Little Chicago Hall of Fame (archive)

The following is archived from that is temporarily unavailable. Their Little Chicago Hall of Fame list honors several dozen Sioux Cityans who have gone on to perform and record with nationally-known bands and musicians.
Zean Zurcher, (East High School graduate): A master bassist, tuba player and educator, Dr. Zean W. Zurcher cut his jazz teeth accompanying legendary pianist Manny Ziegler at Sioux City's fabled Turin Inn in the early 1950s. After completing studies at the Morningside College Conservatory of Music—during which time he was an associate of both Rex Peer and Johnny Kopecky, listed elsewhere on this page—Zurcher went to New York City in the late 1950s to further pursue his music education. In the process he worked with a host of major artists and can be heard on George Shearing's superb 1959 Satin Brass album plus The Best of Shearing and The Very Best of Shearing albums. He also performed with Shearing at Basin Street East, the Red Hill Inn and on the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Tour with featured soloists “Cannonball” and Nat Adderley. Over the years, he has performed with the Mills Brothers, Ames Brothers, vibes legend Tommy Vig, Ward Swingle, Clyde McCoy, Roland Wiggins and Ernie Rudy. He doubled on both tuba and string bass for 36 weeks at New York City’s famous Roseland Ballroom and 18 weeks at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach with the Don Glasser Band. The band was regularly featured on weekly national and international CBS Radio broadcasts and had the distinction of being the last big band to be broadcast by CBS. They also set the all-time attendance record at Roseland Ballroom when 3,000 dancers showed up one night.

Dr. Zurcher is a highly respected musicologist and distinguished educator. He makes his home in Long Island, New York. Much more about Zean Zurcher's career is available at