Jazz Nightly

Weeknights on SDPB Radio

When a woman asked pianist Fats Waller what jazz was, he replied, “Lady, if you got to ask, you ain’t got it.” Writer Whitney Balliett described jazz is the “sound of surprise.” However you care to define jazz, we’ve got it on SDPB Radio. Every weeknight Jazz Nightly host Karl Gehrke brings you a wide variety of jazz from classics by the great legends to the latest sounds by today’s exciting, young artists. 

Saxophonist Jim Buennig: It's Like This

Apr 12, 2017

Saxophonist Jim Buennig is at the beginning of his career. The Geneseo, Illinois native is finishing up his masters degree in jazz studies at the University of Iowa and has just released his debut album, It's Like This.

Recorded over two days in December in a Lone Tree, Iowa studio converted from a corncrib, the album features eight Buennig originals. Joining the young saxophonist are musician friends he's been playing with in Iowa City: Dan Padley, guitar; Curtis Atchley, piano; Blake Shaw, bass; and Fabio Augustinis, drums. 

Buried Jazz Treasures Released For First Time

Nov 21, 2016

Imagine finding an unknown Shakespeare play or Mark Twain novel. That's how National Jazz Museum in Harlem founding director and senior scholar describes a treasure trove of live jazz recordings made by sound engineer Bill Savory from 1936-1940. Thanks to a partnership between the museum and Apple Music, those recordings are being made available to the public for the first time.

Not everyone who goes to hear guitarist Dave Stryker knows jazz standards so he likes to play familiar pop and r&b songs that people grew up with. Two years ago Stryker released a full album of songs from the late 60s and 70s.

25th Annual JazzFest Lineup Announced

Apr 21, 2016
Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society  has announced the main stage lineup for this summer's 25th annual JazzFest. The free music festival on July 14-16 features local and national acts on two stages at Yankton Trail Park. Guitarist Tab Benoit headlines Thursday night, followed by The Fray on Friday and pianist Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on Saturday.

Jazz Singer Cyrille Aimee Comes To Sioux Falls

Mar 2, 2016

Over the past couple years Cyrille Aimee’s reputation as one of today’s finest jazz singers has been steadily growing. She’s just released a new album, Let’s Get Lost. It’s receiving positive reviews and finds the 31-year-old singer on the brink of major success. Aimee is currently on tour in support of the album and performs at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls Friday evening at 8:00 for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society concert series.