Jazz Radio Event Features Concordia Faculty

Photo courtesy of W. Scott Olsen

A special radio event features Concordia music faculty and other local artists coming together for a unique jazz performance.

The “One Night Forever” concert was recorded live at Sidestreet Grille & Pub in Fargo this summer and recently aired on Prairie Public Radio.

Among the musicians are Concordia professors Russ Peterson and Dr. Nat Dickey, as well as artists Race Hogland ’19, Doug Neill, and Eric Martens ’07 who give music lessons at Concordia.

Peterson spearheaded the event after being prompted by a question from English professor W. Scott Olsen. Olsen, while writing the book “Fargo Jazz,” asked when the last time was all the local jazz musicians performed together. After responding “never,” Peterson got to work planning the big show.

“I’m very excited for this first broadcast of local, live jazz from Fargo on Prairie Public Radio,” Peterson said. “And I’m especially excited to have so many Concordia faculty members featured in the broadcast. We have a very vibrant jazz scene in Fargo-Moorhead, and Concordia faculty are some of the most visible!”

Olsen gave readers a preview of the performance and the history of the local jazz scene in a Forum article, which also features his photos of musicians on stage.

Listen to an excerpt from the concert. Listen to Peterson and Olsen discuss the creation of the “Fargo Jazz” book.