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'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.
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.
The Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc., (www.topekajazz.com) has received a gift of $50,000 from long-time TJW member and supporter Mrs. Liz Stratton of Topeka. The gift is a memorial for Don Strait and Ann Hanson, parents of Kansas City-based jazz musician Todd Strait, who has been performing at TJW concerts since1987.
Mrs. Stratton has been a friend of the Strait family for many years and wanted to honor that friendship with a gift to TJW, to be used for jazz scholarships. The $50,000 gift will be placed in the Don Strait and Ann Hanson Jazz Education Fund within the TJW funds held at the Topeka Community Foundation.
Ms. Stratton said, “I wanted to pay tribute to the memory of Don and Ann, as well as honor Todd and his sisters Laurie and Christine, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to make a contribution to the TJW Jazz Education Fund. It is not only a way to honor the Strait family, but a way to recognize the good work the TJW education fund has done over many, many years in granting opportunities to young jazz musicians.”
Steve Waugh, president of the TJW, Inc. board of directors said, “This is an amazing gift, from a wonderful woman, in recognition of a family that has been a major force in jazz in our community. The Don Strait and Ann Hanson Jazz Education Fund will ensure that young jazz musicians are encouraged and nurtured in the pursuit of jazz for many years to come.”
Additional gifts in support of the Don Strait and Ann Hanson Jazz Education Fund or the TJW Jazz Education Fund can be made by contacting the Topeka Community Foundation or Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc.
Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. is one of the nation’s longest, continuously running jazz concert series, dating from 1969. 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”.\
Our long-standing commitment to jazz education is continuing this fall with three recipients of Topeka Jazz Scholarships:
- Giovan (Gio) Rodriquez, saxophonist from Topeka West High School
- Augustus (Gus) Ramirez, trombonist from Topeka High School
- Kira Hephner, saxophonist from Spring Hill High School
All three of these students are enrolled at Washburn University and are participating in the WU Jazz program. We look forward to hearing great things from these promising young musicians!
In its 48 seasons, the Topeka Jazz Workshop has presented over 325 scholarships to young musicians for summer jazz camps and college-level jazz studies. This educational effort is lead by the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, Inc., a separately incorporated entity, with the scholarship funding provided by TJW Inc.'s scholarship funds which are maintained and managed by the Topeka Community Foundation.
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.
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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.