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7:30 PM, Sept. 14, 2019
at the Broadway Theatre

The SJO Honours The Tradition

With special guests Brian O’Kane (Toronto) and Kent Sangster (Edmonton)

Our Sponsors

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra is proud to kick off its 2019-2020 season with Honouring The Tradition, featuring award-winning Canadian jazz luminaries Brian O’Kane & Kent Sangster!

Honouring The Tradition will be sure to delight straight-ahead and progressive jazz fans alike with a trip through a range of classic big band tunes brought to life with the SJO’s signature modern spin.

Note: if you would like to continue to support us (in addition to being here tonight), please click here to learn about donating the SJO

7:30 PM, Sept. 14, 2019
at the Broadway Theatre

The SJO Honours The Tradition

With special guests Brian O’Kane (Toronto) and Kent Sangster (Edmonton)

Our Sponsors

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra is proud to kick off its 2019-2020 season with Honouring The Tradition, featuring award-winning Canadian jazz luminaries Brian O’Kane & Kent Sangster!

Honouring The Tradition will be sure to delight straight-ahead and progressive jazz fans alike with a trip through a range of classic big band tunes brought to life with the SJO’s signature modern spin.

Note: if you would like to continue to support us (in addition to being here tonight), please click here to learn about donating the SJO

Brian O’Kane

Brian O’Kane has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s finest ensembles including The Boss Brass, the Rob McConnell Tentet, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (2011 Juno Award winner), the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band (2007 Juno Award winner. He has also backed up a lengthy list of international artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Diana Krall, Paquito D’Rivera, Maria Schneider, Dave Brubeck, and The Temptations.

Brian has also appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canada Pops Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, Orchestra London, and True North Brass.

He has appeared on dozens of television/radio jingles and is in demand as a pit musician. Brian is currently a member of the Shaw Festival Orchestra in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Brian has been featured at numerous colleges and universities across Canada, has played at major jazz festivals throughout Canada and abroad, has served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Canada and was a featured artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.

Kent Sangster

Juno nominee Kent Sangster has been a prominent member of Canada’s jazz scene for over twenty-five years. A highly respected saxophonist, educator, bandleader, composer-arranger, and producer. Having released seven original jazz albums and having soared through countless performances and recordings, Kent has built a career that has earned him the status of being one of Canada’s finest jazz saxophonists. Kent debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and has toured Europe in 2014 and 2017 with his Juno nominated ensemble the Obsessions Octet. The Kent Sangster Obsessions Octet was featured at the 2016 Rochester International Jazz Festival as part of the Oh’ Canada series. This performance was recorded and broadcasted through North America on PBS television.

Kent holds a Master of Music degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami and a B.A.Jazz degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Kent is currently the department head of Composition and Arranging at Grant MacEwan University as well is the Executive Director and Producer of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.

Kent has performed with a number of jazz greats both in North America, Europe as well as Cuba; Tommy Banks, Guido Basso, Ed Bickert, Randy Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Sheila Jordan, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Kirk MacDonald, Pat Metheny, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, Chucho Valdes, Kenny Werner and Norma Winston.

Brian O’Kane

Brian O’Kane has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s finest ensembles including The Boss Brass, the Rob McConnell Tentet, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (2011 Juno Award winner), the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band (2007 Juno Award winner. He has also backed up a lengthy list of international artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Diana Krall, Paquito D’Rivera, Maria Schneider, Dave Brubeck, and The Temptations.

Brian has also appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canada Pops Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, Orchestra London, and True North Brass.

He has appeared on dozens of television/radio jingles and is in demand as a pit musician. Brian is currently a member of the Shaw Festival Orchestra in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Brian has been featured at numerous colleges and universities across Canada, has played at major jazz festivals throughout Canada and abroad, has served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Canada and was a featured artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.

Kent Sangster

Juno nominee Kent Sangster has been a prominent member of Canada’s jazz scene for over twenty-five years. A highly respected saxophonist, educator, bandleader, composer-arranger, and producer. Having released seven original jazz albums and having soared through countless performances and recordings, Kent has built a career that has earned him the status of being one of Canada’s finest jazz saxophonists. Kent debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and has toured Europe in 2014 and 2017 with his Juno nominated ensemble the Obsessions Octet. The Kent Sangster Obsessions Octet was featured at the 2016 Rochester International Jazz Festival as part of the Oh’ Canada series. This performance was recorded and broadcasted through North America on PBS television.

Kent holds a Master of Music degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami and a B.A.Jazz degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Kent is currently the department head of Composition and Arranging at Grant MacEwan University as well is the Executive Director and Producer of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.

Kent has performed with a number of jazz greats both in North America, Europe as well as Cuba; Tommy Banks, Guido Basso, Ed Bickert, Randy Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Sheila Jordan, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Kirk MacDonald, Pat Metheny, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, Chucho Valdes, Kenny Werner and Norma Winston.

Tonight's SJO Personnel

Conductor Dean McNeill
Alto 1 Gerard Webber
Alto 2 Ricardo Martins
Tenor 1 Sheldon Corbett
Tenor 2 Rory Lynch
Bari Doug Gilmour
Trumpet 1 Dean McNeill
Trumpet 2 Adam Streisel
Trumpet 3 Terry Heckman
Trumpet 4 Silas Friesen
Trumpet 5 Aaron Bueckert
Trombone 1 Ross Ulmer
Trombone 2 Erika Rybinski
Trombone 3 Don Schmidt
Bass Trombone Dawn McLean Belyk
Piano Paul Suchan
Bass Emmett Fortosky
Drums Graydon Cramer
Guest Artist Brian O’Kane
Guest Artist Kent Sangster

Tonight's Set List

Opening Remarks

SJO Set #1

1) On The Street Where You Live, comp. Frederick Loewe / arr. Lennie Niehaus
2) Corner Pocket, comp. Freddie Green
3) No More Blues, comp. Antonio Carlos Jobim / arr. Rob McConnell
4) Stardust, comp. Hoagy Carmichael / arr. Sammy Nestico
5) In The Moment, comp. & arr. Kent Sangster
6) Nicolia, comp. PJ Perry / arr. Kent Sangster
7) Groovin’ High, comp. Dizzy Gillespie / arr. Rob McConnell

=== Intermission ===

Evan Hardy High School Student Jazz Combo

SJO Set 2

1) Line For Lions, comp. Gerry Mulligan
2) Take The A Train, comp. Billy Strayhorn / arr. Rob McConnell
3) Round Midnight, comp. Thelonious Monk / arr. Kent Sangster
4) Dulces Suenos
5) Close Enough For Love, comp. Johnny Mandel / arr. Rob McConnell
6) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, comp. Mercer Ellington / arr. Rob McConnell

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