When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Johnson Fine Arts Center.
Admission: Tickets will be available at the door. They are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, Northern State University students and high school students. Younger kids get in free. Aberdeen Community Concert Association tickets will be honored.
Two changes have been made for the South Dakota Jazz Festival, which is running today at Northern State University.
This year the festival is a clinic and performance-oriented event, whereas in past years it was an adjudicated, contest-style event. It will also mark the first time the newly remodeled Krikac Auditorium will be used since its renovation began early last year.
The vocal jazz groups and show choirs will perform there, beginning with the Aberdeen Central vocal jazz group starting at 8:30 a.m. NSU Music Education faculty member and vocal jazz specialist Wendy VanGent will coordinate the groups and run the clinics in the Krikac Auditorium. Students will work in the Krikac until mid-afternoon.
At the Johnson Fine Arts Center, the first band will perform at 8 a.m., with performances continuing until 5 p.m.
The NSU Department of Fine Arts and the Aberdeen Community Concert Association will present the jazz festival feature concert tonight at 7:30.
The concert will begin with performances by one outstanding vocal jazz group and outstanding school jazz ensemble, which will be announced at the end of the day's performances.
Then the NSU 2 O'Clock band takes the stage, directed by Northern's Grant Manhart. The performance will feature two guest artists: Dustin Retzlaff, a string bass and electric bass artist, and Northern assistant professor of woodwinds Fred Hemke on saxophone.
Retzlaff is a jazz performer, clinician, teacher, student, piano technician, director, arranger and Brazilian music fan. Retzlaff directed the University of Minnesota-Morris jazz program during the 2011-12 academic year and taught jazz improvisation, applied lessons, arranging and composition in addition to directing the big bands, combos, guitar ensemble and vocal jazz groups. Following his degree from UMM in 2005, Retzlaff taught orchestra in at the University of South Carolina. Upon earning a master of music degree from South Carolina, Retzlaff attended the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a doctor of arts degree in jazz studies. Retzlaff has performed regionally and internationally with jazz groups, orchestras, steel drum ensembles, big bands, pit bands, festival groups and many others.
Since joining the Northern faculty in 2003, he has taught woodwind methods, orchestration and arranging, jazz history, jazz pedagogy and applied lessons in the areas of saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon. He has led saxophone quartets, a woodwind quintet, a flute ensemble, a saxophone jazz ensemble, the jazz ensemble, a Dixieland combo and a jazz combo. He was the director of the South Dakota Jazz Festival from 2003 to 2007.
From 1993 to 2003, Hemke was an assistant professor and the director of jazz performance studies and saxophone at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There, he directed several jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and saxophone quartets. He also taught applied saxophone, jazz improvisation courses, jazz pedagogy and was the director of the annual jazz festival.
Nationally, he has adjudicated many music competitions, performed as a guest artist and clinician at several festivals and played professionally in a variety of settings. He is a regular faculty member on music festivals in Red Lodge, Mont., and the Rushmore National Music Camp in Keystone. He has been featured as a soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance and was the first call saxophonist for the Kansas City Symphony while he lived in Missouri.
“The concert will feature an instrument we have not featured in a long time, if ever,” Manhart, a professor of high brass and jazz studies at Northern, said in a news release. “The string bass is the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic heartbeat of any jazz group, and as such, is often overlooked as a center-stage instrument.”
Retzlaff will be featured on a slow blues, Stan Kenton's “Intermission Riff,” Dizzy Gillespie's “Con Alma” and Charlie Parker's “Donna Lee” in which he will share the improvisational spotlight Fred Hemke.
The concert will also feature Manhart, Dennis McDermott and NSU senior trumpeter Chris Massa.
Listed below are the members of the NSU 2 O'Clock Jazz Ensemble:
Alto: Steven Zimosky, Mobridge; Jennifer Wegleitner.
Tenor: John Patzlaff, Platte; Taylor Johnson, Aberdeen.
Baritone: Michelle Mennis, Wahpeton, N.D.
Trumpet: Callie Marlette, Gettysburg; Chris Massa, Rapid City; Amanda Wentz, Bismarck, N.D.; Calvin Cramer, Camp Crook;
Alec Nelson, Jamestown, N.D.
Trombone: Tyler Schwann, Minot, N.D.; Delayna LaBelle, Spearfish; Luke Bergjord, Aberdeen.
Bass trombone: Joe Weseloh, Watertown.
Tuba: John Gorr, Sioux Falls.
Piano: Jamie Kessler, Jamestown, N.D.
Bass: Russell Hadden, Sundance, Wyo.
Drums: Eli Corbett, Deadwood.
Mallets: Carrie Pospishil, Yankton.
43rd annual S.D. Jazz Festival Thursday
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday.