VMFA | Jazz Cafe

Cost: Free

Open to: All Ages

Dominion Energy Jazz Café

Thursday Nights

2021 SCHEDULE

View all of the performances on YouTube
Artists subject to change
Free; no registration required

APRIL 1 | 7 pm on YouTube
JAMES SAXSMO GATES QUARTET

Get ready for a fantastic voyage with James Saxsmo Gates, the keeper of the flame! Gates melds the jazz tradition with his own fiery statement for a fresh take on America’s musical treasure—Jazz. The quartet also features Dr. Weldon Hill on piano, Michael Hawkins on bass, and Billy Williams on drums. Fasten your seatbelts!

APRIL 8 | 7 pm on YouTube
MARY HERMANN GARCIA QUARTET

Enjoy an evening with vocalist Mary Hermann Garcia as she sings favorites from the Great American and Brazilian song books. Antonio Garcia on trombone and percussion, John Conley on guitar, and Brian Sulser on bass round out the quartet

APRIL 15 | 7 pm on YouTube
FABIAN LANCE BAND

Pianist/producer Fabian Lance has become a mainstay in the region’s music industry. He has studied with Will Downing; produced releases for area artists; was a studio musician for several syndicated TV shows; and toured Europe with Broadway productions. Performing contemporary jazz and popular tunes, Lance on piano will be joined by Alvin Spratley on bass, Carl Lester El Jr. on guitar, and Philip Foster on drums.

APRIL 22 | 7 pm on YouTube
THE JOHN WINNTET

As a saxophonist and clarinetist, John Winn has appeared onstage with an impressive list of luminaries, including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Arturo Sandoval, Lou Rawls, Chita Rivera, Christian McBride, and Branford Marsalis. He is renowned throughout central Virginia as a saxophonist and vocalist. The band includes Daniel Clarke on piano, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Brian Caputo on drums.

APRIL 29 | 7 pm on YouTube
MATTHEW STEELE & THE REVOLUTION

Bassist Matthew Steele cites Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Charles Mingus as major influences on his music. He credits the late Debo Dabney for his introduction to the Richmond music scene and for honing his skills in jazz, R&B, and gospel. Matthew Steele and The Revolution play soulful jazz with Dr. Weldon Hill on piano, Lester Kenney on drums, and vocalist Victor Nelson.