ARTS FIFTH AVENUE
1628 5TH AVENUE
FORT WORTH, TX 76104
817-923-9500

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF JANIS WILLIAMSON BRYANT September 25, 2016 from 3:00-5:00

For those that knew this wonderful woman, we will be celebrating her life and contributions to the wonderful artistic community she so loved.  



A little about Janis:

Anxious to apply her art degree, she became an interior designer and enjoyed many years with her clients. Retiring in 1997 she devoted her full time to art. Janis was a prolific painter in oils, acrylics and pastels and well known in the arts community. She opened her first gallery and studio in 1997 where she also began teaching art classes; later, she would move the gallery to Fort Worth's South side to enjoy the redevelopment of that area. Known for her many interests, Janis was an accomplished ice skater, photographer, tap dancer and traveler. But above all, her love centered on her two children, Sammie and Shelly Bryant, and she took great pride in them and their accomplishments. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=janis-williamson-bryant&pid=180999728#sthash.mYcRKwtE.dpuf

, 80, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2016, her loving children at her side after a long illness. Celebration of life: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Arts 5th Avenue, Fort Worth. Janis was born on Aug. 16, 1935, in Athens, Texas, the second child and daughter of Opha Gwendolyn Stringer and Marion Francis Williamson - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=janis-williamson-bryant&pid=180999728#sthash.mYcRKwtE.dpuf

James Earl Clay (b. Sept. 8, 1935 - d. Jan. 6, 1995) was an American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist & flutist, and a native of Dallas, TX. He worked and recorded with numerous acknowledged jazz greats including Wynton Kelly, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Sonny Clark, Victor Feldman, Cedar Walton, Charlie Haden, David “Fathead” Newman, Wes Montgomery, Ray Charles, Hank Crawford, Dewey Redman, Ornette Coleman,  and others.

 2016 will be our 8th annual tribute and features DFW jazz musicians who knew and worked with James Clay including (but not limited to) Roger Boykin, Johnny Case, Kelly Durbin, Brad Leali, James Gilyard, Lou Harlas, Tom Burchill, Bob Stewart, Clyde George, Duane Durrett and more. 


"Playing with Ornette (Coleman) opened me up quite a bit," said Clay, who was part of Coleman's Jazz Messiahs ...I remember one day we came out of the crib and we were going to practice. I got one of those method books out, and we started playing and Ornette just went off like, and I'm playing toot-toot-toot. So I promptly closed the book up. I said, 'Well, we're going off in a completely different direction here, hmmmm.' It opened my ears up to a lot more."                             Dallas Observer: Thursday, Jan 12,1995

When: Sunday, September  18...7 pm
Where: Arts Fifth Avenue Main Stage
Cost: $15 Per Person

Lineup will include Roger Boykin, Johnny Case, Brad Leali, Tom Burchill, Kelly Durbin, Lou Harlas, Bob Stewart, Clyde George, Victor Cager, Sandra Kaye, Duane Durrett and more. 

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
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(Event Listings and dates subject to change.) 

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REMEMBERING JAMES CLAY
8th Annual Tribute

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When: Saturday, August 27...8 pm
Where: Arts Fifth Avenue Main Stage
Cost: $15 Per Person

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The Velvet Kittens of Le Cabaret Burlesque
Celebrate their 10th anniversary!
Join us for an evening of Vintage Nightclub Entertainment.

oin us for a night of Le Cabaret Burlesque; where high art, low art, and no art stand cheek-to-cheek as we titillate your senses with Variety Theatre and Vintage Nightclub Entertainment. This ensemble cast features professional entertainers including The Velvet Kitten Dancers, Burlesque Body Sculpt students, singers, actors, and stand-up comedy in a full-length variety show influenced by the genres of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque, and theatrical musicals...for mature audiences only.
 
Oh, there will be cake and don't forget...check your inhibitions at the door!