Find a back issue

Making Dallas Even Better

Pegasus Story Claims Closed Deep Ellum Club Is Responsible For Neighborhood’s Jazz Revival

 Venues like Tuckers’ Blues and The Free Man Cajun Cafe and Lounge have created a dynamic jazz scene in the neighborhood to re-create the jazz culture from the early 1900s.

In this Pegasus News story – pulled from SMU’s Daily Campus newspaper – the author contends that jazz is returning to Deep Ellum, through the aforementioned two clubs. Other quibbles aside – all of the “jazz” musicians at the beginning of the piece are actually blues musicians; I don’t think Ray Garland is a real person, so she probably means Red Garland, or smushed together the album name of the Garland/Ray Bryant collaboration – the inclusion of Tuckers Blues is curious, since it closed in September.

And here’s where the muddied Pegasus News/ Dallas Morning News situation comes in. The DMN wrote in September that the club was closing; shouldn’t its properties know that, too?


  • Chris

    Just because the venue is now closed doesn’t mean it didn’t help create the jazz scene in the area.

  • John Myers

    Well, The Free Man has Jazz 7 nights a week and twice on Sunday, so they got that part right.