image 50 Artists to Watch: Andrew Reinartz

Andrew Reinartz is a South Dakota bass player & teacher and is a producer for the film production firm Passenger Productions, based in Sioux Falls. With Passenger Productions, Andrew has helped produce films ranging from 30-second client TV spots, to a series of micro-documentaries in a three-state region, all the way to Joe Hubers’ full-length feature film, Of Minor Prophets.

Former executive director, and current board member, of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, he has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001, and is a past member of their Board of Directors.

Andrew is heavily involved in the local Jazz community, playing bass with a variety of ensembles including the JAS Quintet (with its first album of original jazz and improvised music set to be released in December), Dakota Jazz Collective, the Hegg Brothers Band, and Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers (a don’t-miss holiday tradition in South Dakota). As a member of the Jazz Diversity Project, he appears in performances and presentations on the musical, social, and historical aspects of Jazz in schools throughout South Dakota, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Andrew also plays and records with a wide variety of groups, including songwriters Jami Lynn & Darin Kaihoi, and an upcoming project with Rich Show and Violet. Working out of his home studio, Spruceleigh Studios, he also does live recording and demo recording and mixing, as well as teaching private bass lessons.



50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs.

We welcome your continued suggestions for 50 Artists to Watch and your (constructive) comments about the work of those being featured.

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