Club Matthews presents the FINAL Jazz Sessions event, “A Green Dolphin Jazzy Christmas.” Performed by the local jazz quartet, Green Dolphin. This event is sure to bring holiday spirit to all of our patrons. Many traditional jazz songs will be performed along with many more standard and contemporary tunes. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 at The Matthews Opera House.
VIDEO: Green Dolpin, “All of Me”
About the show
The name of the band comes from the 1947 jazz standard, “On Green Dolphin Street.” Although the group members enjoy venturing into more contemporary styles, their main goal is to encourage people in the area to understand, enjoy, and embrace jazz. The selections range from swing to Latin, from bebop to blues. The group’s concerts consist primarily of traditional jazz, featuring well-known jazz standards such as “All of Me,” “Take the A Train,” ” Fly Me to the Moon,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Green Dolphin will also perform many holiday tunes. Just the perfect mix to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
The quartet is based at Black Hills State University and performs for special events in the region.
The Green Dolphin Jazz Quartet features:
- Christopher Hahn, trumpet and flugelhorn
- Janeen Larsen, piano
- Terry Rathbun, drums
- Gary Renner, bass
Green Dolphin Bios
Christopher Hahn has played with jazz musicians such as Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, and Gary Foster; worked with Wynton Marsalis and Mike Vax, and played in backup bands for The Temptations and The Four Tops. He is currently the “first call” area trumpet player and performs lead trumpet with the Dave Martinson Big Band and The Happy Wanderers big band. He also has played with area funk bands, Outer Space Real Estate and Tastee Freeze. Hahn recently completed his doctorate in music at Colorado State University. When not on the bandstand, he is the director of the Black Hills State University Jazz Ensemble and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra.
Janeen is a jazz pianist who has been a member of Straight No Chaser, Round Midnite, The Happy Wanderers Big Band, Tommy Matthews Big Band, and the Northern Hills Dixieland Band. She has been performing with Green Dolphin for seven years and performs every weekend in a piano/bass duo at Romas Ristorante in Spearfish. Larsen holds advanced music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Florida. She has had a long career as a university music educator.
Terry Rathbun is an accomplished and versatile drummer who has twice been inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He began performing with bands at the age of thirteen and currently plays regularly with the trio Sugar Free Jazz and the big band Happy Wanderers in Rapid City. He has been a member of Zacharian, The Ride, In the Mood, Some Time Ago, and The Great Northern Jazz Orchestra. Terry has also played with a host of national recording jazz artists such as Harry Allen, Eddie Harris, Sabina Lilly, Greg Abate, The Phat City Band, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Coasters, and much more. He has performed each year of the Deadwood Jazz Festival, the SDSM&T, and the BHSU jazz ensembles. In addition to a full performance schedule, Rathbun has served as a drum clinician, jazz festival adjudicator, and college jazz instructor for many years. He currently has a private drum studio in Rapid City.
Bassist Gary Renner has managed and performed with the nine-piece big band, The Happy Wanderers, for more the 25 years. The Happy Wanderers have performed at the Mountain Grand in Deadwood, Main Street Square in Rapid City, the Central States Fair, and for a multitude of dance events and festivals throughout the region. Renner is an original member of Green Dolphin and performs in the Larsen/Renner Duo for area conventions, weddings, and other events.
What is Club Matthews?
Club Matthews is a new jazz series featuring four performances over the next year. The series highlights accomplished jazz performers from throughout our region in a setting evocative of the jazz clubs of the past century. Cabaret table seating available on the main floor invites a different audience experience than our standard theater seating. It’s a bit more intimate and elegant.