The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra

Explore Our 2019 - 2020 Season Below

the SJO & Artistic Director Dean McNeill are proud to present

Brilliant Live Jazz in Saskatoon

Explore Our 2019 - 2020 Season Below

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.

September 14, 2019

7:30 PM @ The Broadway

Honouring The Traditon

Featuring special guest artists including Edmonton-based saxophonist Kent Sangster & Toronto's Brian O'Kane.

December 21, 2019

7:30 PM @ The Broadway

Make A Joyful Noise Meets A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra this Christmas for a musical holiday medley from gospel to Guaraldi. We hope you can find time in your busy holiday schedule to come let great jazz and a little bit of nostalgia carry you away. The SJO will be joined by special guest artists Quinn Greene & Tatrina Tai to put on the jazzy big band Christmas concert event of the year.

January 18, 2020

@ The Broadway

Tommy Banks: A Musical Tribute

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will be launching into the 2020 spring season with a tribute to Canadian jazz legend, and friend of the SJO, the late Tommy Banks. This concert will pay homage to Tommy’s contributions to the worlds of music and jazz in Canada and showcase some of our favourites from his catalogue and our past concerts where we were lucky enough to be joined by the man himself. This concert will be featuring Tommy’s granddaughter, acclaimed vocalist Mallory Chipman, and Tommy‘s long-time musical collaborator, MacEwan University Music Professor Ray Baril.

May 23, 2020

@ The Broadway

Keyed To Life
The SJO Celebrates Stevie Wonder

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra wraps up its regular spring season concert lineup with a trip to where music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. We’re taking a deep dive into the music of Stevie Wonder, joined by Canadian vocalist Todd Martin (Winnipeg) & acclaimed Canadian saxophonist Jim Brennan (Calgary).

Support Jazz Heritage in Saskatoon

The SJO is kept alive by the support of jazz lovers and the members of our small but tightly-knit community here in Saskatoon.

We appreciate you coming to tonight’s show — ticket purchases are the number one way we keep the SJO alive. We are also grateful to all our sponsors for giving what they have to support what we do.

Every little bit helps. If you would like to continue to support the SJO outside of simply coming to our shows, you can donate directly to us using the form below. It’s simple and secure and you can do it from your phone, or your computer at home.

Thank you for all your support.