Archive for June 25, 2011

The Annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival, JazzFest, has become a summer favorite for Sioux Falls and the region. JazzFest is a now a three-day outdoor musical event, featuring two stages and is FREE to the public. At JazzFest 2010 an estimated 75,000 enjoyed the music, sun, food and people watching.

Who organizes JazzFest? JazzFest is a fundraiser for Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can learn more about Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues at their website http://www.sfjb.org.

Take a spin through the web site and learn more about the upcoming JazzFest on July 14-16, 2011 at Yankton Trail Park!

Keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber created Jeff Lorber Fusion in the late 1970’s before Contemporary Jazz had a name. The “Fusion” came from blending other genres into jazz hybrid. The band’s first four albums were a group effort, but by 1982 Jeff Lorber Fusion was a solo project. In all Jeff Lorber released 16 solo albums before picking up the “Fusion” again in 2010. The latest release as Jeff Lorber Fusion, Now Is The Time, was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Jeff Lorber has been a part of four Grammy nominations: 1985’s Best R&B Instrumental for his song “Pacific Coast Highway,” 2005’s Best Pop Instrumental Album for Flipside, 2007’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album for He Had a Hat, and most recently in 2010.

Call it Fusion, Contemporary Jazz or Smooth—Lorber will be a great afternoon act for JazzFest. Check the complete line-up of this festival here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, Yankton Trail Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota