DMA Announces Lineup for 2008's Chase Presents Jazz Under the Stars

Dallas, TX—April 4, 2008— The Dallas Museum of Art announces a hot new lineup for the 25th annual series of free outdoor concerts – Chase Presents Jazz Under the Stars. The 2008 series hosts a diverse schedule of performances from Dixieland and swing to mainstream jazz.

The free concerts begin Thursday, May 22, continuing on consecutive Thursdays through June 26 on the Museum’s Ross Avenue Plaza. The music gets underway at 8 p.m., and the schedule for this year is:

May 22: David “Fathead” Newman Legendary Texas tenor David “Fathead” Newman kicks off a star-studded 2008 season of Jazz Under the Stars. A longtime soloist for the original Ray Charles Band, Newman has also performed with such legendary artists as Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, and Aaron Neville.

  • May 29: Trella Hart Sings Cole Porter
    Trella Hart, one of Dallas’s finest song stylists, sings the music of Cole Porter inspired by the upcoming exhibition Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy.
  • June 5: The Texas Gypsies
    The Dallas-based Texas Gypsies combine the Parisian cafe sound of “Le Jazz Hot” with the energy and attitude of Texas swing.
  • June 12: The Jon Topy Dixieland Ensemble
    Legendary Louisville trombone player Jon Topy presents Chicago-style jazz of the 1920s and 30s.
  • June 19: Daybreak Express: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
    Dave Zoller and Shelley Carrol co-lead this six-piece ensemble featuring the music of legends Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
  • June 26: Vicho Vicencio and the New Casino Band featuring Nancy Fisher
    Chilean-born saxophonist Vicho Vicencio leads an all-star lineup presenting Brazilian and Afro-Cuban jazz.

The extremely popular concerts attract as many as 7,000 listeners to the Dallas Arts District each Thursday night, and this is the twelfth year Chase has sponsored the jazz series.

“Chase is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2008 Jazz Under the Stars series at the Dallas Museum of Art on the momentous 25th anniversary of this outstanding program,” says Elaine Agather, Chairman of Chase Dallas. “Chase celebrates our twelfth year as sponsor of Jazz Under the Stars, a program that truly underscores our commitment to the arts, to our city and to our employees who live and work in our community.”

In addition to the annual six-week outdoor jazz series, the Dallas Museum of Art presents even more live sounds with Jazz in the Atrium, featuring some of Dallas’s most talented musicians, every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hamon Atrium. Jazz in the Atrium concerts continue throughout the year as part of the DMA’s Thursday Night Live activities, which also include Sketching in the Galleries and Comic Book Club. The Museum remains open until 9 p.m. every Thursday and general admission is free after 5 p.m. Thursday Night Live at the Dallas Museum of Art is presented by AT&T.

Jazz concerts are one of hundreds of programs and experiences offered by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Museum remains open until midnight every third Friday with Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art, featuring a full spectrum of programs including musical performances, gallery tours, family programs, films and other dynamic events.

About Encore! (formerly Jazz Club)
Love music? Want to spend time with other music lovers? Then you’ll want to be part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Encore!, a special benefit for Museum members current at the $125 Sustainer level or higher.

Throughout the year, Encore! members receive exclusive invitations to special events and discounts on music-related programs, both at the Museum and in the community. 

For more information about Encore! or to join the Dallas Museum of Art, call 214-922-1247 or visit

About the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media, with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is located between St. Paul and Harwood streets, just south of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The DMA charges a general admission fee of $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students with current school identification. Members and children under 12 are free. Admission is free for all on Thursdays after 5 p.m. and the first Tuesday of the month. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Museum is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information during business hours, call 214-922-1200. For a calendar of programs, news of family activities or to view images of works from the Museum’s permanent collection, visit