Little Chicago Syncopators At Gayville Hall

GAYVILLE — The Little Chicago Syncopators of Sioux City will perform old-time New Orleans and Chicago style jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17, in concert at Gayville Hall in Gayville.

The seven-piece band, which was inspired by the "hot" music of both cities, is led by brothers Brad Hittle of rural Scotland on bass and Pete Hittle of Sioux City on trumpet and cornet.

Other players are Murph Monahan of Brookings on reeds, Dave Olson of Vermillion on piano; and, from Sioux City, Gary Lewis on banjo, Alan Arnold on trombone, and Randy Washburn on drums.

Sioux City was known as "Little Chicago" back when New Orleans jazz, including Louis Armstrong, had moved up river to the "City of Big Shoulders" in Illinois. Iowa-born Bix Biederbecke and boys in Chicago showed that whites could play the contagious music also.  

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. For more information, call 605-267-2859.

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