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 featuring Bram and 4 saxophones playing his own arrangements of music from the 1930's and 40's. You'll recognize many of them along with some tunes that rarely appear on today's landscape.
NOVEMBER 19, 2017 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!
Five high school seniors from three Topeka schools were announced as winners of college scholarships from Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. at the Topeka Community Foundation's scholarship reception Tuesday evening. The young musicians will each receive $1,000 to further their jazz education.
Drummer Anthony Dake and bassist Katie Rogg are both from Washburn Rural High School. Jordan Rowe from Seaman High School plays trombone. Dalton Imhoff-Brey plays trumpet and Ty'Rese Mendez plays saxophone at Topeka High school. Dake, Rowe, Imhoff-Brey and Mendez will all attend Washburn University, and Rogg will enroll at Kansas State University.
These outstanding student musicians join over 350 young musicians who have received TJW scholarships in the 48 years of the nonprofit group's program of support for future jazz performers and teachers.