In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 1
While the coronavirus pandemic has shut down nightclubs, bars, and concert venues, musicians still have the desire to work and perform. And audiences still want to hear live music. To help satisfy the needs of both, the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society has launched a weekly virtual concert series. On Thursday evenings local musicians present a live stream performance via the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's Facebook page. Alex Gilbert-Schrag is the organization's executive director. She and Sioux Falls trumpeter Jim Speirs spoke with SDPB Jazz Nightly host Karl Gehrke about the virtual Jazz-A-Thon and how local musicians are coping with not being able to get out and play their music. Gilbert-Schrag says she got the idea for the weekly series after the success of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's live-streamed Jazz-A-Thon last month.