The Jim Szana Trio
This traditional combination of piano, bass and drums formed in 1998, as the Rochford Jazz Ensemble when “a dentist, a carpenter and a cable guy” put together three lifetimes of musical performance in a seamless jazz trio playing a repertoire as diverse as the musicians themselves.
The musical backgrounds and styles of the performers blend together so well that one would assume they’ve been playing together for a lot longer . The trio performs with a professionalism and love of the traditional jazz idiom that makes a Jim Szana Trio performance a memorable event.
Their smooth blend of instrumental jazz music is well suited for banquets and conventions where socializing and occasional outbursts of dancing could occur. The group has recorded five CD’s under the ROCHFORD JAZZ ENSEMBLE name, and more recently a CD under the new JIM SZANA TRIO name. Their music has also been featured on SD Public Radio’s “JAZZ NIGHTLY” as well as a live concert radio broadcast in 2005. They even had a song played nationally on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8’s”.
Members of the South Dakota Arts Council’s Touring Artists Roster since 2002.
Origins and Suffering
Five year-olds ask the question “why?” and so do ninety-year olds. How did I get here? From where does anything originate? Why are we here when no one chose to be here? What happened that has caused so much suffering? Does life have meaning or is it merely time and chance? Do my choices and actions matter? Is there more to life than what we see?
Origins and Suffering attempts to answer the whys and provide surprising insights. Author Jim Szana offers a fresh take regarding not only the existence of planet Earth but life before it existed. He also shares heartfelt personal anecdotes from his life as husband, father, musician, and dentist, weaving these stories together providing an insightful and inspiring read.
Life is full of questions, but none more perplexing than “Why?” As a clinical dentist, author Jim Szana’s life experiences in dealing with suffering contributes to answers for these fundamental questions.
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