Jazz Books & Jam

KMUW, Wichita Jazz Festival & Watermark Books Present Jazz Books & Jam

KMUW – FM 89.1 Wichita joins the Wichita Jazz Festival and Watermark Books & Café for a special Wichita Jazz Festival event Saturday April 16 at 2pm. Chris Heim, host of KMUW’s nightly jazz show, Night Train, will discuss the best of newly published books about jazz, followed by a performance from the WJF Sessions band, an all-star group of top high school jazz musicians from the Wichita area. Night Train airs Monday through Thursday from 10pm to midnight.

Last year, the Wichita Jazz Festival began the Sessions program to offer a select group of talented music students the opportunity to study with top area jazz instructors in an eight-week class at the Air House Music Academy. The program culminates in special performances by the band during the Wichita Jazz Festival, which runs April 10-16.

Instructors are William Flynn, guitar professor at Wichita State University; and local jazz musicians and educators Bill Harshbarger and Gray Bishop.

The student musicians for this year’s WJF Sessions band are:
Nolan Monier- alto sax, Wichita East High School
Jon Kohl – tenor sax, Maize High School
Briley Lewis – trombone piano, Maize High School
Brady Volkman – guitar, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Jules White – bass, Wichita Collegiate School
Vaughn Craddock – drums, Wichita Collegiate School

When: Saturday, April 16 at 2pm
Where: Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E Douglas
Cost: Free

Night Train airs Mon-Thurs, 10pm-midnight. Find out more about Night Train and listen to KMUW music shows live or through our streaming archive players at kmuw.org.