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Topeka Jazz Workshop Back with New Gigs, New Digs


After a Covid hiatus, the venerable Topeka Jazz Workshop bounces back for the 2021-2022 season with a slate of 4 concerts announced through the end of the year. The Topeka Jazz Concert Series moves to a new venue, this year, the Topeka Performing Arts Center’s Hill’s Festival Hall.

The new season kicks off September 19th, with our own David Basse joins up with Joe Cartwright for the 2021 edition of City Light Orchestra. B3 organist Chris Hazelton joins the DeVan University All-Stars on October 3rd followed by an October 24th engagement featuring Dr. Craig Treinen and No Mask Required (the name of the group, not an invitation for infection). Trumpeter Stanton Kessler pairs up with Kathleen Holeman and the Jazz All-Stars will round out the 2021 offerings on December 5th.

Hill’s Festival Hall is on the lower level of TPAC. Patrons are welcomed to enter the west door of TPAC, under the large canopy that extends out to Quincy St., where TPAC volunteers will lead the way to HFH. Elevator access is available and there should be plenty of on-street parking on all four concert Sundays.

After consultation with the Shawnee County health department, TJW will require all attendees to wear masks while in the venue and to have been vaccinated by September 5th. For social distancing purposes, the capacity of Hill’s Festival Hall will be limited to twenty tables of ten patrons for a total of 200.

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