AUGUST 20, 2017 TJW BAND WITH GUEST, BYRON STRIPLING, TRUMPET

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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

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"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

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Our favorite KC stride-pianist brings us his unique swingtet built around Bram’s piano, a drummer and 3 reed players who switch between clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone sax. Their repertoire is a combination of 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s tunes, plus some of Bram’s original compositions. 

NOVEMBER 19, 2017 TAMIR HENDELMAN TRIO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!