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Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues
Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is the only organization in the region to feature America’s indigenous music—jazz and blues—in concerts, the annual JazzFest, and educational programs and concerts. For more information, please visit www.sfjb.org
2015-2016 Subscriber Information
$196 Level A seating
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$168 Pick 4 Individual Level A seating
2015-2016 Concert Series
*Performances held at the Orpheum Theater.
October 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Audiences can always expect spontaneity and heart from a Mingo set, where the band intermingles fresh takes on songs from their extensive catalog with their twist on a few select soul standards. Mingo’s fourth full-length record, On Time blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N’awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. “My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown,” says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo’s musical landscape. “There was a time early on when we were really into these crazy, bombastic arrangements,” he explains. “Now it’s more the song, the groove and the overall feel.”
What started as a casual jam session with friends blossomed over time into an impressive eight-piece ensemble that evoked fond memories of listening to soul music as a kid. While the band’s name comes from a crossroads just outside of Denton, TX, Mingo has long since extended its reach onto the national music scene, sharing stages with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Parliament, Sting, Little Feat, Earth, Wind & Fire, Robert Randolph, Galactic, and MOFRO.
November 20, 2015 8:00 p.m.
For John Németh, Boise, Idaho is where his love for soul music began. It was the starting point for a journey that’s taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone.
On the harmonica, Németh began building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Németh’s first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.
After opening a show for Junior Watson, Németh was tapped as tour opener for the guitar great, a gig that took him across the United States, to Scandinavia, and into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, Come And Get It, featuring Watson.
Memphis Grease, the long-awaited follow up to Németh’s fourth solo studio release, embodies everything that sets this artist apart from the revivalist pack: it’s innovative and unique while epitomizing the absolute best of the genre. It’s a deeply forged combination of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul ala the Box Tops or Roy Head. For Németh, Memphis Grease is a natural concept that marries the techniques he honed in the Bay with the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys. Together, Németh and the Bo-Keys take modern soul from a simmer to a full boil.
The Jennifer Keith Quintet
January 22, 2016 8:00 p.m.
Vocalist & Las Vegas headliner Jennifer Keith is an American Classic and a descendent of a long line of entertainers that began with her Great-Great Grandfather B.F. Keith, the “K” in RKO Pictures, one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her fabulous quintet is led by Mando Dorame, tenor saxophonist and Co-founder of world renowned Royal Crown Revue; a band who is credited for reviving the swing movement in the 1990’s.
Some of The Quintetʼs performances have included The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where she currently headlines at The Chandelier, The Queen Mary, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood & Highland center, Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Hilton Casino in Las Vegas, The Wynn casino in Las Vegas, Sydney Town Hall, the UKʼs 100 club, BB KIngs in NYC, Cicada Club in Los Angeles, The Edison in Los Angeles, Cerritos performing Arts center, The Broadmoore in Colorado Springs, and Santa Monica Pier. Jennifer Keith also traveled to Egypt as a guest of the US State Department to perform at the Cairo Jazz Festival. Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and transported back to a timeless era of entertainment!
March 4, 2016 8:00 p.m.
Cyrille Aimée (Sur-real M-A) is a French Dominican vocalist and actress. Winner of the Montreux JazzFestival’s Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and finalist in theThelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Aimée is—in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall StreetJournal—”one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.” In the same Wall Street Journal feature (which included vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant), Friedwald declared both to be “astonishing creative singers, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.”
Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother. Her introduction to jazz was the result of the fortuitous location of her upbringing, the village Samois-sur-Seine— the same place where legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt had lived.
In recent years Aimée has toured in many different contexts and has created several self-produced recordings, including duet projects with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Aimée’s major label release, It’s a Good Day, features originals as well as covers of classics, the band is the result of Aimee’s unique musical vision: bass, drums and three guitars (Brazilian, gypsy and jazz). Aimée’s hybrid of influences has resulted in a sound that’s at once both fresh and enlivening, which is to say nothing of her singular voice—destined to enthrall audiences for decades to come.
April 15, 2016 8:00 p.m.
Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such asGarrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Companion”, in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’.
Davis a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.
Davis’ creative roots run deep. Though raised in the New York City area, he grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and especially his grandparents, and they made their way into his own stories and songs. Davis taught himself the guitar (never having the patience to take formal lessons) and learned by listening to and watching other musicians.
Most recently, Davis had the honor of appearing in the PBS special on Jazz and Blues artist, the late Howard Armstrong. He was an honored guest at the Kennedy Center Awards, in which his folks received their medals, alongside other recipients like Warren Beatty, Elton John and composer John Williams from the President of the United States.