Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... July 14, 2017 Show 134 Hour 1

Matthew Curry plays JazzFest tonight in Sioux Falls. You can see him on the Main Stage at around 8:30. He's opening for Robert Cray. He's also opened for the Steve Miller Band, the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. He joins us with band mate Mike Nellas for this week’s Moment in Sound.

As the South Dakota Hall of Fame inducts the class of 2017 this September, we welcome the inductees on In the Moment. Today we welcome Thomas Shortbull, president of Oglala Lakota College.

Blind Boy Paxton

Jun 15, 2017

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton draws from blues and jazz music before World War II.  Influenced by Fats Waller and "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Paxton's talent for playing the piano, violin, banjo, guitar and other instruments sets him apart.

Paxton lost all of his eyesight by the age of 16.  Now in his 20s, he relates to his audience with wisdom far beyond his age.  His smile brings his audience even closer.

Joseph A Rosen

In The Moment ... May 22, 2017 Show 098 Hour 2

When Shemekia Copeland was eight years old, her father pulled her onstage at the Cotton Club in Harlem to sing. Her latest album, "Outskirts of Love,” was nominated for a Grammy Award. You can see her this Thursday night at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls, as the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society brings the award-winning blues vocalist to town. She joins In the Moment to talk about giving voice to a new era of blues in America.

The Steepwater Band / Erik Koskinen

May 19, 2017
The Steepwater Band

A pair of sets from last summer's festivals take center stage on this week's program.  The Steepwater Band made their way to JazzFest from Chicago to play their blues/rock.  Their sixth studio album, Shake Your Faith, is their most collaborative effort to date.  It was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus) and had ample input from all four band members.  Since forming in 1998, The Steepwater Band has released a combined 13 studio and live albums and DVDs.

Frank Fairfield & Meredith Axelrod

May 12, 2017
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Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod take listeners to a time before the microphone.  Fairfield hails from California's San Joaquin Valley.  He plays the fiddle, guitar and banjo, and his old timey vocals flow with culture and nostalgia.

Alicia Olatuja

Mar 27, 2017

Praised by the New York Times as "a singer with strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage," Alicia Olatuja has been captivating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and charming demeanor. 

V The Noble One And Knights Tempo

Mar 27, 2017
V the Noble One

V the Noble One (Vaney Hariri) is recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop - at least in the Upper Midwest.  It was a scene the mostly didn't exist when V the Noble One moved to Sioux Falls from Buffalo, New York, some 20 years ago. 

Over the years, he has produced his own shows, sometimes losing a few dollars, in order to grow the local hip-hop movement.  He's now working on a follow-up to his third album, Pray for Reign, which was released in 2014.

Tab Benoit

Mar 27, 2017
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Tab Benoit loves Sioux Falls and JazzFest fans love him back.  Benoit was tabbed to headline the opening night of JazzFest 2016 at Yankton Trail Park.  The blues guitarist and vocalist was a hit as the 25th JazzFest got underway.

Benoit is a Grammy Award winner and a BB King Entertainer of the Year.  He also owns two Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Male Performer of the Year (2012 & 2013).

Morrisa Maltz

In The Moment ... March 21, 2017 Show 054 Hour 2

Prior to the 92nd session of the South Dakota legislature, we welcomed South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson for a preview. Now, as the session comes to a close, we welcome him back to the program for a recap. We talk about HB1183 and mental health legislation set to change the way citizens with mental health issues interact with the criminal justice system.

Brian Masek & Friends / JazzFest 2016

Jan 31, 2017

Brian Masek & Friends celebrated the release of their 2016 CD, Fourth Coming, by performing on the main stage during the 25th JazzFest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Brian Masek & Friends make brilliant, sharp turns from blues to jazz to hard rock and back.

Coco Montoya

Nov 11, 2016
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Like his inspiration Albert King, blues great Coco Montoya is a left-handed guitar player who plays with a right-handed neck.

Lincoln Durham / Andrew Billion

Nov 4, 2016
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Born and raised in Texas, Lincoln Durham started playing fiddle at the age of four. Nirvana inspired him to switch to electric guitar while he was in high school. Durham would later switch to acoustic guitar and working on his slide guitar style. He developed his one-man band neo-country blues sound with his cigar box guitar, mandolin, blues harps, stomp boards and whatever else he could manage to play. Durham's latest album, Revelations of a Mind Unraveling, was released in March.

The Claudettes

Oct 3, 2016
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The Claudettes mix Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville, and the sultriness of '60's pop-soul to write a new chapter in American roots music. The band loves to push the boundaries, and Johnny Iguana's piano is the antagonist.

The Claudettes also include Sioux Falls native Zach Verdoorn on bass and vocals, Berit Ulseth on vocals and Matt Torre on drums.

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JazzFest is happening this week and Dakota Midday is joined by members of the band Brian Masek and Friends. Bassist Brian Masek and guitarist Jesse Christen are from Sioux Falls musicians who are using JazzFest as their CD release party.

Lori Walsh samples some of their work and talks with them about the band's inspiration and sound. The band will play on the main stage Thursday at 6:00 pm and the second stage Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Hadden Sayers

Jul 8, 2016
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With JazzFest in the offing (July 14-16), why not hear a main stage performance from last year's event featuring Hadden Sayers?  Sayers' road show was still chugging along on the strength of his 2013 release, Rolling Soul, when he appeared at Yankton Trail Park.  Fans love his Texas-style blues wherever he goes.  Maybe that's because Sayers tries to be as musically interesting as possible even though his style of music is based in tradition.

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.

Slim Man

Apr 1, 2016
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Renaissance man Slim Man is a classically trained musician, composer, recording artist, writer of screenplays, television and radio personality, author and touring recording artist.  Did I miss anything?  He has sang for Pope John Paul II and written and recorded for Motown Records.  His 80's band BootCamp was one of the first to be featured on MTV.  His instrumental group Bona Fide has released four albums and received the Best New Artist Award at the 2001 Smooth Jazz Awards.  Slim Man seems to be getting the most out of life and he shared a small piece

Main Avenue Warehouse

Mar 10, 2016
Main Avenue Warehouse

Main Avenue Warehouse is an ensemble made up of some of South Dakota's finest musicians.  Their music is reminiscent of Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Parliament and the Average White Band.  Their roster reads like a Who's Who of the area's music scene.  Chris Miller performs on guitar and vocals.  Christina Bulatao joins him in harmonies and also steps to the forefront on lead vocals.  Andrew Reinartz, Alex Olsen and Mike Hart bring versatility on the bass, keyboards and drums respectively while the Main Avenue Wareho

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.

Marcia Ball

Feb 26, 2016
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Marcia Ball's mantel is getting to be cluttered, but she doesn't mind.  As a pianist, Ball has been honored with six Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Awards and four Living Blues Awards for Outstanding Musician.  There are many other awards and nominations too numerous to mention.  Plus, Ball has been inducted into the Gulf Coast Music and Louisiana Music Halls of Fame.  Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Ball's piano style includes elements of zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues and boogie woogie.  Her chief inspiration is New Orleans vocalist Irma

The Record Company

Jan 29, 2016
The Record Company

Chris Vos missed his circle of music mates after moving from Wisconsin to Los Angeles.  So he formed a new circle of music lovers which became the three piece rock 'n roll band, The Record Company.  On the strength of just two EP's, The Record Company has already played at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Napa Valley's Bottlerock, Ottawa Folkfest, the Quebec City International Summer Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.  Signed to Concord Records, The Record Company celebrates the release of their first full length CD, "Give it Back to You," on February 12. 

Vocalist Jennifer Keith talks about how classic American has become part of our collective DNA, why older songs are often her favorites, and why she's a sucker for a good melody.

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society presents the Jennifer Keith Quintet at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, January 22 at 8 p.m. CT.

John Nemeth

Dec 18, 2015
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Born in 1975, John Nemeth has become a decorated electric blues and soul harmonica player, singer and songwriter.  East Bay Blues says, "Nemeth is with little doubt the most accomplished male vocalist of his generation traveling the blues highway today."  His career has taken him on the road with guitar great Junior Watson along with fronting his own band.  Nemeth's most recent release, "Memphis Grease," embodies the sould scene that he fell into during his time in the Bay Area and the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys.  The Bo-Keys, earlier in their careers, performed wi

Tweed Funk

Dec 4, 2015
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Formed in Milwaukee in 2010, the six-piece soul and blues revue known as Tweed Funk plays a funked up, sexy live show that leaves fans screaming for more.  Tweed Funk is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70s.  As a member of Tweed Funk, Holman was honored as the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry's Male Vocalist of the Year.  As a band, Tweek Funk has captured WAMI Awards for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.  With seven originals and four covers, "First Name Lucky" became Tweed Funk's thi

Brian Masek

Brian Masek is back at Sioux Falls JazzFest this year. His band, Brian Masek and Friends, performs Friday evening on the main stage.

The group plays an energetic and often danceable style of jazz that also combines elements of rock, blues and funk. Masek played in rock bands like Ivory, Closet Monster, Leghorn and the Toby Kane Band before becoming intrigued with the improvisational aspects of jazz. 

Jennifer Keith Quintet

May 1, 2015
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The Jennifer Keith Quintet brings the golden age of lounge entertainment to life.  Though they're from Los Angeles, the Jennifer Keith Quintet perform the songs that put Las Vegas entertainment on the map.  They have regular gigs at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where vocalist Jennifer Keith shines in her throwback role.  Her quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Mando Dorame who is also the co-founder of the world renowned Royal Crown Revue.  As a matter of fact, the Jennifer Keith Quintet began as a side project of the Revue.  World class musicians

Trampled Under Foot - 2014

Apr 9, 2015

When Trampled Under Foot played the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last November it was already known that it would be one of the band's final shows together.  Siblings Danielle, Nick and Kris Schnebelen had performed as Trampled Under Foot for about a dozen years when drummer Kris announced he was leaving the band.  Bassist Danielle and guitarist Nick soldiered on and added veteran Kansas City musician Jan Faircloth on drums.  The addition of keyboardist Mike "Shinetop, Jr." Sedovic turned the band into a four-piece.  Faircloth and Sedovic helped Trampled

Kathy Kosins grew up in Detroit during the golden era of Motown. Her father owned a high-end clothing store and outfitted Motown stars such as Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. She grew up listening to soul and rhythm and blues, but didn't start singing until she was 20. 

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

Mar 20, 2015

"Don't let the geography fool you: the Midwest can be soulful too."  That's what Emilia Fredlick of Paste Magazine said in reference to Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers - a six piece, nine member project straight from the legendary Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Fredlick went on to praise Hoyer's ear for how to get all of the group's instruments to flow together with his powerful voice. 

Aubrey Edwards

Nikki Hill is from North Carolina where she grew up singing every Sunday in her church choir. She was a punk rocker in high school. Today she mixes gospel, soul, rockabilly, rock and a little bit of punk to create her own explosive style of roots music.

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