June 26, 2011: Latest
Dean McNeill and Metro Jazz Ensemble perform with pianist Oliver Jones
To commemorate the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival's 25th anniversary, pianist Oliver Jones premiered a special composition called Saskatchewan Suite, which he performed with Dean McNeill and Saskatoon's Metro Jazz Ensemble.
Click here to visit the CBC Music site and listen to the concert.
Twenty-five years ago, pianist Oliver Jones performed at the very first Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. Since then, the Montreal-born musician has become a Canadian jazz legend, recording twenty albums, winning a Juno Award, and becoming a Member of the Order of Canada.
For much of this concert Oliver and his trio members Eric Legacé on bass and drummer Jim Doxas pay tribute to the great Oscar Peterson. For the Saskatchewan Suite and a sampling of other tunes, Saskatoon's Metro Jazz Ensemble also joins the trio. This seventeen piece band is led by artistic director and trumpeter Dean McNeill and conducted by Roy Sydiaha.
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