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 Adam Schlozman (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.
FEBRUARY 19, 2017 CHRIS HAZELTON'S 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 & MIKE WOFFORD
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.
NEW DATE: MARCH 26, 2017
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.
Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY
Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY
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.
We've rescheduled our January 15th concert that was cancelled due to weather. The new date for this concert will be March 26th.
Dr. Craig Treinen presents THE SIX SHADES OF GRAY, a strong six-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! Come check out these amazing musicians.
Dr. Treinen is a nationally recognized jazz educator and performer. His current solo work can be heard on the following recordings: “Chronicles of Carmella,” by guitarist Dr. Wayne Goins, Introducing Sean Parsons,” by pianist Dr. Sean Parsons and vocalist Kevin Mahogany’s CD “Big Band.” Throughout his career, Dr. Treinen has performed with such legendary performers such as Lee Greenwood, Shirley Jones, Crystal Gayle, Bob Denver, Grant Stewart, Frank Mantooth, Karin Allison, George Duke, Terrell Stafford, John Fedchock, Wycliff Gordon, Byron Strippling, and Eric Marienthal. He has also backed The Temptations, Four Tops and The Shirelles, and big bands such as Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, Trilogy Big Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Omaha Big Band, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, De Moines Big Band, Ron Capps Big Band and The River City Big Band.
Dr. Kurt Gartner, Drums Steve Rigazzi, Bass
Here's a glimpse of the other musicians that will be joining Craig for the event:
Assoc Director of Music
& Professor of Percussion, KSU
Dr.Wayne Goins, Guitar
University Distinguished Professor
& Director of Jazz Studies, Guitar, KSU
Beau Jarvis, Piano
Degrees from Friends Univ and WSU
Teaches and plays in and around Wichita, KS
Dr. Paul Hunt, Trombone
Professor and Lead Undergrad Advisor for KSU Music program
One of KC's great bassists (and there are a lot of them!)
Dr. Kurt Gartner, Drums
Steve Rigazzi, Bass
Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. (TJW) announced 10 jazz band camp scholarship winners at the annual Topeka Youth Jazz Band finale concert held at White Concert Hall on Saturday, February 18.
Each year TJW collaborates with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, Inc. to produce a 6-week youth jazz band experience for area middle school and high school students culminating with a finale concert where both the middle school and high school bands perform. Also performing was the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band.
Area band directors Chris Reynolds and Ryan Simpson along with Dr. Craig Treinen, Director of the Washburn University jazz program, lead the bands and recommended the scholarship recipients.
Recipients of the $500 scholarships are able to apply their awards to the cost of attending one of several summer jazz camps that are operated by area universities. This exposure allows the student to develop their understanding of jazz, practice their individual techniques and experience working in various jazz ensembles.
Recipients of 2017 Jazz Camp Scholarships are:
Owen Deines – Robinson Middle School
Makayla Geil – Jardine Middle School
Nick Brady – Seaman High School
Cole McClendon – Jardine Middle School
Dequan Kent – Robinson Middle School
Chloe Easley – Christ the King School
Sydnee Bradley – Topeka High School
Courtney Wohletz – Seaman High School
Walter Evans – Robinson Middle School
Paul Fredrickson – Washburn Rural High School
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”.
- 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.
Be sure to bookmark this website and check back often so you can stay current on our jazz happenings.
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.