The group performed at Akard Station in downtown Dallas before eventually setting up at the African American History Museum to herald a press conference Monday morning announcing the slate for the fifth annual Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month, a localized celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month nation-wide.
D'JAM will celebrate the true American art through various forms, including film, photography and festivals.
The festivities kick off Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. with an open house and a free concert at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas.
The kickoff will include live music by groups including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Jazz Institute Combo; free posters that include the "Great Day in Dallas" poster; and the D'JAM Jazz Legends Awards for artist, educator, supporter and innovator.
Here are four other events you will not want to miss:
- The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, April 28-30, featuring Aaron Neville and free admission
- Photography exhibit Jazz Giants, which runs through Aug. 31 at the African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park
- A screening of Bill Evans, Time Remembered on April 29 at the Angelika Dallas
- "Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Birthday Concert" on Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. at South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave
You can find a full, updating list of events at jazzdallas.com.