‘Green Dolphin Jazzy Christmas’ concert Dec. 14

“A Green Dolphin Jazzy Christmas” is back Dec. 14 at the Matthew Opera House, and the stage will be shared with very special jazz musician friends. Courtesy photo

SPEARFISH — “A Green Dolphin Jazzy Christmas,” a local jazz quarter, is back at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Matthews Opera House, and the stage is being shared with very special jazz musician friends. 

“The combination of the band’s holiday jazz music and the theater decorated for the season is sure to usher in the Christmas mood,” said Becky Naccarato Eastburn, executive director of Matthews Opera House.

Green Dolphin 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.” The band will also perform many holiday tunes during this concert. 

The quartet features Christopher Hahn on trumpet and flugelhorn, Janeen Larsen on piano, Terry Rathbun on drums, and Gary Renner on bass. Special Guests this year also include; Jami Lynn, vocalist, Ward Johnston, guitar, Rod Garnett, flute, and Joel Adams, tuba and bass.

The name of the group comes from the 1947 jazz standard, “On Green Dolphin Street.” The quartet, based at Black Hills State University, performs for special events in the region, and the group enjoys venturing into more contemporary styles. However, their main goal is to encourage people to understand, enjoy, and embrace jazz.

Tickets are $35 for cabaret table seating and $20 for balcony seating. Tickets are available at 642-7973 or www.matthewsopera.com.

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