Sid Kyler was a central Wisconsin Jazz legend, a broadcasting pioneer and the founder of the River Valley Jazz Festival. And on July 8, 2014, he passed away at the age of 87.
"It happened very fast," said Louis Pradt, who played with Kyler for more than 60 years, "It's kind of hard to get used to, the fact that he's gone. In addition to being a comrade in music, he was a good close friend."
Kyler started performing in 1947, and nearly a decade later he signed on to what was then WSAU-TV as a graphic artist. He later created the Sir Seven knight-in-shining-armor mascot that's still used today.
"We are remembering Sid Kyler tonight. We are remembering his music, we're remembering his life, we're remembering what a fine and honorable man he was," said Glen Moberg, who hosted the event tonight.
The festival is completely free to those who go, and any proceeds made will go towards scholarships for aspiring students who want to study Jazz.
The surviving members of the Sid Kyler Dixieland Band ended the show tonight. But if you missed today's show, another one starts tomorrow at noon, and lasts until 8:30 p.m.