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7:30 PM, May 26, 2019
at the Broadway Theatre

The SJO Celebrates Steely Dan!

With special guests Ray Baril (sax/conductor), Mo Lefever (guitar) & Jamie Cooper (drums), as well as Saskatoon’s own Olivia Guselle (vocals)!

Our Sponsors

Thank you, one and all, for being a part of our final concert of their 2018-2019 season: the SJO Celebrates Steely Dan! We’re Reeling In The Years, big band style!

The music of Steely Dan helped to define an important musical era in the 1970s. Under the guest direction of award winning Canadian saxophonist/conductor Ray Baril the SJO will reinterpret the music of Steely Dan with a refreshing yet authentic jazz big band ‘take’ on this iconic repertoire. If you love Steely Dan and the SJO this concert is not to be missed! With special guests Ray Baril (sax), Mo Lefever (guitar), Jamie Cooper (drums), and Olivia Guselle (vocals).

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, May 26, 2019
at the Broadway Theatre

The SJO Celebrates Steely Dan!

With special guests Ray Baril (sax/conductor), Mo Lefever (guitar) & Jamie Cooper (drums), as well as Saskatoon’s own Olivia Guselle (vocals)!

Our Sponsors

Thank you, one and all, for being a part of our final concert of their 2018-2019 season: the SJO Celebrates Steely Dan! We’re Reeling In The Years, big band style!

The music of Steely Dan helped to define an important musical era in the 1970s. Under the guest direction of award winning Canadian saxophonist/conductor Ray Baril the SJO will reinterpret the music of Steely Dan with a refreshing yet authentic jazz big band ‘take’ on this iconic repertoire. If you love Steely Dan and the SJO this concert is not to be missed! With special guests Ray Baril (sax), Mo Lefever (guitar), Jamie Cooper (drums), and Olivia Guselle (vocals).

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

Raymond Baril

Raymond Baril is Assistant Professor of Music and Head for Winds and Performance Studies in the Department of Music at MacEwan University, and has been Director of the MacEwan University Jazz Ensemble for 33 seasons. He is in his 20th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Edmonton Winds and is also director of the River City Big Band. Raymond remains a much sought after national clinician and adjudicator as well as a featured guest speaker at music education conferences across the country.

Raymond works as one of Edmonton’s busiest saxophonists and continues to be in demand as a woodwind specialist for pit orchestras in local and touring productions. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for 25 years and has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions as a section member and soloist, as well as a guest conductor. Last year Raymond was inducted in the Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award from MacEwan University. In the past, he has been the recipient of many awards for his contribution to music and music education including the Tommy Banks Award, the David Peterkin Memorial Award, the Elkhorn Award for Director of the Year, a Best Teaching Practices Award, an Edmonton Public Schools District Service Award and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Alberta Learning.

Mo Lefever

Mo was originally inspired to explore the jazz genre when the venerable Tommy Banks paid a visit to her high school in Medicine Hat Alberta. Once pointed in this direction there was no turning back. Mo’s early influences ranged from Jimi Hendrix to Chet Atkins. After high school Mo continued her musical training at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, where she gained technical competence and studied everything jazz.

Mo has toured in rock bands, disco bands and played with a variety of jazz heavies as they pass through Edmonton. She is currently a part of several progressive jazz projects including Don Bradshaw’s Big Idea, Hecubus and of course the (cleverly titled) Mo Lefever trio/quartet/quintet/ or group as the case may be. She is also a long standing member of Brett Miles’ Magilla Funk Conduit and Bob Tildesley’s Indigenous Aliens.

Her primary focus of late however is refining her own take on the jazz / funk fusion (aka prairie funk). Her newly released CD includes everything from tasty arrangements of classics that Mo has truly made her own, to some fresh and saucy original tunes. The common thread on this CD is Mo’s understated improvisations that flow seamlessly between genres and moods.

Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper Music started his professional music career in the Canadian Armed Forces Military Band in 1998. Now an active freelance musician around Edmonton, Jamie is featured on a multitude of projects with Mallory Chipman, Juno Award nominated group Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet, and Writer’s Guild, to name a few. His work with Obsessions Octet has also given him opportunity’s to perform worldwide, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2012 and across Europe in 2017.

Raymond Baril

Raymond Baril is Assistant Professor of Music and Head for Winds and Performance Studies in the Department of Music at MacEwan University, and has been Director of the MacEwan University Jazz Ensemble for 33 seasons. He is in his 20th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Edmonton Winds and is also director of the River City Big Band. Raymond remains a much sought after national clinician and adjudicator as well as a featured guest speaker at music education conferences across the country.

Raymond works as one of Edmonton’s busiest saxophonists and continues to be in demand as a woodwind specialist for pit orchestras in local and touring productions. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for 25 years and has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions as a section member and soloist, as well as a guest conductor. Last year Raymond was inducted in the Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award from MacEwan University. In the past, he has been the recipient of many awards for his contribution to music and music education including the Tommy Banks Award, the David Peterkin Memorial Award, the Elkhorn Award for Director of the Year, a Best Teaching Practices Award, an Edmonton Public Schools District Service Award and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Alberta Learning.

Mo Lefever

Mo was originally inspired to explore the jazz genre when the venerable Tommy Banks paid a visit to her high school in Medicine Hat Alberta. Once pointed in this direction there was no turning back. Mo’s early influences ranged from Jimi Hendrix to Chet Atkins. After high school Mo continued her musical training at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, where she gained technical competence and studied everything jazz.

Mo has toured in rock bands, disco bands and played with a variety of jazz heavies as they pass through Edmonton. She is currently a part of several progressive jazz projects including Don Bradshaw’s Big Idea, Hecubus and of course the (cleverly titled) Mo Lefever trio/quartet/quintet/ or group as the case may be. She is also a long standing member of Brett Miles’ Magilla Funk Conduit and Bob Tildesley’s Indigenous Aliens.

Her primary focus of late however is refining her own take on the jazz / funk fusion (aka prairie funk). Her newly released CD includes everything from tasty arrangements of classics that Mo has truly made her own, to some fresh and saucy original tunes. The common thread on this CD is Mo’s understated improvisations that flow seamlessly between genres and moods.

Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper Music started his professional music career in the Canadian Armed Forces Military Band in 1998. Now an active freelance musician around Edmonton, Jamie is featured on a multitude of projects with Mallory Chipman, Juno Award nominated group Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet, and Writer’s Guild, to name a few. His work with Obsessions Octet has also given him opportunity’s to perform worldwide, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2012 and across Europe in 2017.

Nick Fanner

SYJO Director & Recipient of the Saskatchewan Band Association’s Distinguished Band Director Award

In June of 2018, Nick Fanner retired after 31 year of teaching for the Saskatoon Public School Division, the last six years of which afforded him the opportunity to teach both elementary band (Gr. 6-8) and secondary band (Gr. 9 – 12), as well as Gr. 11 & 12 Jazz Studies. With the support of the board of directors of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, his passion for teaching instrumental jazz led him to launch the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra in February of 2017. In addition to presenting evening concerts for participants of the 2018 Moose Jaw Band & Choral Festival, the SYJO has appeared in concerts with The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and the U of S Jazz Ensemble and at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. In recent years Nick has become increasingly busy as an adjudicator and director of Jr. and Int. Honour Bands within Saskatchewan. Nick served as administrator of the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Education Workshop (2013-15). He has been on staff at the Prairielands Jazz Camp in Regina virtually every year since 2002, as well as at a number of Saskatchewan Band Association summer camps over the years. As a sessional lecturer at the U of S, Mr. Fanner has taught courses in Jazz History and Jazz Pedagogy/Jazz Ensemble Techniques. He has also been an instructor at the U of S High School Select Jazz program numerous times. Nick has presented sessions for music educators at the Saskatchewan Music Conference, most recently in November of 2018.

In 2000, Nick received his M. Ed. (Curriculum) from the University of Saskatchewan, (having previously received his B. Mus. (Mus. Ed.) and B.A. (Eng.) there). This came about due to his desire to write an instrumental jazz curriculum for high school students, a journey which took him to McGill University in Montreal where he studied jazz-related courses while on an educational leave.

Nick enjoys being a member of the trumpet section with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, whenever the opportunity arises.

Nick is not only blessed to have chosen a career path which he loves, but also to have a supportive, patient, and loving wife, Bernadette, who maintains a busy studio as professional piano teacher. In addition to being proud parents (Simon and Camille), they have both been recently promoted to the role of grandparents.

Nick Fanner

SYJO Director & Recipient of the Saskatchewan Band Association’s Distinguished Band Director Award

In June of 2018, Nick Fanner retired after 31 year of teaching for the Saskatoon Public School Division, the last six years of which afforded him the opportunity to teach both elementary band (Gr. 6-8) and secondary band (Gr. 9 – 12), as well as Gr. 11 & 12 Jazz Studies. With the support of the board of directors of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, his passion for teaching instrumental jazz led him to launch the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra in February of 2017. In addition to presenting evening concerts for participants of the 2018 Moose Jaw Band & Choral Festival, the SYJO has appeared in concerts with The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and the U of S Jazz Ensemble and at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. In recent years Nick has become increasingly busy as an adjudicator and director of Jr. and Int. Honour Bands within Saskatchewan. Nick served as administrator of the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Education Workshop (2013-15). He has been on staff at the Prairielands Jazz Camp in Regina virtually every year since 2002, as well as at a number of Saskatchewan Band Association summer camps over the years. As a sessional lecturer at the U of S, Mr. Fanner has taught courses in Jazz History and Jazz Pedagogy/Jazz Ensemble Techniques. He has also been an instructor at the U of S High School Select Jazz program numerous times. Nick has presented sessions for music educators at the Saskatchewan Music Conference, most recently in November of 2018.

In 2000, Nick received his M. Ed. (Curriculum) from the University of Saskatchewan, (having previously received his B. Mus. (Mus. Ed.) and B.A. (Eng.) there). This came about due to his desire to write an instrumental jazz curriculum for high school students, a journey which took him to McGill University in Montreal where he studied jazz-related courses while on an educational leave.

Nick enjoys being a member of the trumpet section with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, whenever the opportunity arises.

Nick is not only blessed to have chosen a career path which he loves, but also to have a supportive, patient, and loving wife, Bernadette, who maintains a busy studio as professional piano teacher. In addition to being proud parents (Simon and Camille), they have both been recently promoted to the role of grandparents.

Tonight's SJO Personnel

Guest Conductor Ray Baril*
Alto 1 Trent Reschney**
Alto 2 Nathan Degenhart
Tenor 1 Sheldon Corbett
Tenor 2 Connor Newton
Bari Doug Gilmour
Trumpet 1 Dean McNeill
Trumpet 2 Adam Streisal
Trumpet 3 Barrie Redford
Trumpet 4 Nick Fanner
Trombone 1 Ross Ulmer
Trombone 2 Erika Rybinski
Trombone 3 Don Schmidt
Bass Trombone Dawn McLean Belyk
Guitar Mo Lefeaver*
Piano Kim Salkeld
Bass Emmett Fortosky
Drums Jamie Cooper*
Guest Vocalist Olivia Guselle
Stage Manager Colin Grant
Librarian Spencer Krips
Sound Engineer Andrew Webster

Tonight's SYJO Personnel

Director Nick Fanner
Alto/Soprano Sax Adam Hendry
Alto Myles Wright
Tenor Will Pahl
Tenor Una Lee-Phillipson
Bari Jackson Junk
Trumpet Ian Kimpton
Trumpet Liam
Trumpet Rochelle Wright
Trumpet Eileen Knox
Trumpet Isaiah Shurmer
Trumpet Xavier St. Amand
Trombone Brayden Johnson
Trombone Tim Yang
Trombone Zoey Liebrecht
Bass Trombone Andrew Pittman
Piano Nathan Tran
Bass Isaac Reaser
Bass Tommy Banman
Drums Oishik Khan

Tonight's Set List

Opening Remarks

SJO Set #1

  1. Kid Charlemagne, arr. by Mike Tomaro
  2. East St. Louis Toodle-loo, transcribed by Allan Gilliland
  3. Deacon Blues, arr. by John Higgins
  4. Do It Again, arr. by Fred Sturm
  5. Ruby Baby, arr. by Mark Taylor
  6. Reelin’ in the Years, arr. by Kim Salkeld
  7. Gaucho, arr. by Fred Sturm
  8. Josie, arr. by Mike Tomaro

=======15 minute intermission======

Presentation of the Saskatchewan Band Association’s Distinguished Band Director Award to SYJO Director Nick Fanner

The Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Nick Fanner:

Nice-n-Easy Blues comp. Bob Mintzer
Home at Last comp. Walter Becker & Donald Fagen / arr. Steve Wright
Tow Away Zone comp. Thad Jones / arr. Mike Carubia

SJO Set #2 Repertoire

  1. Black Cow, arr. by John Higgins
  2. The Goodbye Look, arr. by Fred Sturm
  3. The Caves of Altamira, arr. by Kim Salkeld
  4. Aja, arr. by Allan Broadbent
  5. FM, arr. by Fred Sturm
  6. Walk Between the Raindrops, arr. by Brent Vaughan
  7. Black Friday, arr. by Fred Sturm
  8. I’ve Got the News, arr. by Silas Friesen
  9. Peg, arr. by Mike Tomaro

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