June 25, 2017
Hello Pops! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
ft. Wycliffe Gordon
The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) always saves something very big and very special for their annual SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival performance. Featuring seminally the profoundly talented Wycliffe Gordon the SJO will lead the audience through the pantheon of large jazz orchestra repertoire, while adding something fresh and new along the way. Wycliffe Gordon’s "Hello Pops! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" will be embedded in this joy filled musical journey. Be prepared to be amazed and delighted!
About the SJO
The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is committed to presenting the highest caliber professional large jazz ensemble music through its programming and through the featuring of local and nationally/internationally celebrated jazz talent. Through these concert activities the SJO delivers top-quality art music to the city of Saskatoon and beyond while professionally developing many of our own established and emerging jazz musicians.
While some SJO concerts are retrospective in nature (e.g. Friends Remembered 2015 SK. tour, Tribute to Duke Ellington, Tribute to Frank Sinatra), others are visionary (e.g. 2014 jazz festival performance of Phil Dwyer’s Changing Seasons (for large jazz orchestra, string orchestra and classical solo violinist Mark Fewer), large ensemble orchestrations of Mike Rud’s Juno award winning CD Notes on Montreal). All concerts feature important current and emerging musicians whose work intersects with the large jazz ensemble idiom specifically.
For many years SJO Artistic Director Dean McNeill directed the Metro Jazz Ensemble of Saskatoon (MJE), which was the precursor and indeed the inspiration for the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra.