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Bop & Strum - Nov. 3
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The Dr. Block Jazz Collective opens with a tribute to iconic trombonist J.J. Johnson, followed by lively Django Reinhardt-inspired sounds by Jazz Manouche.
 
The talented Dr. Block Jazz Collective opens with a nod to great jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson. Trombonist and bandleader Dr. Tyrone Block is joined by guitarist Kevin Arellano, bassist Carlos Carrasco, pianist Denise Monterrosso, and drummer Nicolas Brewer.
 
With Django Reinhardt's repertoire of gypsy jazz as a departure point for its creative expression, Jazz Manouche features Kim Platko on guitar, Ginny Mac on accordion, Chris McGuire on clarinet and sax, Drew Phelps on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.
 
Sammons Jazz is held at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines at Oak Lawn. Tickets are $50 per person; Sammons members receive a $5 per ticket discount. Admission includes beverages, light refreshments, and valet parking. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the concert begins approximately at 7:30 p.m. There are two performance sets of about 40 minutes each with an intermission between. Dress is casual.