VMFA | Jazz Cafe

Cost: Free

Open to: All Ages

Dominion Energy Jazz Cafe

Thursdays, 6–9 pm

Best Café

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6–9 pm, Dominion Energy Jazz Café at VMFA’s Best Café. Open and Free to the public. Sponsored by Dominion Energy and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society. Light fare and (adult/alcoholic) beverages available for sale. Artists subject to change.

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Artists subject to change

 

APR 26
THE LAWRENCE OLDS BAND

Lawrence Olds is known for his smooth vocals as he carries his audiences on a musical journey.  This seasoned band features Lawrence Olds on vocals, Chris Whiteman  on guitar, Charlie Kilpatrick on keyboard, Carter Blough on bass and Todd Woodson on drums.

MAY 3
BLUE PROTOTYPE
Featuring one of Richmond’s favorite guitarists, Connor Thompson, Blue Prototype is a group that seeks to combine traditional jazz elements with modern heavy metal energy. The band also features Larri Branch on piano, Brian Cruse on bass and Joe Lubman on drums.

MAY 10
Jazz Around the Museum, Marble Hall

Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Starz Justice League
Representing the D.C. area, these national recording musicians have a mission “to share the love of Smooth Jazz and keep instrumental music ALIVE!” Featuring Christian de Mesones on bass, Elliot Levine on keyboards, Eddie Baccus Jr. on sax, Tim Steele on drums, and Mike Gable on guitar.

MAY 17
SHARON RAE NORTH
Enjoy the sounds of recording artist Sharon Rae North who sings straight-ahead, contemporary, and smooth Jazz as well as standards. Her Latest CD “Sincerely Yours” is moving up on the charts.

MAY 24
JAY BROWN’S GRACE STREET SEVEN
Jay Brown’s Grace Street Seven is a vintage style Jazz Septet that performs songs in the tradition of early 20thcentury dance bands from the 1920s and 30s. These classy gents specialize in playing Victrola record transcriptions of classics.  The band features trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, tenor banjo, piano, upright bass and percussion/drums.

MAY 31 
M-LAW & THE PROPHETS OF JAZZ
M-Law & the Prophets of Jazz perform an eclectic combination of jazz-influenced music such as R&B, funk, neo-soul, and hip-hop. Straight out of Northern Virginia, Mary Lawrence (M-Law) leads this innovative group with her trumpet and flugelhorn.  She is accompanied by Scott Chambers on bass, Larri Branch on keyboards, and Ronnie Thomas on drums.