AUGUST 20, 2017 TJW BAND WITH GUEST, BYRON STRIPLING, TRUMPET
We open our 49th Season with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, under the direction of Ryan Simpson, and guest artist, trumpeter Byron Stripling. Stripling returns to our stage with his musicality, wit and sincerity expressed through his fiery horn.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 MARILYN MAYE AND HER TRIO
"Like drum rolls and colored lights, Marilyn Maye is pure Show Biz, electrifying the room when she steps on the stage." Join us as Marilyn returns to our stage for the 5th time to bring stage, screen and recordings to life for our TJW members.
OCTOBER 22, 2077 THE BRAM WIJNANDS SWINGTET
Our favorite KC stride-pianist brings us his unique swingtet built around Bram’s piano, a drummer and 3 reed players who switch between clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone sax. Their repertoire is a combination of 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s tunes, plus some of Bram’s original compositions.
NOVEMBER 19, 2017 THE TAMIR HENDELMAN TRIO
Tamir's travels have taken him from Alaska to New York, and Thailand to lsrael to Topeka. With his own trio, he explores standards, Brazilian music, blues and his lsraeli roots. This will be Tamir's 6th visit to TJW and we expect to see more of him as his career continues to expand.
DECEMBER 3, 2017 HOUSTON PERSON
Legendary Houston Person is a rock solid, full-toned tenor saxophonist who plays ballads and blues with flair, expressive ardor and power. Plus, he's just great fun to listen to. Appearing on our stage for the first time in 2013, we've had many requests for his return. Joining Houston will be Joe Cartwright (piano), Mike Warren (drums) and Tyrone Clark (bass).
JANUARY 14, 2018 DICK OATTS AND TERELL STAFFORD
With Dick on alto sax and Terell on trumpet, sparks will fly! Both are based on the East Coast and are accomplished musicians in every sense from big band to smaller groups, as soloists and clinicians as well as writers, arrangers and educators. Joining Dick and Terell from Kansas City will be Todd Strait, Bob Bowman and Roger Wilder. This will be a powerful afternoon oI jazz.
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 ENORMOUS GUITAR
Guitarist Danny Embrey has arranged and compiled a book of jazz standards that are played by an ensemble of 5 guitars. He says it's like one giant guitar with 30 strings. We are more than excited to present this group of KC guitarists for an afternoon of interesting stylings of our favorite jazz tunes.
MARCH 11, 2018 KEN PEPLOWSKI AND EHUD ASHERIE
No one this season has graced our stages as many times as clarinetis/saxophonist, Ken Peplowski. Beginning in 1990, he's appeared on this stage or at the former Topeka Jazz Festival 11 times. We're really glad to have him back, along with NY pianist, Ehud Asherie. Adding Todd Strait on drums and Gerald Spaits on bass makes for a wonderful afternoon.
APRIL 22, 2018 BOULEVARD BIG BAND
To round out our 49th season we bring you one of KC's favorite Big Bands. With a book that showcases Ellington, Basie, Herman, Rich, Dorsey and many others, this concert will have you looking forward to our fabulous 50th Season that we'll be announcing at this concert. Don't miss this one!
The Topeka Jazz Concert Series is here to help you with your holiday gift giving. Don’t settle for the same old thing. Give a gift that provides a wonderful musical experience, 4 afternoons of live jazz with our TJCS Holiday Gift Ticket. For only $75, plus tax, you can give an unforgettable afternoon at all 4 of our 2018 concerts from January through April.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we have a fast turnaround into our 5th concert of this season with legendary tenor sax-man, Houston Person. On December 3, at 3pm in the Regency Ballroom of the Downtown Topeka Ramada Inn and Convention Center, Houston will perform with 3 of KC’s greatest – Joe Cartwright, piano, Michael Warren, drums, and Tyrone Clark, bass. Houston will be calling out all of your favorite tunes and will be putting his own soulful spin on them for an afternoon of great music to lead us into December. Don’t miss this concert!!!
All Concerts 3-5pm at the Topeka Ramada Hotel and Convention Center
420 SE 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas (click here for directions)
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”.
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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.