S.D. Jazz Quintet at Gayville Hall Saturday The South Dakota Jazz Quintet will perform classic and original jazz in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Gayville Hall in Gayville.
The Vermillion-based group was organized three years ago after saxophonist C.J. Kocher joined the music faculty at USD. Other players Saturday are trumpeter Rolf Olson and pianist Dave Olson, both of the
Vermillion area, bassist Michael Andersen of Canton, and drummer Greg Olsen of Sioux Falls.
Vocalist Sue Ann Stutheit of Vermillion will sing several classic jazz tunes.
Jim Clark of Vermillion, who is host of S.D. Public Radio's "Jazz Nightly" program, will be master of ceremonies.
Kocher has played with 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 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, played with the Buddy Morrow and Stu Jackson bands, and jammed with such greats as Chet Baker and Kenny Burrell.
He retired as head of reference services at the USD Library in 1996.
Andersen has taught music more than 20 years, during the last decade in the Canton public schools. He also teaches tuba at Augustana College and privately. He has also been a freelance electric bassist for many years in jazz, dance and rock bands.
Olsen is a Sioux Falls native who had his first professional gig in the eighth grade with the Tommy Tomeck band of Slayton, MN. He later played rock and roll with Myron Lee, the Everly Brothers and others.
His first love, however, has been jazz. He plays with Jazz Portraits, the Doc Walker Quartet, and the Sioux Falls Big Band.
Stutheit conducts the USD choir, the men's and women's choruses, and the vocal jazz ensemble at USD in addition to teaching voice, diction and opera. She studied at the University of Kansas, Boston University, and University of Missouri, K.C.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $10 at the door or $12.50 for advance reserved seating. Call 605-267-2859.