All That Jazz

Wichita's hottest ticket features an evening of cool jazz

Written by Julie Schillings | Photography by Visual Fusion Photographics

Longtime friends Alveno McPhaul and Dean Harris have been known to collaborate on community projects and business opportunities from time to time, and their most recent partnership will draw music lovers from across the region.

McPhaul is a multifaceted man — a published author, foster father and an active community advocate. In his role as DJ, he can be heard on Thursday afternoons and Sunday evenings during “The Funk Factory” program on Wichita’s new community radio station, KSUN 95.9. McPhaul called on his friend Harris, who grew up playing the saxophone and has a unique taste for smooth music, to join him in planning a festival that would unite the community as they raised money for the nonprofit radio station and to provide Wichita area students with school supplies.

All That Jazz Music and Eats is a one-of-a-kind music festival taking place at an equally unique setting on the grounds of the Riordan Clinic on June 25. Known as a local landmark, the setting is breathtaking with views of the geodesic domes, pyramid and ponds.

“We selected the Riordan Clinic because the landscape is so soothing,” said McPhaul. “The intent of the wellness center is very nurturing, and their mission aligns with ours — to connect and help the community.”

The music begins at 6:00 p.m. and the soothing sounds of jazz will continue until midnight. Nationally renowned performers will take the stage along with regional and local artists.

Fingerprints, national recording artists from Dallas, are headlining the festival. The quartet has released 5 CD’s and will perform their unique style of smooth jazz. Other artists include local favorites including: Nathan Williams Quartet, Michael Engdahl, Rudy Love, Jr. Combo, Corey Rolfe Trio and funny-man Ke’Juan Moses.

Reserve VIP seating for the best views and custom service. Guests are encouraged to patronize the local food vendors, cigar bar and cash bar during the festival. No outside food or beverages will be permitted. Bring your lawn chairs or spread out on a picnic blanket under the stars.

All That Jazz Music & Eats is a party with a purpose

Wichita’s only true community radio station, KSUN took to the airwaves on August 1, 2015. Located in the lower level of the Sunflower Community Action Center, KSUN represents the voice of the community.

Station manager John Klappernich explained, “In regular radio the message goes out one way, but in community radio we give direct access to people who want to make our community a better place.” The station gives Sunflower’s effort a voice in addition to more than 200 non-profit organizations in Wichita. Klappernich said that the station is available for educational programs, public service announcements and other local programing.

As a nonprofit, KSUN was built on a meager budget and the generosity of volunteers, but the studio boasts state-of-the art equipment thanks to a savvy eBay purchase and a lot of ingenuity. A portion of the funds raised at the festival will go toward boosting the station’s signal.

Sunflower Community Action Center makes a concerted effort to reach the underserved members of the Wichita community in many ways. The local school budget crisis will significantly impact families said McPhaul, “Our goal is to provide school supplies to 10,000 children in our community.”

“It’s not about what we have, but what we give,” McPhaul said, “The jazz festival is an opportunity for locals to give back.”

Event information

All That Jazz Music & Eats

June 25
6:00 p.m. to midnight
Riordan Clinic
3100 N. Hillside
General admission $20
VIP admission $35
Purchase advance tickets at:
Heads of State Barber Shop
PNP Seed & Bait
allthatjazzfestival.com
Ages 21+ welcome

Featured performers

Fingerprints

Returning to Wichita as the festival’s headliner is the popular quartet from Dallas. Known as “one of the best kept music secrets in the south,” the Fingerprints unique sound is soothing with a taste of modern and old school R&B.

Nathan Williams Quartet

Prominent up-and-coming trumpeter, Williams is making a stop in Wichita with his quartet before they begin their European tour.

Michael Engdahl

Performing with his trio, Engdahl is well known in the local jazz community for his versatility as a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger.

Rudy Love, Jr.

Love honors his Wichita roots as he performs the festival with his trio.

Corey Rolfe

An accomplished percussionist, Rolfe will perform with his talented trio.

Ke’Juan Moses

Recently voted as “Wichita’s funniest comedian,” entertains audiences across the nation.

 
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