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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
All Concerts 3-5pm at the Topeka Ramada Hotel and Convention Center
420 SE 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas (click here for directions)
featuring Eldar Djangirov!
Born on January 28, 1987, Eldar came to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when he was ten. Among his first performances were in his hometown of Kansas City, as well as The Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. He quickly then moved up the ranks and was featured on the NPR Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show at the age of twelve. He released two albums independently. Eldar attended University of Southern California on a full scholarship. Eldar signed with Sony and recorded his major label self-titled debut featuring the great bassist, John Patitucci, and Michael Brecker on tenor sax. He followed up with the critically acclaimed "Live at the Blue Note" with guest appearances by Roy Hargrove and Chris Botti in 2006. Eldar was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his album "Re-imagination."
The Jazz Night event will be on Monday, June 13, 7:30 P.M., at White Concert Hall, Washburn University in Topeka.
Join the rest of the Sunflower Music Festival - June 10-18, 2016, for a week of awesome music! Click here for more information on the Sunflower Music Festival.
Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. is one of the nation’s longest, continuously running jazz concert series, dating from 1969. As we begin our 48th annual concert series in August of 2016, we invite you to join us as we continue our journey to “keep jazz alive and well through a live jazz concert series and a youth jazz scholarship program”.
- Click on History of Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. (under About Us) to learn more about our organization.
- Click on Concerts to see our current season artists, and
- Click on Membership to download our membership application.
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Keep Swinging!- Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc, Board of Directors
Check out Steve Waugh from the Topeka Jazz Workshop visiting with Chris Schultz on Talk About Topeka.