Jazz Nightly

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.

Dave Brubeck: Time Outtakes

Dec 18, 2020

The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out is a rarity. It’s an adventurous, experimental, instrumental jazz album that was also a popular success. Recorded over four sessions in the summer of 1959, the album explored unusual time signatures and produced the unlikely hit, “Take Five.” According to Billboard magazine, Time Out was the first jazz album to sell a million copies. It’s been a steady seller through the years and has since gone double platinum. 

Jazz Trumpeter Alex Massa Releases New Music

Apr 19, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic closing nightclubs, bars and concert venues, musicians don’t have any place to play live. But that hasn’t stopped them from creating and releasing new music. Chicago jazz trumpeter and Rapid City native Alex Massa has just released Plays Well With Others: Adventure #1 and another album, Water Music, is ready to go. He also plans to release more new music in the months ahead.

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.

Latin Grammy Nominee Sings In Sioux Falls

Nov 14, 2019

Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña is in Las Vegas this week for the Latin Grammy Awards. Her latest release, Turning Pages, is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album. Following the award ceremonies, she travels to Sioux Falls where she’ll perform music from Turning Pages at the Orpheum Theatre Friday evening. The performance is part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues concert season. 

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 ... April 26, 2019 Show 563 Hour 1

Some of South Dakota's finest young musicians are at Brandon Valley High School this week for All-State Jazz Band. One of the three clinicians working with the All-State students is trumpeter Doug Woolverton.

A graduate of Northern State University, Woolverton was a member of the band Roomful of Blues for nearly a decade. He currently plays trumpet with Victor Wainwright and the Train and the Chicago tribute band Beginnings.

Woolverton discusses his life in music with Jazz Nightly host Karl Gehrke.

Veteran Vocalist Marilyn Scott Sings In Sioux Falls

Sep 12, 2018

California-based vocalist Marilyn Scott has been making records for more than four decades. They all showcase her smooth, bluesy voice in a variety of jazz interpretations of the great standards, contemporary songs and originals. Throughout her career she's frequently collaborated with keyboardist Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets and they're the guiding lights behind her most recent album, Standard Blue.   

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.

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.

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.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 28, 2017 Show 082 Hour 1

Singer/songwriter Maddie Todd joins Moment in Sound today. She recently entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Paradox" and was selected as a South Dakota fan favorite. She's a student at Augustana University, studying religion and sociology.

Two Eisenhower Fellows are traveling the country with a stop in South Dakota. The Fellowship is an exchange program for international leaders. Anita Ahmad from Malaysia and Chevaan Daniel from Sri Lanka spoke with SDPB's Chynna Lockett about their travels.