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7:30 PM, Jan. 2020
at the Broadway Theatre

Tommy Banks: A Musical Tribute

With special guests Mallory Chipman & Raymond Baril

Our Sponsors

Thank you all for joining the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra this evening for our 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 Raymond Baril.

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, Jan. 2020
at the Broadway Theatre

Tommy Banks: A Musical Tribute

With special guests Mallory Chipman & Raymond Baril

Our Sponsors

Thank you all for joining the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra this evening for our 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 Raymond Baril.

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

Mallory Chipman

Revered for her “rich, expressive voice” and hailed as “an old school jazz chanteuse with new school attitude” (GigCity.ca), Mallory Chipman is quickly becoming one of the most important names in Canadian modern and vocal jazz. Based in Edmonton, Canada, Mallory spent years cultivating her own unique sound: one that fuses the improvisational elements of jazz with the poetic lyricism of folk and the grittiness of rock and roll.

Highlights from her career include performing with artists such as PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, and John Stetch; opening for renowned jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux; touring through Canada and abroad to Europe; singing back-up for Roy Orbison’s In Dreams hologram concert and for the legendary rock group, Heart during their Rockin’ Heaven tour; and playing sold out shows in jazz festivals and clubs from Edmonton to as far away as the United Kingdom.

Mallory’s debut album, Nocturnalize, was released in November 2016 on Bent River Records and was celebrated by a release concert at one of Canada’s finest jazz clubs, the Yardbird Suite. The first track on Nocturnalize, “Angular Symphony”, was awarded the Jazz Recording of the Year award at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Her recently released sophomore album, Rags and Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (October 2017) was celebrated with a Western Canadian tour which was met with overwhelming media attention and outstanding audience reception. It was produced by Juno Award winning engineer, Paul Johnston, and was executively produced Juno Award winner Tommy Banks.

Mallory’s performance career is balanced by her faculty position at the esteemed MacEwan University where she teaches voice.

Raymond Baril

Raymond Baril is Assistant Professor of Music and Section Head for Winds and Brass in the Department of Music at Grant MacEwan University, and, for the past 30 years, he has been the Director of the MacEwan University Jazz Ensemble. He is in his 18th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Edmonton Winds and recently has taken on the role as director of the River City Big Band.

Prior to his appointment at MacEwan University, Raymond was a music educator with Edmonton Public Schools, conductor of the University of Alberta Concert Band, Executive Director of the Alberta Band Association, and worked as assistant conductor for the Cosmopolitan Music Society.

Raymond was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for 25 years and is currently a member of the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions as a section member and soloist, as well as a guest conductor. Raymond attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received a Master of Music degree in conducting. He holds undergraduate degrees in both music performance and education from the University of Alberta, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance at the University of Alberta. Raymond has been the recipient of many awards for his contribution to music and music education including the Tommy Banks Award, presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts; and the David Peterkin Memorial Award, presented by Phi Beta Mu.

Mallory Chipman

Revered for her “rich, expressive voice” and hailed as “an old school jazz chanteuse with new school attitude” (GigCity.ca), Mallory Chipman is quickly becoming one of the most important names in Canadian modern and vocal jazz. Based in Edmonton, Canada, Mallory spent years cultivating her own unique sound: one that fuses the improvisational elements of jazz with the poetic lyricism of folk and the grittiness of rock and roll.

Highlights from her career include performing with artists such as PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, and John Stetch; opening for renowned jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux; touring through Canada and abroad to Europe; singing back-up for Roy Orbison’s In Dreams hologram concert and for the legendary rock group, Heart during their Rockin’ Heaven tour; and playing sold out shows in jazz festivals and clubs from Edmonton to as far away as the United Kingdom.

Mallory’s debut album, Nocturnalize, was released in November 2016 on Bent River Records and was celebrated by a release concert at one of Canada’s finest jazz clubs, the Yardbird Suite. The first track on Nocturnalize, “Angular Symphony”, was awarded the Jazz Recording of the Year award at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Her recently released sophomore album, Rags and Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (October 2017) was celebrated with a Western Canadian tour which was met with overwhelming media attention and outstanding audience reception. It was produced by Juno Award winning engineer, Paul Johnston, and was executively produced Juno Award winner Tommy Banks.

Mallory’s performance career is balanced by her faculty position at the esteemed MacEwan University where she teaches voice.

Raymond Baril

Raymond Baril is Assistant Professor of Music and Section Head for Winds and Brass in the Department of Music at Grant MacEwan University, and, for the past 30 years, he has been the Director of the MacEwan University Jazz Ensemble. He is in his 18th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Edmonton Winds and recently has taken on the role as director of the River City Big Band.

Prior to his appointment at MacEwan University, Raymond was a music educator with Edmonton Public Schools, conductor of the University of Alberta Concert Band, Executive Director of the Alberta Band Association, and worked as assistant conductor for the Cosmopolitan Music Society.

Raymond was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for 25 years and is currently a member of the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions as a section member and soloist, as well as a guest conductor. Raymond attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received a Master of Music degree in conducting. He holds undergraduate degrees in both music performance and education from the University of Alberta, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance at the University of Alberta. Raymond has been the recipient of many awards for his contribution to music and music education including the Tommy Banks Award, presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts; and the David Peterkin Memorial Award, presented by Phi Beta Mu.

Tonight's SJO Personnel

Alto 1
Greg Gatien
Alto 2
Sheldon Corbett
Tenor 1
Trent Reschney
Tenor 2
Rory Lynch
Bari
Doug Gilmour
Trumpet 1/Artistic Director
Dean McNeill
Trumpet 2
Barrie Redford
Trumpet 3
Terry Heckman
Trumpet 4
Aaron Bueckert
Trumpet 5
Nick Fanner
Trombone 1
Erika Rybinski
Trombone 2
Don Schmidt
Trombone 3
Spencer Krips
Bass Trombone
Dawn McLean Belyk
Guitar
Ian Summach
Piano
Kim Salkeld
Bass
Nevin Bueller
Drums
Eric Platz
Vocals
Mallory Chipman
Guest Conductor
Raymond Baril

Tonight's SYJO Personnel

Adam Hendry Alto Sax
Myles Wright Alto Sax
Samuel Risling Alto Sax
Will Pahl Tenor Sax
Kai Gaboury Tenor Sax
Jason Main Tenor Sax
Marco Mai Bari Sax
Sam Boyd Trumpet
Rochelle Wright Trumpet
Isaiah Shurmer Trumpet
Xavier St. Amand Trumpet
Brayden Johnson Trombone
Tim Yang Trombone
Kate Wright Trombone
Zoey Liebrecht Trombone
Andrew Pittman Bass Trombone
Simon Jozic Vibraphone
Nathan Tran Piano
Isaac Reaser Bass
Clarenz Salvador Bass
Max Agnew Drums

Tonight's Set List

Opening Remarks

SJO Set #1

  1. All of Me (Comp. by Gerald Marks & Seymour Simon, Arr. by Billy Byers)
  2. If Yer Gonna Do It, Make `Er Feel Good (Comp. by Curt Watts)
  3. Cactus (Comp. by Oliver Gannon, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  4. Big Yellow Taxi (Comp. by Joni Mitchell, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  5. Ode to the Unsung Diva (Comp. by Mallory Chipman, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  6. Tune for the Troubadour (Comp. by Mallory Chipman, Arr. by Fred Stride)
  7. Kronos (Comp. by Curt Watts)
  8. In Our Hearts (Comp. by Allan Gilliland)
  9. Slick Stuff (Comp. by Randy Brecker, Arr. by Gary Morton)

=== Intermission ===

The Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra dir. Nick Fanner

  1. The Woogie (Comp., Arr. by Wycliffe Gordon)
  2. The Touch Of Your Lips (Comp. by Ray Noble, Arr. by Andrew Kesler )
  3. Filthy McNasty (Comp. by Horace Silver, Arr. by John LaBarbera)

SJO Set 2

  1. Isn’t She Lovely (Comp. by Stevie Wonder, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  2. All In All (Comp. by Michel Colombier, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  3. Stella By Starlight (Comp. by Victor Young, Curt Watts)
  4. Angular Symphony (Comp. by Mallory Chipman, Arr. by Silas Friesen)
  5. Vermilion Moon (Comp. by Mallory Chipman, Arr. by Tommy Banks)
  6. Midnight Lady (Comp. by Mallory Chipman, Arr. by Allan Gilliland)

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