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Basse Orchestra to play in jazz series

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The David Basse Orchestra will perform at the Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc.’s sixth concert of the 2012-2013 season on Sunday. 

The concert will be at the Topeka Ramada Hotel’s Regency Ballroom, 420 SE 6th, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Admission is by season membership only, but those will be sold at the door for $80 for an adult or $40 for a student under 21.  This will provide admission to four concerts in the period Jan. 6 through April 28.  Original prices were $110 and $50.

Basse has been the signature voice for K.C. jazz and blues for three decades.  He is an integral part of two weekly radio shows — “The Jazz Scene” on Saturday afternoons 1 to 4 p.m.on Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence and the “12th Street Jump” program on K.C.’s National Public Radio station KCUR-FM on Sunday nights from midnight to 1 a.m.

Basse has performed at jazz festivals all over the world with many jazz artists, including Jay McShann, Billy Taylor, Phil Woods, Les McCann, Giacomo Gates, and Mike Melvoin, and at many community and youth outreach programs.  Ingram’s Magazine called him “one of the 50 people in Kansas to know.”

Basse’s current orchestra consists of Basse on vocals, veteran jazz pianist Joe Cartwright on piano, and five younger jazz artists, Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Steve Lambert on sax, Jason Goudeau on trombone, Zach Beeson on bass, and Brian Steever on drums.

Marcene Grimes, executive director of TJW Inc., said portable dance floors will be provided at this concert since Basse’s music is so danceable. 

Remaining concerts in the 2012-2013 season are Feb. 10 trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, March 17 Kansas City musicians Paul Smith, Mike White and Kathleen Holeman, and April 28 guitarist Graham Dechter with Jeff Hamilton on drums, Tamir Hendelman on bass, and Konrad Paszudzski on piano.

For more information about the TJW Inc. series, contact Grimes at or 785-379-5169.

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