The Wichita Jazz Festival celebrates 47 years with eight days of music April 1-8. Here are some of the acts patrons can expect:
Delano Jazz Orchestra
Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble
4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, McAdams Park
Kickoff Showcase and Community Gathering featuring the Delano Jazz Orchestra (4 p.m.), the Wichita Jazz Festival. Sessions combo and other area acts, as well as presentation of the Homer Osborne Award for outstanding contribution to jazz education. Fran Jackson is emcee. Free.
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, Roxy’s Downtown, co-sponsored with the Tallgrass Film Festival
“Bill Frisell: A Portrait,” Emma Franz’s 2017 documentary film about a mild-mannered guitarist who stands out for his versatility, distinctive sound and influence across contemporary music.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, Fisch Haus
Evening of tunes and talk curated by bassist Mark Foley . Free.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Roxy’s Downtown
Trio led by bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux , an L.A. native and Berklee grad who’s been called a “multitasking talent” (the New Yorker) and “rising star in the jazz firmament” (All About Jazz). Opening act, WJF Sessions combo. $20; students $5 with ID.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College, North Newton
Brad Leali , associate professor of jazz saxophone and director of the Three O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, performing with the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble . Freewill offering.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, Duerksen Fine Arts Center, Wichita State University
WSU Jazz Invitational with top high school and college bands in a daylong juried competition at WSU.
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, Roxy’s Downtown
Bassist Ben Allison, a New York-based composer and performer who reflects the inventive state of the art of East Coast jazz, performs with Think Free members Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Allan Mednard (drums). $20; students $5 with ID.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Roadhouse Event Center
Latin Jazz Dance Party starring Miami-based PALO! and its festive Cuban funk, which has earned the band Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Concert sponsored by Perfekta Inc., and also supported by the Kansas chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. $30; students $5 with ID.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, Roxy’s Downtown
Tenor sax star Eric Alexander and his quartet featuring his 81-year-old mentor, veteran pianist Harold Mabern . Alexander, a prolific recording artist based in New York, has propelled his instrument’s bop-based jazz tradition into the 21st century; the Memphis-born Mabern has been called “one of the great post-bop pianists.” $30; students $5 with ID.
Learn more about the history of this annual event here.