Club Matthews kicks off its inaugural season of Jazz Sessions with a live concert by the JAS Quintet from Sioux Falls, SD. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 2, at The Matthews Opera House. This event is the West River album release of “Leap Year Baby.”
Club Matthews Jazz Sessions season tickets are now on sale for $110/$70 per person (all ages).
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JAS Quintet is one of South Dakota’s premier jazz ensembles. Formed in 2012 and based in Sioux Falls the ensemble continues to perform concert and festival dates throughout the region. JAS features the classic jazz quintet instrumentation of trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Their repertoire is a diverse mix of old and new, featuring many original compositions and arrangements by members of the band. Concerts include favorites from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and contemporary artists. You are sure to hear many familiar tunes during a JAS concert along with a few new jazz classics.
The members of the JAS Quintet are recognized as some of the finest jazz musicians and educators in the region. Touring extensively throughout South Dakota as a part of the South Dakota Arts Council’s Touring Artist program, the JAS Quintet has established a reputation as one of the top jazz ensembles in the region.
JAS Quintet members
The quintet is comprised of Joel Shotwell on saxophones, Jim Speirs on trumpet, Jeff Paul on piano, Andrew Reinartz on bass, and Daniel Heier on drums.
“Leap Year Baby” Album release
“An ensemble made up of familiar faces amongst the Sioux Falls jazz crowd, the JAS Quintet is steadfast on continuing to embellish the interest in jazz music in South Dakota and beyond. This group has spent the last couple years presenting enthusiastic audiences with three distinct programs, each highlighting a jazz heavyweight’s catalog of work (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and most recently, Duke Ellington). After exploring the spirit and interplay of the group through performing the tunes of some of jazz’s forefathers, the quintet is stepping out on their own with a recorded collection of original tunes and arrangements, which make up their debut album, “Leap Year Baby,” set for an early 2017 release.”
— Thomas Hentges for 605 Magazine
VIDEO: Jazz Curators & JAS Quintet Present: Ellington Uptown
JAS Quintet Biographies
Joel Shotwell (saxophones)
Joel works as a freelance saxophone player and educator. He grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and has studied in Minneapolis, Kansas City and at USD in Vermillion. He was a full-time music education at the middle & high school level for over six years. Joel composes and arranges for various ensembles and is the musical leader of multiple groups in the region. He is a member of Main Avenue Warehouse, the educational touring ensemble Jazz Diversity Project, and many other groups.
Jim Speirs (trumpet and flugel horn)
Jim Speirs plays trumpet throughout the region and resides in Sioux Falls. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and is the Executive Director of South Dakota’s statewide arts advocacy organization, Arts South Dakota. Performance credits include multiple performances on the main stage at the Sioux Falls JazzFest, two live statewide broadcasts on South Dakota Public Radio, web broadcasts for the Argus Leader, regular gigs at area live music venues, and performances around the region with the JAS Quintet. Jim also performs with the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Societyʼs touring jazz education program the Jazz Diversity Project, the Sioux Empire Brass Society, Main Avenue Warehouse, and several jazz ensembles. He is a member of the SFJBʼs education committee, teaches trumpet.
Jeff Paul (piano)
Jeff Paul, the principal oboist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Southern California where he gained experience and expertise in various forms of performing arts. He was an aspiring concert pianist by the age of ten and was awarded opportunities to perform piano concerti with the Conejo Youth Symphony and the Pepperdine University Orchestra. Paul attended the Eastman School of Music (BM with performer’s certificate, 1999) and the University of Southern California (MM, 2003) for oboe performance. His primary teachers include Richard Killmer, David Weiss, and Allan Vogel. He has performed as a soloist with the New West Symphony, Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra, Conejo Concerto Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony, and has substituted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. One of Paul’s primary interests has been traditional folk music of various cultures. He enjoys working closely with The New Pine Ridge Singers, and improvising alongside Lebanese oud player Simon Shaheen. In composition, Paul has received awards from the Young Composer’s Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California, resulting in several premiers of his chamber and orchestral music. He has also received commissions from various organizations, including the South Dakota Symphony and the Young Artists Ensemble theater group in California, and composes regularly for the Dakota Wind Quintet. Paul has recorded for various projects, including a Warner Bros. film scoring session, a hip-hop orchestra, aspiring jazz/rock/fusion bands, and a spattering of independent short films.
Andrew Reinartz (bass)
Andrew Reinartz is an area musician, educator, and conductor, and has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001. He is also currently a board of director for the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, a summer Festival in Sioux Falls which features performances and a wide range educational opportunities. Reinartz is heavily involved in the local jazz community, playing bass with a variety of ensembles including the JAS Quintet, Main Avenue Warehouse, and Jami Lynn. He is also a member of the Jazz Diversity Project which, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, gives performances and presentations on the musical, social, and historical aspects of the music in schools throughout South Dakota
Daniel Heier (drums)
Daniel Heier holds a Bachelor Degree in Percussion Performance from McNally Smith College of Music. As a member of the 147th Army Band, he is an accomplished performer in classical, jazz and commercial music. Throughout his education, Heier has studied under percussion greats such as David Stanoch, Marv Dahlgren, Kevin Washington, Gordy Knudtson, David Schmalenberger, and Chack Wackerman. He is a freelance performer through the Midwest, having performed with acts such as Anna Johnson, Phil Mattson, Matt Wallace, Small Town Anthem, and the Andy Gibson Band.
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.