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Jazz Clubs: Lovers of smooth jazz 'n blues can't do much better than at this Exposition Park live music venue, which has a reputation for bringing in top-shelf talent from around the globe. Even musical heavy weights like Wynton Marsailis and Erykah Badu have played gigs here in the past. And Sandaga's regular roster of performers reads like a list of who's who on the local music scene as well, where regulars include Grammy Award nominated artists– Shelly Carroll and Brad Leali. If jazz isn't your thing, no worries– the club also brings in DJs that spin everything from hip-hop and house to R&B and reggae. Plus, in addition to putting on one of the best jazz jams in the city every Tuesday night, Sandaga offers up a variety of live soul and R&B on Saturday nights and hosts the eclectic hip hop band, RC and The Gritz (also known as Erykah Badu's band)– every Sunday. Not to mention, they have barbecue, hookahs and private cabanas too.

 

NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – Picking a favorite spot to watch live musicin North Texas is kind of like picking your favorite album.

There’s no wrong answer, just a lot of right ones.

Chris Penn, owner of Good Records and a connoisseur of the live music, said because of the comparisons with Austin (arguably the live music capitol of country), the music scene in DFW is often overlooked and underrated.

“We got a good melting pot of stuff going on here in Dallas. You got rock, country and really strong hip-hop scene,” said Penn.

For our list, we wanted to stick with smaller venues and the best spots to watch the up and coming artists. So to narrow it down, we only choose places with a capacity of less than a 1,000. That eliminated everything from the American Airlines Center, The Bomb Factory, Gas Monkey Live!; along with legendary places like Bass Performance Hall, Billy Bob’s and the Granada Theater.

Here’s what did make the list.

3. Sandage 813 (Dallas)
The best jazz night clubs in North Texas can found in the Exposition Park neighborhood just north of Fair Park. Inside Sandage 813, Grammy Award nominated artists are regulars with the best jazz shows every Tuesday and Thursday nights. The club also hosts R&B and hip-hop artists on weekends.

 
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NEW YORK OBSERVER SAYS

The next time you’re screaming at a Beyoncé show, or catching The Grammys on TV, or watching the Super Bowl, keep in mind that these pinnacles of popular entertainment all have one thing in common—Dallas.

To the outside world, the image of the Dallas-Fort Worth area (“DFW” to its residents) is a mix of cowboy hats, big hair, wild cat sports team owners and J.R. Ewing. When it comes to music, you may think metal (Drowning Pool, Pantera) or country (Dixie Chicks and, um, well, Dixie Chicks). But Dallas isn’t Austin, and it isn’t Houston, or anything resembling those other stereotypes. And as it turns out, it’s more influential than both.

Though it may fly under the radar, Dallas hosts a shocking array of musical talent. In addition to producing stars like Erykah Badu and Norah Jones, the city also boasts players who have worked with pretty much every you-only-need-one-name star: Justin, Prince, Michael, Janet, Stevie, Beyoncé, Kendrick, Jay, Puff, and dozens of others.

 
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DALLAS OBSERVER SAYS

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.