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7:30 PM on October 13, 2018
at the Broadway Theatre

SJO Artist In Residence Project Presents: Canada 150 Suite

Ft. Guest Directors Gordon Foote & Richard Gillis

With guest vocalist Olivia Guselle

Our Sponsors

The SJO is dedicated to jazz-centered music education and to featuring Canadian composers whose work intersects specifically with the large jazz ensemble idiom. To this end we are delighted to present a ‘double header’ meeting of the minds concert including Prof. Gordon Foote who is arguably Canada’s most well-respected big band directors.

Within this Artists in Residence program Prof. Foote will work with Saskatoon’s high school bands, adult community big bands, the UofS Jazz Ensemble, the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra and, with the SJO itself.

The grand finale concert will feature Dr. Richard Gillis, Prof. Foote and the SJO crew including the Saskatchewan premier of the Canada 150 Suite with contributing composers including David Braid, Dean McNeill, Richard Gillis, and Jeff Presslaff, and many more!

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 on October 13, 2018
at the Broadway Theatre

SJO Artist In Residence Project Presents: Canada 150 Suite

Ft. Guest Directors Gordon Foote & Richard Gillis

With guest vocalist Olivia Guselle

Our Sponsors

The SJO is dedicated to jazz-centered music education and to featuring Canadian composers whose work intersects specifically with the large jazz ensemble idiom. To this end we are delighted to present a ‘double header’ meeting of the minds concert including Prof. Gordon Foote who is arguably Canada’s most well-respected big band directors.

Within this Artists in Residence program Prof. Foote will work with Saskatoon’s high school bands, adult community big bands, the UofS Jazz Ensemble, the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra and, with the SJO itself.

The grand finale concert will feature Dr. Richard Gillis, Prof. Foote and the SJO crew including the Saskatchewan premier of the Canada 150 Suite with contributing composers including David Braid, Dean McNeill, Richard Gillis, and Jeff Presslaff, and many more!

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

Dr. Gordon Foote

Gordon Foote recently accepted a position at the University of Toronto as professor in the Jazz Studies Program of the Faculty of Music. The most important part of this portfolio will be to direct the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO). Previous to that, Gordon spent 26 years as a Professor in the Jazz Studies Program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He served as Dean (interim), Associate Dean (Academic and Student Affairs), Chair of the Department of Performance, Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Jazz Area, as well as 6 years at St. FX University in Nova Scotia. Gordon is one of the pioneers of jazz education in Canada, being instrumental in the development and implementation of the first undergraduate and graduate university jazz studies programs in the country.

Professor Foote was the coordinator of the McGill Jazz Orchestras, and directed McGill Jazz Orchestra I. Under his direction, the ensemble performed throughout the United States, France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Mexico and Canada. The ensemble has released eight compact discs, with a ninth, the Kenton Project, in production. The ensemble also recorded a project of the music of Slide Hampton.

“… the hands–down best college jazz ensemble I heard last year was Canada’s McGill University….no one could single them out as anything other than a professional working band.” Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“Proof of the excellence of jazz education in Canada.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star.

“If they come much better than this I simply won’t believe it…. McGill gets everything right.” John Killoch, Mainly Big Bands.

As a saxophonist and clinician for Conn-Selmer, Gordon has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States. Gordon has served as the Quebec representative to the IAJE, the Director of Education for IAJE Canada and as President of Jazz Canada. His studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Texas combined with 37 years of performing and teaching experience, leave him as probably the most requested adjudicator, conductor, clinician and jazz educator/performer in Canada.

Dr. Richard Gillis

Dr. Richard Gillis joined the faculty in 1991, and contributed greatly to the development of the UofM Jazz Band and jazz education courses. He held the position of Jazz area coordinator, as well as oversaw the big bands up until 2003. Currently, he teaches courses such as Brass Techniques and Major Practical Study, as well as holds the position of Brass Area Coordinator.

Dr. Gillis currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, which presents a regular concert series featuring Winnipeg’s top Jazz musicians and performs with guest artists from around the world. Some of the guests he has worked with include: Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, Bert Joris, John Riley, Dick Oatts, and many others.

Dr. Gillis has recorded eight CD’s with Icelandic guitarist Björn Thoroddsen, who he has performed with in several locations in Iceland, Canada and the United States. Performances include recordings for radio and television, jazz festivals, and the 2005 IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) conference. In October 2006 they performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York, and in 2017 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Dr. Gillis recorded and released Devotion, a CD of trumpet chamber music (mostly original compositions), and wrote Melodic Studies in the Less Familiar, a study book for trumpet. Recent plans are to perform a series of professional brass concerts in 2018/19, with the focus on new and significant music for brass by Canadian composers.

Tonight's SJO Personel

Alto 1 Connor Newton
Alto 2 Gerard Weber
Tenor 1 Trent Reschny
Tenor 2 Nathan Degenhart
Bari Doug Gilmour
Trumpet 1 Dean McNeill
Trumpet 2 Barrie Redford
Trumpet 3 Darrin Oehlerking
Trumpet 4 Nick Fanner
Trumpet 5 Richard Gillis
Trombone 1 Don Schmidt
Trombone 2 Erika Rybinski
Trombone 3 Tiess McKenzie
Bass Trombone Dawn McLean Belyk
Guitar Graham Prichard
Piano Paul Suchan
Bass Nevin Buhler
Drums Jon McCaslin
Vocals Olivia Guselle

Tonight's Set List

Remarks from Martin Phillipson

Dr. Bill Waiser (Governor General Award-winning author / Order of Canada)
On Being Canada (part 1)

Set #1

O Canada

Suite 150

Conducted by UofM Prof. Dr. Richard Gillis

  1. A Common Place Fanfare (comp. Dean McNeill)
  2. From Far & Wide (comp. Richard Gillis)
  3. Wenen (comp. Andrew Balfour)
  4. Maple (comp. Christine Jensen)
  5. Cirrus (comp. Earl MacDonald)
  6. La Nouvelle Nation (The New Nation) (comp. Michelle Gregoire)

15 min intermission

Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra – dir. Nick Fanner

Set #2

Conducted by U of T Prof. Gordon Foote

Tribute to Art Fern (comp. Rob McConnell)
Sonny’s Way (comp. Mike Murley)
I Just Found Out About Love
I Get a Kick Out Of You 
I’ve Got The World On a String
Lady Be Good 
Just Friends (arr. Rob McConnell)
African Skies (comp. Michael Brecker, arr. Jesper Riis)

Dr. Bill Waiser
On Being Canada (part 2)

O Canada (arr. Rob McConnell)
Daze (comp./arr. Dean McNeill)

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