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Topeka concert series set to kick off 43rd season

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — Live jazz performed by world-class musicians will be just an hour’s drive from Manhattan during the Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc.’s 43rd concert season, which kicks off Sunday.

Concert headliners will include Freddy Cole, brother of Nat “King” Cole, and legendary pianist Kenny Barron.

Price for the 11 concerts in the upcoming series is $100. Students under 21 may attend all the performances for $45. Season tickets are available at the door before each concert. Tickets are not sold for individual concerts.

All concerts, except one this season, are held on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 p.m., at Topeka’s Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 SE 6th Street.

Here is the 2011-12 season lineup:

Aug. 21 — Topeka Jazz Workshop Band (big band music) and guest vocalist Shay Estes of Kansas City.

Sept. 18 — Freddy Cole Quartet. Cole on piano and vocals, plus his own bassist, drummer and guitarist.

Oct. 9 — Pianist Eldar. This concert will be in Washburn University’s White Concert Hall.

Oct. 16 — Ted Howe: An Afternoon With Ellington. Howe on piano, plus Kansas Citians Gerald Spaits on bass and Tommy Ruskin, drums.

Nov. 13 — John Fedchock, trombone; Ken Peplowski, reeds, backed by Todd Strait, drums, Bob Bowman, bass, and Joe Cartwright, piano.

Dec. 4 — Josh Nelson, piano, Sara Gazarek, vocals, backed by KC’s Matt Otto, tenor sax, Gerald Spaits, bass, and Tim Cambron, drums.

Jan. 15, 2012 — Interstring, featuring Bob Bowman, bass; Todd Strait, drums; Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, guitars.

Feb. 19 — Tim Doherty’s Nine Plus One. Ten Kansas City musicians playing big band music.

March 11 — Carol Welsman Trio with Danny Embrey. Pianist/vocalist Welsman will perform with her own trio, plus Kansas City guitarist Embrey.

April 15 — Dick Oatts, sax; Jim Oatts, trumpet; Jim Eklof, drums; John Mosca, trombone, backed by Bob Bowman, bass, and Roger Wilder, piano.

May 20 — Kenny Barron Trio. Barron on piano, with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Francisco Mela.

More information is available by contacting TJW executive director Marcene Grimes at, by calling 785-379-5169 or on the website

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