Trumpeter Alex Massa was born and raised in the Black Hills, but for nearly five years New Orleans has been his home. He's lived in the Crescent City since early 2013 and his mission has been to learn as much as he can about the music, culture, food and people.
Along with playing in his own bands, Massa has performed with Galactic, the Treme Brass Band, Trumpet Mafia, percussionist Bill Summers, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys and many others.
Massa is back in South Dakota for a few days. He's playing the opening set during Jazz Night at the Pavilion in Sioux Falls this evening. Music begins at 7:30.
Massa joined Jazz Nightly and discussed his background in South Dakota and life as a musician in New Orleans.