Though Jami Lynn’s latest Americana album earned her a top 25 listing from the UK’s Telegraph, honors from the Planet Bluegrass Folks Festival Songwriting Competition, and one of Culture Spot’s “50 artists to watch,” don’t rule out her jazz chops.
Jami’s roots are in the old-time country, folk, and polka of the Northeastern South Dakota jamborees of her childhood, but a love for the great ladies of jazz developed right alongside her love of the banjo. While solo jazz pieces by Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and Gershwin always work their way into solo performances, sitting in with the Sioux Falls-based, Dakota Jazz Collective, and jazz/funk band, Polyphase, has eventually led Jami to a full-on collaboration with bassist Andrew Reinartz.
When not performing for public audiences, Lynn also brings folk music to elementary students and hospital systems through the SD State Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program and Touring Artists program. She is currently based out of Spearfish, SD.
Based out of Southeastern South Dakota, Andrew Reinartz is a musician, producer, and educator with a wide musical palette. Playing primarily upright and electric bass, with a focus on Jazz and improvised music, he easily fits into a variety of other styles, and also does work as a producer and recording/mixing engineer.
Andrew performs regularly with jazz ensembles the JAS Quintet, Jazz Curators, & Dakota Jazz Collective. He also is a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Hegg Brothers Band, Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers, has recorded and performs regularly with songwriters like Darin Kaihoi. As an advocate for the music he loves, he teaches privately, works as a guest clinician, plays for students across South Dakota with the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Jazz Diversity Project, and also performs for adults the Jazz Curators performance and education series.
Andrew originally met Jami Lynn performing with various groups, and later recorded and performed with Jami Lynn on many of her folk based projects. For Sparse, the time was right to work on a full collaborative project together in a jazz setting.