S.D. Jazz Quintet at Gayville Hall Saturday

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, Oct. 30, at Gayville Hall in Gayville.

The Vermillion group, which will be making its fourth appearance in Gayville, was organized four years ago after saxophonist C.J. Kocher joined the music faculty at USD.

Other players are trumpeter Rolf Olson, pianist Dave Olson, and drummer Steve Peterson, all of the Vermillion area, and bassist Michael Andersen of Worthington, MN. Vocalist Sue Ann Stutheit of Vermillion, will also perform.

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.

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.

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, presently in the Worthington, MN, 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.

Peterson is a Vermillion native who has performed for more than 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 is a member of the Sioux City Symphony.

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.

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