Under the direction of Dean McNeill the Saskatchewan Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is proud to help celebrate the SaskTel Jazz Festival’s 35th anniversary through this one-time-only gala concert featuring home grown Sk talent from multiple generations! Confirmed artists include Ted Warren (Drums), multi Juno award winner Jon Ballantyne (Piano), Al Muirhead (Trumpet), Juno award winner Mike Rud (Guitar), Ross Ulmer (Trombone), Sheldon Corbett (Sax), Barrie Redford (Trumept), Mark DeJong (Sax), plus a whole host of up and coming SK-based musical talent such as Erika Rybinski (Trombone), Spencer Krips (Trombone), Emmett Fortosky (Bass), Adam Streisel (Trumpet), The Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) & friends directed by Nick Fanner, and, many more soon-to-be-announced special guests! Repertoire for this concert will include excerpts from the Regina Jazz Society’s Western Canadian Music Awards-nominated CD "The Saskatchewan Suite: The Story of Us” composed by Fred Stride, and, the "Saskatchewan Suite" composed by Juno award-wining pianist/composer Oliver Jones. Jones’ SK Suite was commissioned by the SaskTel SK Jazz Festival to commemorate the festival’s 25 anniversary. This concert will also feature premiers of 2 original new works composed by Silas Friesen and Paul Suchan.
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