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.
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.
Master trombonists, and father & son duo, Bill and John Allred’s musical lineage began near New Orleans where Bill’s grandmother was born. Bill’s father, John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on many of the great steamboats plying the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, eventually settling in Rock Island where his son Bill was born. After high school in Rock Island, college at St Ambrose College and a stint in the US Navy Band, Bill auditioned for a the position of staff musician at a new venture near Orlando, Florida called Walt Disney World where he was one of the original 200 staff musicians hired. After creating and producing a long running show at Orlando’s Rosie O’Grady’s, he returned to Disney’s staff and also heads-up his own entertainment company, still making time to regularly tour around the world and appear in many jazz festivals.
John, of course, knew he wanted to carry on this musical legacy. He was only 13 when he played his first jazz festival on trombone with father, Bill. After graduation he, too, joined the Disney family but did at Disneyland in Anaheim. While in the LA area he found many opportunities to study and perform with big bands and studio orchestras. John’s career has taken him into Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd, as lead and featured trombonist, into hundreds of clubs and even Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Because of is LA connection, he also became active with the studio scene. For the major motion picture My Girl, John coached Dan Ackroyd to appear as if he were playing the tuba and recorded the tuba parts for the sound track.
Backing the Allred’s are: on drums, Todd Strait; on bass, Bob Bowman; and on piano, Roger Wilder. The Sunday, December 4th concert kicks off at 3pm in the Regency Ballroom of the Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. While admission is by season membership, the full season price of $145 is reduced to $100 for this and the remaining 5 concerts. In addition, a holiday sampler gift package will be available for purchase, to share the magic of 4 live jazz concerts for only $65.
We have the perfect gift for live music lovers!
Our Holiday Package is one size fits all: Four great concerts (Jan/Feb/March/April) for just $65! (plus tax)
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.