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Jazz concert to feature quartet

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — For its sixth concert of the 2013-14 season, Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. will showcase the Joe Cartwright Quartet from Kansas City, consisting of Cartwright on piano, Lester “Duck” Warner on trombone and vocals, Gerald Spaits on bass, and Tommy Ruskin on drums.

  The concert will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 620 SE 6th, Topeka. 

Admission is by season membership, which may be purchased at the door for $100 per adult or $50 per student under 21.  Each membership is good for the Jan. 19 performance and also the three remaining ones on Feb. 23 (Jim Seeley and Friends), March 30 (Rebecca Kilgore Quartet), and April 13 (Gary Foster and Friends). Memberships are payable by cash, check or major credit card.

Cartwright has lived, performed and taught in the KC area for the last 33 years. He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music, leads his own duo, trio and quartet, and is currently musical director of the critically acclaimed National Public Radio show “12th Street Jump.”

Warner is described as a quiet, soft spoken man who transforms into a spectacular entertainer when he takes the stage.  He plays valve trombone and has a rich baritone voice that has been compared with Nat “King” Cole.

The Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. concert series is in its 45th season and is believed to be the longest continuously running live jazz concert series in the nation. 

For more information about the series, contact Executive Director Marcene Grimes at or the website at

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