Who’s Playing at Paramount

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Jesse Christen, left, Brian Masek and Al Berven.

Jazz and blues fuse with classic rock in guitarist Jesse Christen. Hear him live at Paramount Cocktail Studio & Foods April 29 next to Minervas in downtown Sioux Falls.

Question: Tell us about your music.

Answer: It’s a mixture of music that has inspired me as not only a musician, but also a human being. It’s the driving rock ‘n’ roll sound, the true emotion of the blues and the expansive complexity of jazz.

Q: Who’s your musical inspiration?

A: Maybe “what” rather than “who” is a better question. It’s the desire to be a little better than last time. It’s also the desire to be in the moment and create something beautiful. As far as musical influences, there are many. A few of my favorites include Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Wes Montgomery, Larry Coryell and Tommy Bolin.

Q: What’s your car radio typically set to?

A: South Dakota Public Radio: shows like Jazz Nightly and American Routes are one of the few places where you can hear truly interesting and inspiring music on the radio. They also have programming that features area musicians. I even enjoy their classical music programming these days.

Q: What kind of crowd do you typically see at a Jesse Christen show?

A: People who enjoy musical spontaneity and inspired performances.

Q: What’s the best part about performing live music?

A: The joy that comes from creating glorious noise. Being in a total state of concentration is another plus.

Q: For those joining you at Paramount, what kind of cocktail goes best with a Jesse Christen show?

A: I would have to say a Manhattan Cocktail. It has a kick but is quite smooth. Plus, it’s one of my favorite drinks.

Jesse is playing at Paramount with bassist Brian Masek on April 29.

Who’s Playing at Paramount

Jazz and blues fuse with classic rock in guitarist Jesse Christen. Learn more about him, then hear him live at Paramount Cocktail Studio & Foods April 29

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