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Third Thursday Jazz Series

Take a musical journey from the early 20th-century roots of jazz to the diverse sounds of today at the Fort Worth Library’s 3rd Thursday Jazz Series, featuring a dynamic lineup of local and internationally touring artists.

Celebrating our 5th Season!

Curious about this year's performers? You can preview some of their past performances on our YouTube playlist.


May 15: Nicholas Payton Trio

May 15: Nicholas Payton Trio

Featured Performance

New Orleans-born Grammy-winning trumpeter is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time.  Featuring bassist Braylon Lacy and drummer Adonis Rose.

June 19: Pamela York Quartet

June 19: Pamela York Quartet

Lay Down this World: Hymns, Spirituals and Blues

Houston-based pianist explores the jazz possibilities of timeless, traditional spiritual music.  Featuring saxophonist Shelley Carrol.

July 17: Freddie Jones Quintet

July 17: Freddie Jones Quintet

Jazz, Funk and Smooth – Rolled Into One

Composer, producer and trumpeter performs pieces inspired by the likes of Miles, Freddie Hubbard and Stevie Wonder. Let’s get groovin’!

Aug. 21: Clyde George Quintet

Aug. 21: Clyde George Quintet

The Soulful, Blues-infused Jazz of Organist Jimmy Smith

Vocalist Victor Cager and saxophonist Mack Goldsbury join George as he cranks up the Hammond B-3 organ for a blend of 60s soul, blues and jazz.

Sep. 18: Shelley Carrol Quartet

Sep. 18: Shelley Carrol Quartet

Transcendence: Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

Tenor saxophonist, Shelley Carrol, performs the music of John Coltrane, including his masterwork, “A Love Supreme.”

2014 Season

The series kicks off in May and continues through September. All shows will be held monthly at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery of the Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street. Parking is free on the streets and in the 3rd Street garage after 6 p.m.


We would like to thank the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation for its generous support of this series.

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Love Jazz? Check out the Fort Worth Jazz Archives.

Interested in previous performances?  Check out our highlights videos!

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