If you happened to be on the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train this morning, then you were in for an aural treat.

The Joe James Trio treated travelers to Duke Ellington's signature song, "Take The A Train," and continued to play as they transferred to the DART Green Line to ride into Dallas. 

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:

You can find a full, updating list of events at jazzdallas.com.

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