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Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues – JazzFest Seeks Local Musicians

January 16th, 2014

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is currently seeking submissions from local musicians to perform at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival – JazzFest 2014, July 17-19 at Yankton Trail Park.

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues has created a home for local and regional musical acts on JazzFest’s second stage that includes a wide variety of musical genres. Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce says “We continue to be amazed at the local and regional talent that Sioux Falls and our area has to bring to our 2nd stage at JazzFest.  To be able to expose these artists to a new audience and to also provide an avenue for local jazz and blues artists to earn a reputation as experienced performers give many aspiring bands a reason to participate in the summer classic. ”

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28, 2014.

Interested musicians can send press kits that include audio samples to:

JazzFest 2014 – 2nd Stage Submissions
c/oSioux FallsJazz & Blues
301 S. Main Avenue
P.O. Box 1285
Sioux Falls,SD 57101

Or email electronic press kits to

Wycliffe Gordon at JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2014

November 25th, 2013

Trombonist of the Year, Wycliffe Gordon will be joining JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2014.  Gordon, who can play 22 additional instruments, has an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators.

“Wycliffe Gordon is an amazing addition to our stellar list of guest artists for the JazzFest Jazz Camp—his expertise as a performer, recording artist and educator will make him a fantastic addition to our already superb camp in July 2014.” said Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.

JazzFest Jazz Camp 2014 will be July 15-19 and will take place on Augustana College Campus. At camp, students will learn from incredible instructors and guest artist Wycliffe Gordon through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students.

A huge highlight at camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest with Wycliffe Gordon. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and many, many more.

Eligibility: All incoming 7th through completed 12th grade musicians may apply for submission. Applications and more information about camp can be found online HERE

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About Wycliffe Gordon:

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.

Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. Gordonʼs extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. His “Jazz a la Carte” show, which debuted at the Apollo Theater, was named one of the “top five best moments in jazz” for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.

Wycliffe Gordon has been named “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association nine times since 2000. Gordon, who can play 22 additional instruments, continues to have an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. His work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world is extensive, and includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts and lectures – powerful evidence of his unique ability to relate musically to people of all ages.

A Great 2013 JazzFest!

July 24th, 2013

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is proud to announce another successful JazzFest this past week. Over the three days, an estimated 125,000 people attended the Sioux Falls music festival.  Headliners Dr. John, North Mississippi Allstars, and Sheryl Crow packed in music fans from around the country.

“We are excited with the reception Sheryl Crow received on Saturday night.  Festival go-ers and organizers all believed it was a larger crowd than last year’s Joe Walsh performance,”  said Executive Director Rob Joyce.

Jeff Masten, a longtime JazzFest Committee member, observed what he believed to be one of the strongest crowds at JazzFest. “I think if you looked around it was the best or one of the best crowds ever. The entire concert area had started to fill in by 9pm, with a full hour to go before Sheryl Crow was to take the stage,” said Masten.

It is always refreshing to see people from the community and around the country come together for the love of music. The festival ended on a high note with eye-catching fireworks, capturing the excitement of the weekend.

A big thank you goes out to JazzFest committee members, volunteers, and the sponsors. Without them, JazzFest would not be possible!

Festival organizers are already looking forward to next year’s JazzFest. The dates set for 2014 are July 17-19.  We hope to see you there!


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