Jerry Hahn Trio at the Arb
Apr
16
4:00pm 4:00pm

Jerry Hahn Trio at the Arb

Jerry is one of the most celebrated jazz guitarists of his generation, and a major name in the 1960s and 1970s for his de facto contribution to the emerging fusion movement.

He began playing the guitar at age 7. At age 11 he began playing professionally with the Bobby Wiley Rhythmaires, appearing daily on Wichita's first television station, KEDD.

At the age of 21 Jerry moved to San Francisco. In 1964 he joined the John Handy Quintet, recording two albums for Columbia Records including the critically acclaimed "Live at Monterey." In 1967 he recorded his first album for Arhoolie Records, "The Jerry Hahn Quintet," with Jack DeJohnette on drums. In 1968, he joined the Gary Burton Quartet with Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow, recording three albums and touring the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan.

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WJF Big Band Night: Deborah Brown & the WJF All-Star Big Band
Apr
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

WJF Big Band Night: Deborah Brown & the WJF All-Star Big Band

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah’s musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA, eventually leading her to Europe via Japan and Indonesia culminating in a 12 year residency in Europe.

Performing in night clubs, concerts, jazz festivals, on television and radio soundstages, Deborah has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.

Deborah Brown has 16 recordings as a leader and is featured on many others as a special guest artist.

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WJF Beyond Borders Night: The Kandinsky Effect
Apr
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

WJF Beyond Borders Night: The Kandinsky Effect

The Kandinsky Effect is a post-modern jazz Trio searching for new ways to improvise within the jazz idiom by blending the borders of jazz, rock, electronica, hip-hop, and experimental sounds to create a truly singular voice within instrumental music. Improvisation is ever-present, and spontaneity is paramount.

The band has been touring extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe over the last few years building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

As the Los Angeles Times puts it : “The young Paris-based trio, The Kandinsky Effect, offers an invigorating approach to modern jazz and improvisation…”

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WJF Ad Astra Night: Alaturka
Apr
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

WJF Ad Astra Night: Alaturka

Alaturka was formed in 2009 with the vision of creating an equal “auditory handshake” between two musical cultures, American jazz and Turkish classical music. Founder and director Beau Bledsoe joined with three of Kansas City’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, Rich Wheeler Brandon Draper and Jeff Harshbarger, to form a quartet in which both cultures are treated with equal respect. The collaboration has resulted in an intriguing new sound that has garnered the ensemble multiple invitations to perform throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, Alaturka’s second recording, “Yalniz” (Tzigane Music) received 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine.

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