August 17, 2014 - The Topeka Jazz Workshop Band with Bill Watrous
Again we open our season with the swinging Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, under the direction of Ryan Simpson. This concert will feature one of the most exciting trombonists alive, Bill Watrous, who is noted for his “mellifluous sound and as a master technician.”
Bill has played for us at least 5 times and we’re excited to welcome him back to Topeka!
August 17, 2014 - The Topeka Jazz Workshop Band with Bill Watrous
We are very excited to welcome our guest soloist for the opening concert, Bill Watrous, who will kick off the season with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band, under the direction of Ryan Simpson!
September 28, 2014 - DENISE DONATELLI and BILL CUNLIFFE
Denise has been described as a “ premiere vocalist with a voice of exceptional nuance, agility, and unerring pitch.” Bill is one of her favorite piano accompanists. Bill and Denise are both based in the L.A. area and both have received many awards and honors. It’s quite an honor to have them both headlining the front-end of our season.
October 26, 2014 - THE BUCKY PIZZARELLI/ ED LAUB GUITAR DUO with K.C guitarists DANNY EMBREY and ROD FLEEMAN
Four guitarists ending up on the stage together – Voila! Bucky is one of the most loved guitarists of all time. For the past 12 years, he and his former student, Ed Laub, have been performing as a Duo. Of course, Danny and Rod are well known to our TJW audience. They both shared the stage with Bucky at the 2000 Topeka Jazz Festival, so this will be a reunion of sorts.
November 16, 2014 - CHUCK REDD and NICKI PARROTT with KEVIN CEROVICH and ROGER WILDER
We’re always excited to have a great vibraphonist back on our stage. Chuck Redd is an excellent vibes player and drummer who began his professional career playing with Charlie Byrd and the Great Guitars in 1980. Nicki is an Aussie who moved to New York in 1994. She plays double bass and sings. Trombonist Kevin Cerovich is a former Kansas Citian who recently was asked to head the prestigious Airmen of Note and now resides in Washington, D.C.; and KC pianist Roger Wilder is a perfect fit to round out this group.
December 7, 2014 - THE ROGER WILDER QUINTET
Continuing a tradition of featuring our talented “backup” pianists, we are pleased to present KC’s Roger Wilder this season with a talented list of K.C. musicians – David Chael and Matt Otto on tenor and soprano saxes; Seth Lee on bass; and Sam Wisman (a TJW 2000 and 2001 scholarship winner) on drums. Roger is much in demand these days and we feel very fortunate to have him frequent our stage.
January 18 , 2015 - PBT plus MEGAN BIRDSALL and DANNY EMBREY
A long-time favorite K.C. Trio returns – Paul Smith on piano, Bob Bowman on bass, and Todd Strait on drums. This trio has been entertaining us for years. We asked Paul to pick two more for this gig and his choices were vocalist Megan Birdsall and guitarist Danny Embrey. It will be a first appearance here for Megan, but certainly not for Danny who will be returning from his encounter with Bucky Pizzarelli and the other guitarists in October.
February 22, 2015 - THE NEW VINTAGE BIG BAND from Kansas City
Our TJW Band leader Ryan Simpson has been touting this group under the direction of Jack Taylor for a long time, and with Ryan’s blessing we are excited to present a second big band sound on our stage this season. By the way, it is not just coincidence that we are presenting so many K.C. musicians this season. We have long felt blessed to have so many fine musicians just a few miles down the pike and are delighted to be able to showcase them.
March 8, 2015 - DIEGO FIGUEIREDO, Brazilian guitarist, with STAN KESSLER’S SONS OF BRASIL
What, you say? Another guitarist? You bet! This one was discovered by two of our Board members – Jerry Goodell and Jim Beardmore – at the Vail Jazz Festival last summer and we can still hear their praises ringing in our ears. It seemed a perfect opportunity to bring back the Kansas City SOBs who have been long time favorites of many of our members. This one is bound to get toes tapping and garner rave reviews!
April 12, 2015 - HARRY ALLEN, tenor sax, JOHN ALLRED, trombone, and ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, piano, with GERALD SPAITS, bass
We like to end our seasons on a high note and they don’t get much higher than this threesome. Harry loves the Topeka audience as much as we love his smooth, swinging style. John and his dad Bill, also a trombonist, are long time friends of TJW, and we are eternally grateful to Harry for introducing this marvelous piano player, Rossano, to us.
The Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc 46th Concert Season Announced!
A Note from Steve Waugh, President of TJW, Inc., Board
Dear TJW Members and Friends,
It’s April and another great season of jazz is behind us at the Topeka Jazz Workshop. From our opening concerts with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band that featured trumpeter Mike Metheny, to Karin Allyson and Houston Person, to Joe Cartwright and finally Gary Foster, we’ve just completed a wonderful season of terrific jazz moments.
Speaking for our Board of Directors, I can tell you we all appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment as members of Topeka Jazz Workshop. If you were one of our many guests during the season, we appreciate your interest in the jazz we offer and hope you will become a full member and enjoy the entire 2014-15 season with us.
Enclosed is our brochure for our 46th Annual Season. You’ll see another great lineup of talent that we know you’ll not want to miss. Our season member pricing will remain unchanged for 2014-15, so please hurry to secure your membership today by completing the tear-off membership application and returning it to the address shown with your check or credit card information. We’ll take it from there and get your tickets back to you by mail well before our season begins.
There are two additional requests that I’d like to make as you complete your membership application:
1. Please consider upgrading to a Gold, Silver, Platinum or Diamond premium membership this year. This commitment enables your Board to bring jazz talent to you that will both excite and inspire.
2. Please consider an additional donation to our Jazz Education Fund to support our annual middle school and high school scholarships that keep our local jazz pipeline full of enthusiastic and talented young artists.
Finally, please visit our website, www.topekajazz.com regularly for updates and information as the new season approaches and progresses. I also strongly encourage you to share your email address with us on the membership application so that we can include you in our periodic TJW Jazz Blasts. If you have any questions, ideas or concerns at any time, I encourage you to reach out to me, Marcene or any of our other officers and board members.
Steve Waugh, President
Topeka Jazz Workshop
Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. is one of the nation’s longest, continuously running jazz concert series, dating from 1969. As we begin our 45th annual concert series in August of 2013, 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.