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Kansas Public Radio Presents Jazz Night with the City Light Jazz Orchestra

Sunflower Music Festival, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Sunflower Music Festival at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus, 1700 SW Jewell Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66621, will welcome Kansas City’s popular City Light Jazz Orchestra back for Jazz Night. The orchestra, under the direction of Angela Ward, will present A Tribute to Black Female Composers. “Last year’s jazz night was a huge success,” said Sunflower Music Festival’s Board Member Paul Post, “with the highest attendance of the 10-day event.”

This year’s show takes listeners on a musical journey that includes compositions by trombonist Melba Liston, as well as singers Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Many Black women composers went unnoticed in their lifetime because of a male dominated and segregated world. Jazz Night again features vocalists Angela Hagenbach and David Basse performing music written by orchestra members and compositions that are by now a part of the fabric of the Great American Songbook.

Composer Johnny Mandel described Ms. Hagenbach best when he said, “She sings with perfect taste and sounds like no one else!” She has worked and recorded with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Russell Malone, and Frank Foster. Ms. Hagenbach represented the United States twice as a Cultural Jazz Ambassador and has performed at numerous festivals and concert halls around the world.

The concert is free and open to the public. The very popular luxury coaches will again be offered from Kansas City and other towns in the Kansas Public Radio listening area. Click on ‘Contact David’ at and ask us for the latest details. We hope you will join us for this heartfelt tribute.

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