Southern University and teaching at Tulane University. He has also performed with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, and Roy Hargrove.

21 Mahogany the Artist
Sophisticated, beautiful, and cool. Candace “Mahogany” Miller continues to entice music lovers everywhere with her warm sound, smooth musical execution, and classy approach to her art. She has been a vocalist all of her life, playing both piano and drums, while keeping a steady hand in writing and production. Along with her band, JamBox, Miller will highlight some of the female vocalists who inspired Art Smith, including Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone.

28 Shelley Carrol
Saxophone legend Shelley Carrol highlights the music of Duke Ellington, one of Art Smith’s biggest inspirations. Carrol hails from a family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston and graduated from the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While attending the University of North Texas, he was a member of the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band and was later invited to tour the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has also performed with Sheryl Crow, Maureen McGovern, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and a host of others. 

Artist Art Smith was a jazz enthusiast and a jewelry maker.  DMA Friends who visit the exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith and attend Jazz in the Atrium throughout the month of August will earn the limited-edition Jazz in Vogue Badge.