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2019 Wichita Jazz Festival

Date: March 22, 2019 to March 31, 2019,
Venue: Various Locations in Wichita - Wichita State University, Crown Uptown Theatre - McAdams Park - ,

The Event:

The Wichita Jazz Festival celebrates 48 years with eight days of music March 22-31. Here are some of the acts patrons can expect: 

WSU Jazz Invitational
March 22 5 p.m.
March 23 6:30 p.m.
Evening concert at Miller Concert Hall
Kicks off the festival with guest artist Dennis Mackrel, a world-renowned drummer and alumnus of both the Count Basie Orchestra and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. With more than 20 high school and college bands, the Invitational will be capped off with performances by the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and WSU's Jazz Arts Ensemble 1, both featuring Mackrel on drums.

"This is Love" Film Screening with a performance by Rudy Love & The Love Family
March 28
7-11 p.m.
Crown Uptown Theatre
At the age of 18, Rudy Love was touring the US with Little Richard. By the 1970s, he was working as a pilot vocalist for The Temptations and Marvin Gaye, his songs were being recorded by Esther Phillips and Isaac Hayes, and he was appearing on records with Ray Charles and Sly Stone. Now at the age of 70, Rudy Love is beginning to see his work rediscovered by artists like Jay-Z, finally achieving the respect he has long deserved.

Donna Tucker & Her Kansas City Band
March 29
7:30-11 p.m.
Crown Uptown Theatre
6 p.m. Dinner & Show - includes premium seating near the stage
Donna Tucker’s life was destined to be intertwined with music. She began her music career so long ago, she has no memory of those early-day lessons. Donna performed with the Woody Herman Band, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jerry Lewis Telethons, and many others. She performed in the National March of Dimes Telethon, Filmed and produced in Los Angeles … along with a Los Angeles Summer Olympics performance on the Queen Mary. All this while continuing a heavy performance schedule at the renowned ARTHUR’S in Dallas.

Bill Frisell Trio ft. Thomas Morgan & Rudy Royston
March 30
7-11 p.m.
Crown Uptown Theatre
This show opens with the Delano Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m.
Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” including his recent albums for Savoy - Sign of Life with the 858 Quartet, Beautiful Dreamers, All We Are Saying, a collection of John Lennon interpretations and his debut release for OKeh/Sony Masterworks, Big Sur, featuring music commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival and composed at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, for strings, guitar and drums in a quintet comprised of long-time musical associates. 

Jazz in the Neighborhood
March 31
3-7 p.m.
Enjoy jazz at McAdams park. There will be a food truck or two. Hear from Sessions, a young jazz group composed of the area's best high school musicians mentored by Wichita-Newton jazz greats. In addition to that fun, the fabulous Macy Brothers will perform and Wichita’s own Delano Jazz Orchestra will take you back in time to the Big Band Era of Jazz. This event is a reminder of McAdam’s invaluable contribution to Wichita’s jazz history, as well as America’s jazz legacy.

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