We have a working theory…That many humans in the dead of winter would enjoy 1 night to hear 4 big bands playing jazz! Join us for the first-ever meeting of the bands featuring the UofS Jazz Ensemble, Stone Frigate Big Band, Footnotes Big Band and Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra. 2 fun filled sets of music with 2 bands per set, January 28, 2023! We’ve subtitled this concert 'Latin Nights’ to provide a bit of theme for the event. Come enjoy music from Saskatoon created especially for Winterruption 2023!
MEET THE BANDS:
The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is committed to presenting high caliber professional large jazz ensemble music to the city of Saskatoon and beyond. Through programming and featuring celebrated local, national, and international jazz talent, the SJO also creates professional development opportunities for Saskatchewan’s own established and emerging jazz musicians from across the province. While some SJO concerts are stylistically retrospective, others are visionary. Some explore multi-disciplinary components. All our concerts feature important current and emerging musicians whose professional work intersects with the large jazz ensemble idiom.
Under the direction of Dean McNeill, the U of S Jazz Ensemble has toured western Canada, northern USA, and Quebec, and has commissioned and premiered many new works for the contemporary large jazz ensemble idiom. This ensemble has released 6 CDs in their ‘Bumper Crop’ series and has performed in venues such as Edmonton’s acclaimed Winspear concert hall. The U of S Jazz Ensemble has performed with many acclaimed guest artists, including Jens Lindeman, Campbell Ryga and Slide Hampton.
The Footnotes Big Band is a local ensemble comprised of talented young musicians who share a love of modern jazz music. The group focuses on performing new works arranged and composed by the band members. This Big Band is part of the Footnotes Jazz Collective, a music project created by Rhett Schroeder in the spring of 2020 to showcase different ensembles.
The Stone Frigate Big Band brings the big band sound to a playlist that features the greatest hits of the swing era and the American Songbook, alongside R&B and pop music favourites and well-known Latin and jazz charts. The Stone Frigate Big Band was formed in October 1995 at HMCS UNICORN, Saskatoon’s Naval Reserve Division, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s “stone frigates”. Over the years we have played at public and private functions at locations around Saskatchewan that include Club Jazz at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, The Bassment, TCU Place, a number of hotel ballrooms and the Dekker Theatre in North Battleford. We have been regulars at Danceland, the famed swing-era dance hall at Manitou Beach, for over a decade.