Jeff Lorber Fusion, Trampled Under Foot Headline 2014-15 Concert Series
The lineup for the 2014-15 Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society’s Concert Series at the Orpheum Theatre has been revealed and as always, offers a diverse menu for music fans to enjoy!
The series will kick off October 10, 2014 with the legendary Jeff Lorber Fusion with Jimmy Haslip and Eric Marienthal! The group released their self-titled debut album in 1977, and quickly became one of the most popular acts in the jazz fusion scene, due in large part to relentless touring and a string of artistically daring and commercially successful recordings.More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, Hacienda, released in August 2013, revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY®-nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today.
The series continues November 21, 2014 with a band that ‘stole’ JazzFest 2013: Trampled Under Foot! TUF features the amazing vocals from bass player Danielle Schnebelen and her equally talented guitar playing brother Nick from Kansas City. They opened JazzFest last summer and though the rest of the lineup was stellar, this blues band had the crowd buzzing all weekend and had everyone begging them to come back! Brother Kris Schnebelen has taken 2014 off to pursue other interests so Jan Faircloth (who you may recognize from KC blues band Levee Town) has replaced Kris on drums and they’ve added keyboardist Mike ‘Shinetop’ Sedovic as well!
Following a break for the holidays, the series continues January 16, 2015 with Morgan James. James left her Northern California home at age 18 to study opera at the Juilliard School. While the rigorous conservatory training went a long way in refining her vocals and building her remarkable range, James ultimately abandoned opera and devoted her initial post-Juilliard years to working her way onto the stages of some of the city’s most legendary clubs—and into prominent roles on Broadway. Now, with her Epic debut album Morgan James Live, James offers up a selection of songs that show off her extraordinary voice and exquisite gift for merging soul, jazz, and R&B in a fresh and thrilling new way.James is currently working on her first full-length studio effort (an album she envisions as “a more contemporary, pop/R&B record, but with its roots in blues and old-school soul”).
Next up is a show from an exciting up and coming artist by the name of Nikki Hill on March 13, 2015. If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Hill and her band (who Nikki deems ‘The Pirate Crew’) are climbing to the top of the roots music scene step by step and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With a no-filter energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music and deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock and roll again! Nikki’s gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics, driving rhythm guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl and Joe Meyer come together and make a sound that just sounds like the truth.
ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins wraps the series April 10, 2015. has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.
Subscriber prices for the series
Individual A: $194
Individual B: $156
Couple A: $388
Couple B: $312
Corporate $1,000 (4 seats)
Renewing subscribers can do their renewal online or by renewal form. People wanting to become subscribers can call 605-367-6000 or stop into the Washington Pavilion Box office.
Individual tickets not a part of a subscription will be available for purchase on September 12, 2014.