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.

SCHEDULE

Artists subject to change

MAR 1
ANDREW ALLI and THE MAINLINE

This Richmond-based Blues Band was founded by drummer Chaz Hibbler in May 2011. The band’s unique sound is reminiscent of traditional Mississippi and Chicago style blues and strikes a chord in everyone! The band is composed of front man Andrew Alli (blues harp), Chaz Hibbler (drums), Ken Kellner (bass) and Mark Szafranski (keyboard).

MAR 8
MIKE HAWKINS

One of Virginia’s premier bassists, Mike Hawkins has traveled the US and abroad accompanying nationally renowned artists. Enjoy contemporary Jazz and popular hits with Hawkins (bass), Calvin Brown (piano), Billy Williams (drums) and James “Saxsmo” Gates (sax).

MAR 15
JARON LAMAR DAVIS QUARTET

California native Jaron Davis is one of the more versatile up-and-coming multi-instrumentalists in the industry.  Davis brings a throwback “serve the music” mentality to his performances. Whether straight-ahead, funk, neo-soul, country, musicals, or studio sessions, Jaron offers a unique blend of ideas and authenticity reminiscent of the players of yesteryear.

MAR 22
RANDY JOHNSTON

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Randy Johnston plays Soul-Jazz at its finest. He combines a swinging Jazz style with down-home Blues and funky backbeats to create a sound that will have you tapping your feet and smiling.  Accompanying Johnston will be Jonah Kane-West (organ) and Kelli Strawbridge (drums).

MAR 29
ELANA LISA & THE HOT MESS

Jazz standards and Neo-Swing featuring lead vocalist Elana Lisa with Eric Oritt (electric guitar and vocals), John Dacey (bass and vocals), Ken Bowie (drums and vocals) and Allen Burris (tenor and soprano sax, flute). A swing band with a twist!