As today has been proclaimed the inaugural International Jazz Day, it seems not only fitting but downright appropriate that all of us should take in an evening of live jazz. Which is much more appealing than dead jazz. At least I would assume so. But I digress. How fortunate for anyone in the Brookings area that the Pheasant regularly offers jazz and blues on Monday nights. Can it get better than this. Yes, indeedy. Tonight the most excellent Dakota Jazz Collective is playing! Girls night out. Adult beverages. Jazz. Who could ask for anything more? Okay, dessert is available, too. I should know better than to attempt to close with a question.