In 2000, the K-State Student Union Program Council (UPC) partnered with the Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet and the International Association for Jazz Education to showcase jazz in Manhattan.
For the eighth year running, the K-State Student Union Program Council and the Manhattan, Kan. Parks & Recreation Department are working together to produce the Little Apple® Jazz Festival as part of the Arts in the Park series. The festival, which will be Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the City Park's Larry Norvell Band Shell, unites people through their common love of jazz music.
Last year's festival attracted more than 2,000 people. The festival also aims to attract out-of-towners to show off Manhattan, Kansas-the Little Apple!® We strive to showcase between four and six bands, including a traditional jazz band, a contemporary/smooth jazz band, a latin jazz band, and a headliner. The headlining bands for the 2005-2011 festivals were Kevin Mahogany, Kathy Kosins, Ron Gutierrez, Lisa Henry, Les Lankhorst, Roxi Copland, and CJ Manning & Company, respectively. There will be two stages at the festival and a family-friendly area. It's an event that appeals to the whole family.
6:00-6:45 pm * 1st Infantry Division
Fort Riley Jazz Combo
8:30-9:30 pm * Watermelon Slim
6:45-7:30 pm * Kelley Gant Quartet
7:30-8:30 pm * Doug Talley Quartet
9:30-11 pm * Panorama
The Young Jazz Masters (YJM) is a tuition-free early jazz preparatory program aimed at serving youth who desire to further their music education and research in the fundamentals of jazz studies. YJM is based out of Kansas City.
Holiday Inn at the Campus
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Saturday, July 14 8:30-9:30 am Varsity Donuts featuring jazz pianist
Sunday, July 15 11 am-1 pm Bluestem Bistro Jazz Brunch featuring 1st Infantry Division Fort Riley Jazz Combo
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Manhattan Arts Center
Willie the Wildcat
The family-friendly area provides entertainment for all ages. This year's area will include the following:
Special thanks to the Jazz Advisory Committee, the K-State Student Union Staff, Union Graphics Office, and to the K-State Swing and Salsa Club.
The Panorama Jazz Band, under the direction of clarinetist Ben Schenck, has been working steadily in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) since 1995.
The Doug Talley Quartet, a "straight-ahead" jazz combo, draws its repertoire from the American popular song (Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, etc.) as well as classic jazz (Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington). The listener will be treated to clever arrangements of familiar melodies, with plenty of improvisation and interaction between the quartet members. Chuck Berg, writing for the Topeka Capitol-Journal wrote of the Doug Talley Quartet's performance at the Topeka Jazz Workshop, "By any measure the concert was a triumph for the Doug Talley Quartet and the infinite capacity of jazz to renew itself and its audience."
As well as jazz (in the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet), this group has brought a New Orleans approach to various genres of folkloric music from around the world - especially Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
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I am a musician from the American South. I was raised half way between Nashville and Raleigh, and was hearing and singing the blues, the church, and coutry music since the 1950s. I'm a bluesman, a singer-songwriter who plays left-handed, backwards slide guitar, harmonica, African thumb piano and various percussion.