the SJO & Artistic Director Dean McNeill are proud to present

Brilliant Live Jazz in Saskatoon

Explore Our 2017 - 2018 Season Below

April 28, 2018

7:30 PM

The SJO Plays Stan Getz

Ft. Jeff Antoniuk & Tatrina Tai

Join the SJO and Canadian saxophone master Jeff Antoniuk for an evening of swing & bossa nova! Get set for something a little more modern as well, as we gather to celebrate one of the giants of jazz and the tenor saxophone, Stan Getz! Whether you are a fan of Woody Herman and the big band era, cool 60’s bossa novas and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Girl From Ipanema), or if you like fresh contemporary takes on iconic jazz repertoire, you’ve got to hear the unforgettable spirit of Stan Getz as represented by this very special concert.

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.

Our Mission: To Preserve Jazz Heritage

October 29, 2017

7:30 PM

Prairie Fire! Celebrating Canada 150

Ft. Kelly Jefferson

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and Artistic Director Dean McNeill are proud to present PRAIRIE FIRE, a musical celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, featuring the inimitable Kelly Jefferson (saxophone) and music from Canadian composers Dr. Allan Gilliland, Jim Head, Jeff Presslaff, Paul Suchan, Dr. Richard Gillis, Eileen Laverty, Dean McNeill and more! This big band celebration relies talents and passion of some of Western Canada’s finest jazz artists coming right here to Saskatoon and the Broadway Theatre.

December 2, 2017

7:30 PM @ TCU Place

The SSO & SJO Present: Nutcracker meets Duke Ellington

It was so much fun the first time, we’re bringing it back!

The SSO teams up with the SJO to bring a Christmas classic – Tchaikovsky’s beloved seasonal hit the Nutcracker Suite alongside Duke Ellington’s jazz take on it. A night of holiday cheer, orchestral sounds, and a jazzy good time. Think Sugar Plum Fairy meets Sugar Rum Cherry