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Quartet to wrap up jazz season

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. members and guests will be treated to a blockbuster end-of-season concert on Sunday when they listen to the Graham Dechter Quartet.

  Dechter is a 26-year-old rising star guitarist from the L.A. area who will be backed by world-famous drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist Christoph Luty and pianist Josh Nelson.

Admission to the concert, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Downtown Ramada, 420 SE 6th, will be $50 per adult and $25 for a student 21 or younger, payable at the door.

Dechter has been a member of the famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since he was 19.  He is an accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, and plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age. 

Dechter has toured world-wide and has played with Michael Buble’, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe,  Russell Malone, Billy Taylor, Freddie Cole, Benny Green, Bill Charlap,  Wycliffe Gordon, Clark Terry, Snooky Young and Wynton Marsalis.

Marcene Grimes, executive director of TJW Inc., says the best testament to Dechter’s success is the fact that he is using one of the best groups of “sidemen” in the business:

“All three are familiar to our audience and have entertained us many times in the last decade or so. Hamilton’s earliest appearance with us was in 1995 with Diana Krall and John Clayton.”

This is the last concert of TJW Inc.’s 44th season, and it is appropriate that it is occurring in April, Jazz Appreciation Month. 

TJW Inc. is looking forward to its 45th consecutive season of keeping jazz alive ,starting in August.

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