Hi! My name is Ben and I just found this group. Since there were no discussions yet, I thought I would start with one we can all benefit from. Being an active member of The Jazz Network Worldwide is a great start, but the best way to support jazz, or music, or art in general... is to go see it! So I pose the question:
Where is your Dallas Music Hang?
In my opinion, the best recurring jazz event in town is hosted by Shelley Carrol at The Amsterdam Bar every Monday. No cover. I am never disappointed. Aside from getting to watch a master of the tenor saxophone play some amazing things, Shelley's band is ALWAYS killin'. He also lets other local jazz musicians sit in, which reminds me constantly about how much talent there is running around Dallas, TX. The last time I was at The Amsterdam Bar, my old professor, Jim Riggs, was sitting in with Shelley on bari sax, a sight I had never seen.
Shelley Carrol - tenor sax; David Zoller - piano; Andrew Griffith - drumset; Jonathan Fisher - upright bass
831 Exposition Avenue - Dallas, Texas 75226 - (214) 827-3433
As a music lover, I am also inclined to step out of the realm of jazz and check out some other genres. One of my favorite hangs is hosted by The Funky Knuckles at The Pussycat Lounge every Monday. It is a jam session where a lot of really great musicians come out and hang. The Funky Knuckles original music has roots in jazz and ventures into fusion and funk which will leave you wondering how the hell they do it?!
Claeb McCampbell on keyboards Cedric moore on drums and cymbals and Wes Stephenson on bass Mark Lettieri on guitar
2010 Greenville Ave Dallas Tx 75206 www.pussycatloungedallas.com free parking/no cover.
Another one of my favorite hangs is hosted by RC & The Gritz at The Prophet Bar every Wednesday. It's another jam session right in the heart of Dallas. Many of the members in The Gritz have played with one of my favorite vocalists, Erykah Badu! I saw a Stevie Wonder VS Prince night there that was ridiculous.
RC "Rceeezy" Williams-Keys, Cleon Edwards -Drums, Braylon "Brother B" Lacy-Bass, Claudia Melton-Vocals, JA- Born-mpc, Leo Saenz-guitar
2548 Elm St. Dallas 75226 cover $5 to $20
As a working musician, I don't always get to hang at these places because my working schedule varies so much. So, where do you all like to check out music in the area? I'm always excited to find new places to see great shows!