Celebrate the rich tradition of vocal jazz music at the Wichita Jazz Festival, Wichita’s annual tribute to one of the longest running and most popular types of music. Reaching all the way back to Louis Armstrong, the voice has been a core element of jazz music, and while the John Coltranes and Dave Brubecks of history remain at the at the heart of the music, singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Tony Bennett have transcended the genre to become pop culture icons.
The Wichita Jazz Festival is a week-long celebration every April with performances dedicated to fostering great jazz in Wichita and raising the next generation of jazz musicians.
Held for 40 years, festival events ranges from performances by high school and college musicians to jam sessions with local artists to concerts featuring regionally and nationally touring headliners. In addition to these performance, the musicians take part in master classes and other educational activities to further jazz education in the community. The festival offers unique opportunities to interact with world-class musicians.
Music lovers of all ages will not want to miss the Wichita Jazz Festival! Watch our calendar of events for details on the 2017 event when available.