AUGUST 21, 2016 TJW BAND WITH DAVID SHARP, TENOR SAX










We open our 48th Season with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, under the direction of Ryan Simpson, and guest artist, tenor sax-man, David Sharp.  David has played with countless renowned jazz and pop artists and he’s a prolific writer and arranger.  This will be a wonderful start to our season.

AUGUST 21, 2016 TJW BAND WITH DAVID SHARP, TENOR SAX

We open our 48th Season with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, under the direction of Ryan Simpson, and guest artist, tenor sax-man, David Sharp.  David has played with countless renowned jazz and pop artists and he’s a prolific writer and arranger.  This will be a wonderful start to our season.





SEPTEMBER 25, 2016  THE DEBORAH BROWN QUINTET










Performing in night clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals, and on television and radio sound stages, vocalist Deborah Brown has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.  We are really lucky that she makes Kansas City her home.  The rest of her quintet are some of our favorites: Joe Cartwright (piano), Ben Leifer (bass), Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Michael Warren (drums).

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016  THE DEBORAH BROWN QUINTET

Performing in night clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals, and on television and radio sound stages, vocalist Deborah Brown has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.  We are really lucky that she makes Kansas City her home.  The rest of her quintet are some of our favorites: Joe Cartwright (piano), Ben Leifer (bass), Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Michael Warren (drums).





OCTOBER 23, 2016  TODD STRAIT & THE NEXT GENERATION










Lucky for us, drummer Todd Strait is spending more time in Kansas City and will be bringing us a quartet he put together with some new, and dynamic, young artists from Kansas City.  Ben Leifer (bass), Steve Martin (piano) and Matt Villanger (tenor sax) will be joining Todd for this concert.

OCTOBER 23, 2016  TODD STRAIT & THE NEXT GENERATION

Lucky for us, drummer Todd Strait is spending more time in Kansas City and will be bringing us a quartet he put together with some new, and dynamic, young artists from Kansas City.  Ben Leifer (bass), Steve Martin (piano) and Matt Villanger (tenor sax) will be joining Todd for this concert.





NOVEMBER 13, 2016  BILL CUNLIFFE AND DENISE DONATELLI










Denise, recent Grammy nominee, returns and is joined by pianist and Grammy winning arranger Bill Cunliffe.  This will be one of the highlights of our season.  Both Bill and Denise are excited to be returning to our stage and will be joined by John Kizilarmut (drums), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Rod Fleeman (guitar).

NOVEMBER 13, 2016  BILL CUNLIFFE AND DENISE DONATELLI

Denise, recent Grammy nominee, returns and is joined by pianist and Grammy winning arranger Bill Cunliffe.  This will be one of the highlights of our season.  Both Bill and Denise are excited to be returning to our stage and will be joined by John Kizilarmut (drums), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Rod Fleeman (guitar).





DECEMBER 4, 2016  BILL AND JOHN ALLRED











Over the years we’ve had many requests to reunite Bill and his son  John  on our Topeka Jazz stage following their last duo appearance here in 2004.  With two excellent trombonists in our house, it’s sure to be a fun, fun afternoon.  Joining them will be Todd Strait (drums), Bob Bowman (bass) and Roger Wilder (piano) for a wonderful afternoon.

DECEMBER 4, 2016  BILL AND JOHN ALLRED


Over the years we’ve had many requests to reunite Bill and his son  John  on our Topeka Jazz stage following their last duo appearance here in 2004.  With two excellent trombonists in our house, it’s sure to be a fun, fun afternoon.  Joining them will be Todd Strait (drums), Bob Bowman (bass) and Roger Wilder (piano) for a wonderful afternoon.






JANUARY 15, 2017 Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY










Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY, a strong 6 piece jazz group featuring outstanding regional jazz artists.  This will be an exciting ensemble with amazing soloists that will definitely heat up a January afternoon.

JANUARY 15, 2017 Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY

Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY, a strong 6 piece jazz group featuring outstanding regional jazz artists.  This will be an exciting ensemble with amazing soloists that will definitely heat up a January afternoon.





FEBRUARY 19, 2017  CHRIS HAZELTON AND THE BOOGALOO 7










A favorite KC band, Chris brings his B-3 organ along with a group of wonderful musicians to raise the Ramada roof.  Some might call their music Soul Jazz, with their horns, congas and the organ.  You’ll instantly recognize much of their music, relax to their soulful tunes, and may even want to dance.

FEBRUARY 19, 2017  CHRIS HAZELTON AND THE BOOGALOO 7


A favorite KC band, Chris brings his B-3 organ along with a group of wonderful musicians to raise the Ramada roof.  Some might call their music Soul Jazz, with their horns, congas and the organ.  You’ll instantly recognize much of their music, relax to their soulful tunes, and may even want to dance.





MARCH 12, 2017  HOLLY HOFMANN AND MIKE WOFFORD DUO










It’s a pleasure to bring Holly (flute) and Mike (piano) back to our stage.  These west coast jazz impressarios will astound with their sensitivity, taste and energy.  Many of our members have been friends with Holly and Mike for a long time, and we hope that this concert will extend that friendship for years to come.

MARCH 12, 2017  HOLLY HOFMANN AND MIKE WOFFORD DUO


It’s a pleasure to bring Holly (flute) and Mike (piano) back to our stage.  These west coast jazz impressarios will astound with their sensitivity, taste and energy.  Many of our members have been friends with Holly and Mike for a long time, and we hope that this concert will extend that friendship for years to come.





APRIL 23, 2017   THE GRAHAM DECHTER QUARTET FEATURING JEFF HAMILTON










Graham and his guitar close our season by returning with his fabulous quartet.   This group of jazz superstars will definitely put a bow on our 48th Topeka Jazz Concert Series season, and entice you to join for our 49th season on the spot.

APRIL 23, 2017   THE GRAHAM DECHTER QUARTET FEATURING JEFF HAMILTON


Graham and his guitar close our season by returning with his fabulous quartet.   This group of jazz superstars will definitely put a bow on our 48th Topeka Jazz Concert Series season, and entice you to join for our 49th season on the spot.