October 29, 2017
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
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.