Sure it’s pretty much the end of the month, but April is marked as Jazz Appreciation Month and we couldn’t let it slip by without highlighting a couple of community locals. I’m fascinated by the fact that the LGBT scene here has such a strong jazz-based presence. Covers, originals, singalongs — Dallas has a significant number of gay (and very gay-friendly) musicians with some major jazz hands. Gary Poe, Linda Petty, Gary Floyd and Buddy Shanahan come immediately to mind. Whom did I miss?

Of course, we can’t forget Bill Shafer and his partner Michael Donovan as Deuce, pictured, or Rusty Johnson who performs tonight at Alexandre’s at his last Friday show with his band The Love Monkeys. Below is some video for your own jazz appreciation.