Since 1972, the Wichita Jazz Festival has been bringing the biggest names in jazz to Wichita, KS for concerts, clinics, workshops, and fun! The names listed below are only a small sampling of the countless jazz legends that have graced our stages over the past 44 years. For more detailed information on the festival's first 25 years, view the WJF Retrospective gallery at the bottom of the page. 

Mel Torme

Michael Brecker

Miguel Zenon

Milt Hinton

Milt Jackson

Nat Adderley

Oscar Peterson

Pat Metheny

Peter Erskine

Phil Woods

Poncho Sanchez

Randy Brecker

Ray Charles

Rufus Reid

San Francisco Jazz Collective

Sarah Vaughn

Spyro Gyra

Stan Getz

Stanley Jordan

Terence Blanchard

Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

Tierney Sutton

Tom Harrell

Woody Herman

Wynton Marsalis

Zoot Sims

Al Cohn

Allison Miller

Anita O’Day

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers

Art Pepper

B.B. King

Barney Kessel

Bill Evans

Bob Mintzer

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby Watson

Branford Marsalis

Buddy Rich

Cannonball Adderley

Charlie Haden

Chick Corea

Christian McBride

Clark Terry

Count Basie

Dave Brubeck

Dexter Gordon

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Schuur

Dizzy Gillespie

Max Roach

Freddie Hubbard

Gary Burton

Gerry Mulligan

Gretchen Parlato

Hank Jones

Herb Ellis

Herbie Hancock

Jerry Hahn

Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Smith

Joe Henderson

John Pattitucci

John Scofield

Joshua Redman

Kenny Burrell

Lee Ritenour

Lionel Loueke

Lou Donaldson

Lou Marini

Louie Bellson

Lyle Mays

Matt Wilson

Maynard Ferguson

Stan Kenton

McCoy Tyner