Trumpeter featured on Topeka stage

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The seventh concert in this season’s Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc., series will be Sunday and will feature New York trumpeter Jim Seeley, a native of Holton, Kan.

Seeley won a TJW scholarship in 1978 and is one of several scholarship winners who have made it big in the jazz world.

Admission to the concert, which is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center’s Regency Ballroom, will be $55 for adults or $50 for students under 21 and will be available for purchase at the door by check, cash or credit card.  This will also provide admission to the last two concerts in the series in March and April. No individual concert tickets are sold. 

The last two concerts of this season will be March 30 featuring the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet from Portland,Ore., two towns in California, and NYC;  and April 13 featuring woodwinds specialist Gary Foster from LA, a Leavenworth native and graduate of KU.

Seeley is a Grammy winning composer/arranger as well as a featured trumpeter. He has been featured on tours and recordings with Ray Charles, Gregg Allman, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Louis Bellson and Maynard Ferguson.  He has also kept busy as a teacher and has conducted master classes all over the world.

Joining Seeley on Sunday will be Kansas Citians Gerald Spaits on bass, Roger Wilder on piano, Brian Steever on drums, and Charlie Gatschett on guitar.

For more information about the concert and the TJW series of jazz concerts and its scholarship program, contact Executive Director Marcene Grimes at or 785-379-5169 or visit

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