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2013-2014 Sioux Falls Jazz And Blues Concert Series

May 22, 2013, 11:41 PM

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The 2013-2014 Concert Series has been announced by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues. 

Five shows will be presented with a wide range of style and diversity.

The Series begins on October 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. with Sena Ehrhardt at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater.
Roots music label Blind Pig Records has signed Minneapolis area vocalist Sena Ehrhardt, one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. Ehrhardt was born and raised in a house of blues. Through years of playing music in clubs and juke joints, her guitarist father, Ed Ehrhardt, laid the groundwork for a love of blues that eventually lead to the formation of the Sena Ehrhardt Band. Sena has taken those influences and several years of experience to forge her own personal and intelligent take on the blues.

In 2012 she was featured on the main stage at the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest. Fans have been asking for her to return ever since. Though her band’s repertoire includes a wide range of blues, soul and funk cover tunes, Sena chose to record ten original compositions that she co-wrote with her father for Leave The Light On. Her songs are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful. Her band –Ed Ehrhardt on guitar, bassist Steve Hansen and drummer Tim Hasler –performs flawlessly throughout, matching Sena’s drive and intensity.

LaVerne Butler performs on November 22, 2013 at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater at 8 p.m.

LaVerne Butler is a superb but underexposed New York City jazz singer whose main influences include Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan.

Butler is originally from Shreveport, LA, where she grew up listening to jazz and R&B extensively with a lot of encouragement from her father, saxophonist Scott Butler.

After leaving Shreveport, she moved to New Orleans, where she studied music at the University of New Orleans and become a fixture in the city's Dixieland and bebop venues. Butler worked with such distinguished locals as Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler (no relation), and James Black before deciding to move to the New York area in 1984. Butler studied with Jon Hendricksafter arriving in New York and later earned her living as an English teacher while tackling the Manhattan club world
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Since her move to New York in 1984, LaVerne has toured Europe and Asia many times as a featured vocalist for various festivals and club dates including France, Denmark, Finland, England and Japan. With each musical experience, LaVerne began to shape and mold her own personal style. Her latest CD release Love Lost and Found Again has gained critical acclaim in 2013.

On January 24, 2014, at 8 p.m. Dotsero comes to the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater.

Dotsero lives up to its "something unique" definition, bringing style, energy, charisma, humor and most importantly spontaneity to each live performance. "When people come to hear Dotsero play, they are not just interested in hearing the music, they want to see the music through performance and feel something as well. Our goal is for our shows to be a total sensory experience," says Stephen Watts, the band's sax player.

"The best thing is that anything can happen at one of our performances."

Virtually all Dotsero recordings have enjoyed notable national charting success. Jubilee CD hitting #1 for 5 consecutive weeks and #3 for an entire year early in their career. Dotsero's other releases have all charted top 10 to top 20 with their latest studio album being named Best of 2004 Critics Choice JAZZIZ Magazine.

Dotsero has been a JazzFest favorite twice — in 2005 and again in 2010. Smooth jazz fans love these guys.

The band has performed with a number of leading jazz acts over the years including Spyro Gyra, the Yellowjackets, Chaka Kahn, Earl Klugh, Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Sample, Dave Grusin, Richard Elliott, Nancy Wilson, David Sanborn, the Rippingtons, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, David Benoit and Jeff Lorber.
Whether at home in Colorado or on the road the world over, Dotsero takes pride in making its live show something people will remember.

Soul of John Black performs at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater on March 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Soul Of John Black is the nom de musique of John Bigham, whose impressive resume includes a stint as percussionist with the Miles Davis band, eight years of guitar
and keyboard work with the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone, and touring and session work with Dr. Dré, Eminem, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast, just to name a few.

The arrangements on the recording Black John blend blues, folk, funk, rock, country, classic soul, Gospel and world music, but Bigham doesn't spend a lot of time planning out his line of attack.

"I have my own style, but I have no preconceived notions about what a song's going to sound like. I get it down by feel and instinct, just doing what comes naturally. It's the same approach I've taken to my entire career, and my life, for that matter."

Bigham's album, The Good Girl Blues, was nominated for Best New Artist Debut from the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in 2008. It was hailed for the emotional power of its stark musical vision, a journey back to the primal roots of the blues. On Black John, Bigham lightens up with songs that are funkier, more soulful and more groove oriented. The music still has its wicked moments, but there's a ray of sunshine shining through, even on the album's darkest tracks. Bigham brings the same laid back, but focused approach to his live gigs, be they solo with guitar and voice, guitar-bass-drum trio outings or full band jams.

"I always keep my mind open to fresh ideas," he says.

Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues and Augustana College present Mark O'Connor with the
Augustana Orchestra on April 4, 2014, 8 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater

“The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues partnerships with Augustana College go back to 2001, when we began holding our scholarship concerts and All City Jazz Ensemble concerts on campus. When we were approached to visit about a concert with the Augustana Orchestra, the only musician who came to mind was the amazing fiddle/violinist Mark O’Connor. No one can blend the styles of classical, blues and jazz into such a find thread as O’Connor. This performance will be one to remember for years to come!” said Joyce.

Dr. Christopher Stanichar, who is in his fifth year as Associate Professor and Director Orchestras at Augustana College, is excited about this opportunity. "It is a rare and wonderful treat for our Augustana Orchestra students to have the opportunity to make music with one of the foremost violinists on the American scene today.

“I am deeply honored and excited to work with Mark O'Connor, and to share this experience with young people and the music making with the greater community. This is one of the most exciting opportunities I have experienced at Augustana College!"

"Our students will have an incredible opportunity to learn from and interact with a legendary collaborative musician; our orchestra will once again experience the value of providing musical support for a musician of international stature; and our audience will be treated to a spectacular musically rewarding and entertaining event," added Dr. Scott Johnson, Chair of the Department of Music at Augustana College.

Mark O'Connor, a product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark
O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling. Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes. Mark O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 49, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of entirely American school of string playing. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that is style is purely personal. O'Connor's first recording for the Sony Classical record label, "Appalachia Waltz', was a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. The works Mr. O'Connor composed for the disc, including its title track, gained him worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The tremendously successful follow-up release, 'Appalahian Journey', received a Grammy Award in February 2001.

With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score "Fiddle Concerto" has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 40 years. It was recorded for the Warner Bros label in 1995. Mr. O'Connor's 2nd concerto "Fanfare for the Volunteer" was recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Steven Mercurio, released by Sony Classical in October 1999. The Neward Star
Ledger notes: "As a composer, he understands the power of a thematic transfiguration and development throughout a 40-minute work."
Mark O'Connor's most recent recording, 'Jam Session', offers "dazzling" (Wall Street Journal) live acoustic recordings that combine bluegrass and gypsy jazz.

The Augustana Orchestra is a student ensemble of approximately sixty musicians.
Their repertoire consists of major works and overtures, as well as traditional, contemporary, and popular literature for the orchestra. Talented music majors and non-majors alike play an active role in the orchestra program while pursuing music as a major or in other academic disciplines. The orchestra is often featured in Recital Hour, Chapel Services, and to promote interest in Augustana's music program by playing with high school orchestras throughout the region.

In October of 2011, the Orchestra partnered with legendary rock band KANSAS as part of the band's
2011 Collegiate Symphony Tour to raise money for music tour programs. This sold out event took place in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilionin Sioux Falls.

Subscriber prices for the series
IndividualA: $196
Individual B: $158
Couple A: $392
Couple B: $316
Corporate $1,000 (4 seats)

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