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.
2018-19 Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Series
Marilyn Scott and the West Coast All-Stars—feat Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip
September 14, 2018 | 8 p.m.
West coast based singer Marilyn Scott has been in the music business since the 1970’s. Although she has remained primarily a west coast phenomenon, her contemporary jazz vocal style has gained her fans throughout the continent.
Scott was recently shared, “So many moments of music has led me to today. I appreciate those roots that hold me now and spread them out to connect the pieces to what will be new. How to grow and embrace all these styles and present them in Jazz music, is the future.”
Having sung background vocals for Tower of Power, John Mayal, Paul Davis and Marilyn Scott been lucky enough to have been produced by Michael Sembello, Bobby Womack, Bob James, George Duke and others who helped her find her voice. Guided by the Yellowjackets’s Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip, she has recently written and produced various songs that have defined my ability.
The All-star band joining Scott, include jazz superstars Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip.
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
October 19, 2018 | 8 p.m.
It’s one thing to be popular enough to be invited to the White House or to be inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, but to be recorded by the United State Library of Congress to celebrate the Cajun music of Louisiana to preserve the art form for generations to come, that’s pretty cool.
Beausoleil is now entering its fourth decade and it continues to be the music that makes you smile, tap your foot and make you wish you had a table of crawfish and sausage to devour as you listen to the music from French and Spanish settlers, who moved to Louisiana centuries ago.
Fiddle player, singer and founder of Beausoleil, Michael Doucet says, “There really can’t be any imposed parameters on this music,” you need to do what you want to do and what we gain from our audiences is at least as much as whatever we give to them.” Doucet opines, “It’s all about touching people and being touched by people. My two favorite venues are festivals and somebody’s kitchen!”
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is a band of seasoned virtuosos firmly adhering to their Cajun folk roots, most often acoustically expressed, but can also include jazz-like experimentation and improvisation. Get ready to take a musical trip to the Big Easy for this one.
Katy Guillen & The Girls
November 2, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Blues rockers Katy Guillen & The Girls are fast becoming a musical force. An all-female musical trio that has shaped a musical identity rooted in the blues, taking cues from the timeless guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix to the visionary songwriting of Patty Griffin and the indie rock revivalist sound of Heartless Bastards.
Katy Guillen & The Girls have amassed a substantial following across the country for the vivacious brand of roots rock. In addition to being one of Kansas City’s most distinguished acts, they have performed at some of the most high-profile events in the U.S. and Canada.
Blues Blast Magazine said of the band, “There is so much enjoyment had here for the open-minded music lover. All three band members deliver the good to propel the music along… the lyrics, production and arrangements were obviously well thought out… Rock energy and musical nuance are everywhere to be found. These girls are going places… good places.”
An Evening with Jane Moneit
February 8, 2019 | 8 p.m.
Jane Monheit burst onto the jazz scene in the late 1990’s and has never looked back! At the young age of 20, Jane became first runner-up in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute’s vocal competition and soon after she had released her first album. A true jazz singer, Jane’s voice sounds smooth and delicate at times, but earthy and busting at others.
Jane Monheit was raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island’s South Shore and still makes New York her home with husband and drummer Rick Montalbano. Her latest album is a tribute to songs of Ella Fitzgerald and her repertoire is steeped in the Great American Songbook. Jane has followed the careers of many of the great singers of the last 100 years.
When she talks about her influences she names some of those legends, “Certainly Ella (Fitzgerald), certainly Judy (Garland)—those are the two major, major ones. Probably Sarah (Vaughan) as well. Maybe Bernadette (Peters) too, because I do tend to sing with my heart on my sleeve, and I learned a lot of that listening to her.”
You can hear some of the greatest songs written when Jane takes the stage. And she’s just a step away from being a legend too.
Benny Weinbeck Trio
March 1, 2019 | 8 p.m.
Benny Weinbeck is a pianist. Benny is a composer and arranger… and a skilled jazz pianist. As a successful producer and performer, Benny and his trio has created several albums of original compositions and jazz standards. Benny’s travels around the globe have taken him on many adventures as well as unforgettable musical experiences.
“I love jazz and I consider myself a jazz pianist or a jazz musician, but I almost consider myself a composer more,” Weinbeck said during a recent interview. He is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is currently working on several recording projects and independent films.
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