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If Exposition Park is the jazz capital of Dallas, saxophonist Shelley Carroll is king. One such venue at which he performs regularly is Sandaga 813, located on Exposition Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Minc. Not much about the atmosphere has changed. The lounge area along the exposed brick wall is covered by a hut-style canopy. And the chairs and cocktail tables in the middle of the room can be easily removed when DJs spin on the weekends. But really, weeknights are where it's at. The grown-folks crowd, low lighting and really impressive jazz make for a one-of-a-kind experience in Dallas.
Jazz fans in Dallas are grown folks. They have a certain refined taste in art and music that can't be found in many local music clubs. Also, they go to bed at a reasonable time on weeknights. Sandaga 813 understands this, which is why the eclectic space in Exposition Park has the feel of a low-lit urban art gallery. And when you get there at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday, you can expect Shelley Carrol and his impressive band have already had their first downbeat. Careful, though. The music and the... More »
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