Concert to pay tribute to Dick Wright

— The late Dick Wright will be remembered in October with a four-hour jazz concert that will showcase some of the nation's top players and singers.

The Dick Wright Memorial Jazz Concert, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, will feature performances by Gary Foster, Bob Kindred, Paul Haar, Karrin Allyson, Eldar Djangirov Trio, Julie Rivers, the Dick Wright Memorial Sax Quartet, Paul Smith, Bob Bowman, Todd Strait, Danny Embrey, Mike Metheny, Mike Ning, Joe Cartwright, Tommy Ruskin, Gerald Spaits, Russ Long, Vince Gnojek and Kerry Strayer.

Wright, a Kansas University professor emeritus of music and dance and one of the country's most respected jazz experts, died last year. Proceeds will go to the Dick Wright Memorial Jazz Scholarship Fund. The musicians are waiving their fees and paying their own expenses. TPAC is donating the use of the hall and its sound system.

Tickets are $20 and available through the TPAC Box Office, 214 S.E. Eighth, (785) 297-9000, and Ticketmaster outlets, (785) 234-4545.

TPAC also has announced its new season. Highlights include:

  • Oct. 11: The Righteous Brothers, 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 15: "Annie," 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 19: Roger Williams, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 4: Capitol Steps, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: Blood, Sweat and Tears, 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8-9: "Bending Towards the Light " a Jazz Nativity," 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: "Jekyll and Hyde," 8 p.m.

Other events at the venue include:

  • Aug. 25: The Grape Escape, 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Minori Machi Taiko Drum Troupe.
  • Sept. 24: Eldar Djangirov Trio.
  • Sept. 30: Classic Rock All-Stars.
  • Oct. 21-22 and 26-31: Phantom's Haunted House.
  • Nov. 3: The Arcata String Quartet.
  • Nov. 5: Tommy Ruskin Trio.
  • Nov. 9-12: Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays.
  • Nov. 11: Gospel Explosion 2000.
  • Nov. 18: Confederate Railroad.
  • Dec. 2-3 and 15-17: "The Nutcracker," by Metro Ballet of Topeka.
  • Jan. 21: Gerald Spaits Quartet.
  • March 4: Bram Winand Trio.
  • April 22: Angela Hagenbach Quartet.
  • May 26-28: Topeka Jazz Festival, featuring Monty Alexander Trio, Ray Brown Trio, Frank Capp and Juggernaut.


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