Composer Maria Schneider's "Data Lords"

Feb 18, 2021
Cover Artwork by Aaron Horkey

Since the release of her debut album Evanessence in 1994, Minnesota-born Maria Schneider has established herself as one of the most remarkable and influential composers in jazz. She possesses her own singular voice with an expansive, open composing style that’s an aural expression of the rural southwest Minnesota prairie where she grew up.

Jazz & Blues Goes Virtual

Apr 23, 2020
SF Jazz & Blues

In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 1

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

Last week the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society announced Alexandra Gilbert-Schrag as its new executive director.

Gilbert-Schrag's experience with non-profits includes festival production and event coordination. She previously worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Dakota to be close to family.

Alex joins us to discuss what she will bring to the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.

Creating New Christmas Music With Vintage Swing

Dec 20, 2019

For much of this year, New York City bandleader, arranger, composer, guitarist and singer Glenn Crytzer worked on writing new Christmas music. However, his new music doesn’t sound like it was written in 2019, but in 1940 and earlier. On Underneath the Mistletoe, released just in time for the holidays, Crytzer and his orchestra re-imagine the classic Swing Era sounds created by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford and other legendary bands, but with all new arrangements and songs.

Arts & Lifestyle: Dec 7 - 13

Dec 13, 2019

For the third consecutive year, our SDPB music aficionados have put together lists of songs they think should be on your radar. They're ready to share some of their favorite jazz, indie, country and rock songs from 2019. 

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... December 10, 2019 Show 716 Hour 2

For the third consecutive year, our SDPB music aficionados have put together lists of songs they think should be on your radar. They're ready to share some of their favorite jazz, indie, country and rock songs from 2019.


Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Branford Marsalis Quartet Plays In Sioux Falls

Sep 27, 2019
Ryan Anderson

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis first made his name in 1981 as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers which also featured younger brother Wynton. He then spent a few years in his brother's band before leaving to join Sting’s pop/rock group in 1985. He was Tonight Show bandleader for a couple years after Jay Leno took over as host in 1992.

He continued to perform and record with Sting and further explored music beyond jazz with his hip hop inspired group Buckshot LeFonque. He is also a frequent soloist with classical music ensembles.

In The Moment ... March 20, 2019 Show 539 Hour 2

Over the past few decades, computers have become an integral part of so many aspects of our daily existence.

On Tuesday, March 26, jazz historian and critic Ted Gioia discusses the effect of technology on music over the last 40 years during a noon lecture titled "Computers, Technology and the Crisis in Music."

Gioia is the author of the forthcoming Music: A Subversive History. SDPB Jazz Nightly host Karl Gehrke visits with Gioia for In The Moment.


In The Moment ... January 16, 2019 Show 496 Hour 2

Daniel Kelly is a ultramodern thinker when it comes to his art. Take his concert series All the World's a Song for instance.

The engaging concert brings together the words of Shakespeare and Jazz.

Kelly brings All the World's a Song to the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Friday night at 7:30.

Favorite Songs From 2018

Dec 18, 2018

In The Moment ... December 18, 2018 Show 482 Hour 2

Year's end is a time for lists. SDPB music junkies Karl Gehrke, Steve Zwemke and Lee Strubinger share their lists as they present their favorite songs from 2018.

Karl Gehrke:

Kamasi Washington "Tiffakonkae"; Hatchie "Sure"; JD Allen "Gone With the Wind"; The Beths "You Wouldn't Like Me"; Orquestra Akokan "La Cosa"; Mitski "Nobody"; Neko Case "Bad Luck"; Anna Burch "Tea Soaked Letter"

Steve Zwemke:

Finding Jazz In Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Jun 6, 2018

Although Fred Rogers died in 2003, he’s been getting plenty of attention lately. This year marks the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his long-running children’s public television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  A new film documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, opens at select theaters on Friday.

The Jazz Ambassadors

May 2, 2018
Malcolm Poindexter III / The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

During the Cold War some of the most important musicians in jazz were sent overseas by the U.S. State Department as cultural ambassadors. Beginning in 1956, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman traveled the globe promoting America as a country of freedom and tolerance while back home the nation was struggling with racism and unrest at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Saxophonist Don Braden Shares Wonder Of Jazz

Apr 18, 2018
Will Hauser

One of today's top jazz saxophonists is in Sioux Falls this week. Don Braden has been on the national jazz scene for nearly 35 years. He began his career playing with such legends as vocalist Betty Carter, drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Braden has released 21 CDs. His latest, Earth Wind and Wonder, is a collection of songs by Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.

Dirk Quinn Band

Feb 16, 2018

Capitalizing on over a decade of steady touring Dirk Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style that appeals to fans ranging from jam band groupies to jazz aficionados.  The Dirk Quinn Band's high energy funk/jazz that mixes influences from the jazz greats to the sounds of Bela Fleck and John Scofield sets the table for rhythmic experimentation with a modern edge.

The Dirk Quinn Band performed "Live at the Dahl" in Rapid City on September 15, 2017.

William P. Gottlieb / Library of Congress

In The Moment ... January 25, 2018 Show 263 Hour 2

SDPB's Karl Gerhke is the host of Jazz Nightly. But he's also been bringing you the swinging sounds of the Big Band Era every week on Big Band Spotlight for 25 years.

This week, tune in the SDPB Radio for the first of a two-part 25th Anniversary Big Band Spotlight.
Sunday nights at 9 CST, 8 MT.

In The Moment ... Chasing Trane

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 2

John Coltrane is one of the most important figures in jazz history.  The saxophonist first gained fame as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.  He spent the next decade challenging himself and pushing the boundaries of music before his death in 1967.

The writer and director of Chasing Trane joined Karl Gehrke, host of SDPB Radio's Jazz Nightly to discuss the film which airs Monday, November 6 at 9:30 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  It kicks off a new season of the PBS Series Independent Lens.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Nov 3, 2017

John Coltrane is one of the most important and iconic figures in jazz history. The saxophonist first gained fame as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet and spent the next decade before his death in 1967 challenging himself and pushing the boundaries of music. Coltrane is the subject of the film documentary Chasing Trane. It airs Monday evening on SDPB-TV at 9:30, CT; 8:30, MT. It kicks off a new season of the PBS series Independent Lens.

Alex Massa: From South Dakota To New Orleans

Jul 27, 2017

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.

The Office of U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

In The Moment ... July 27, 2017 Show 143 Hour 2

Senator John Thune told the Washington Post that Republicans are "edging closer and closer" to getting 50 votes for a bare-bones plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As debate continues in the Senate, today we hear from Senator Mike Rounds. We spoke with Senator Rounds yesterday afternoon, when he previewed the procedural challenges of the current debate and laid out his predictions for today.


In The Moment ... June 15, 2017 Show 115 Hour 2

June is Black Music Month, largely because of the advocacy of Dyana Williams. She wrote legislation and lobbied for Black Music Month’s official Congressional delegation. Williams is a music industry pioneer, host of the radio program Soulful Sunday in Philadelphia. She's also a writer and a media consultant for celebrities and artists. She joins us to honor the cultural, political, and economic impact of one of America’s most dynamic artistic offerings.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 12, 2017 Show 092 Hour 1

Today for Moment in Sound, we welcome Harland Allen and Kim Bachman otherwise known as Aces and Eights. They kick off the "Black Hills Opry" classic country theater at the Homestake Opera House this  month in Lead.

Exploring The Music Of Billie Holiday

May 10, 2017

It's impossible to overstate the importance of Billie Holiday. Although her voice was small and raspy, she interpreted songs from Tin Pan Alley with a rhythmic and melodic inventiveness that transformed the tunes into highly personal expressions.

She made her first recordings at the age of 18 in 1933 and her last in 1959 shortly before her death. In between those years she changed the art of jazz and pop singing. She influenced everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to contemporary singers Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... May 8, 2017 Show 088 Hour 1

We're joined by members of the JAS Quintet. Today they bring you a taste of the fourth offering in the Jazz Curators series. "Lady Day" explores the life and music of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Shows are this weekend, May 12 and 13 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. 

Dry Jack Reunites In Rapid City

Apr 27, 2017

The band Dry Jack was part of the jazz-rock fusion scene of the 1970s and early 80s. The group was formed in 1973 by keyboardist Chuck Lamb and his bassist brother Rich. Drummer Jon Margolis joined a year later and guitarist Rod Fleeman in 1977. The quartet recorded two albums for Inner City Records, Magical Elements and Whale City, before breaking up in 1982.


In The Moment ... February 8, 2017 Show 026 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader watchdog/government reporter, and Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal Enterprise Reporter weigh in on this week in politics.

Mads Tolling: Playing The 60s

Feb 7, 2017

Mads Tolling is one of the top violinists in jazz. He's the 2016 winner of DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award for the violin. He played with both the Turtle Island String Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke's band before forming his own groups. His latest band, Mads Tolling and the Mads Men, has just released the album Playing the 60s. It's a collection of jazz arrangements of American popular music from the 1960s, including theme songs from television shows like Hawaii 5-0 and The Flintstones.

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.

In The Moment ... January 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, Senate Bill 55; Karl Jegeris, Rapid City chief of police, talks 2016 crime statistics; SDPB's Karl Gehrke, talks about first jazz recording on record; Richard Carlson, photographer, images of the past

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.

Brooklyn Jazz Trumpeter Plays In Brookings

Oct 5, 2016
Edenhill Photography

Pablo Masis was studying to be an orchestral musician when he heard jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton playing in Chicago. The experience changed his life. He switched musical direction and dedicated himself to jazz. He moved to New Orleans where he studied with Terence Blanchard and received a master's degree in jazz studies. He spent some time playing in Omaha where he recorded his first album in 2008. The next year he moved to New York City.