South Dakota Jazz Quintet plays Gayville Hall Saturday

South Dakota Jazz Quintet plays Gayville Hall Saturday The South Dakota Jazz Quintet of Vermillion will perform classic and original jazz at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Gayville Hall in Gayville.

The group was first organized in the fall of 2000 after saxophonist C. J. Kocher joined the music faculty at USD. Other members are trumpeter Rolf Olson, pianist Dave Olson, drummer Steve Peterson, all of the Vermillion area, and bassist Michael Andersen of Canton.

Jim Clark of Vermillion, who is host of S.D. Public Radio's Jazz Nightly program, will be master of ceremonies for the show. Guest singer Sue Ann Stutheit, also of Vermillion, will do several vocals.

"Our first show at Gayville Hall was jazz, and that's my favorite type of music, so we are excited," said Gayville Hall proprietor Doug Sharples of Wakonda.

C. J. Kocher has played with the Sioux Falls Big Band, the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, the Denver Neophonic Orchestra, the Wichita Jazz Orchestra, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, the Temptations, the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band and many others. He teaches saxophone and jazz studies at USD.

Rolf Olson teaches jazz improvisation and appreciation at USD, is assistant director of bands, and has played professionally with the Carson & Barnes Circus Band, the Gene Pitney Orchestra, and Myron Floren. He is a member of the South Dakota Symphony and performs with the Sioux Falls Big Band.

Dave Olson has played in jazz and dance bands for over 40 years. He toured the Far East with the University of Denver Jazz Band while a graduate student, played with the Buddy Morrow and Stu Jackson bands, and jammed with such greats as Chet Baker and Kenny Burrell in "after-hours" clubs. He retired as Head of Reference Services at the USD Library in 1996.

Michael Andersen has taught music 20 years, the last 11 in the Canton public schools. He also teaches tuba at Augustana College and privately. He has been a freelance electric bassist for many years in jazz, dance and rock bands.

Steve Peterson is a Vermillion native who has performed for 15 years in pop-rock groups and more recently in jazz, classical and big bands. He tours with the Comfort Theatre Company's production of Always, Patsy Cline and joined the Sioux City Symphony in 2001.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $7.

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