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Jazz Ensemble

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.

There are positions available in this 20-piece large jazz ensemble for trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, saxes (i.e. soprano, alto tenor, bari), french horn, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vocals. Repertoire includes a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary jazz standards, as well as original compositions. Auditions are open to all U of S students.

For more information about the U of S Jazz Ensemble, click here. (PDF document)

2017/18 Audition Information (PDF document)

Fall Performances

#1) October 14, 2017

UofS Jazz Ensemble performs at Basement Jazz Club.

All concert information can be found at: http://thebassment.ca/event/the-u-of-s-jazz-ensemble/

 

#2) November 4, 2017

"The Masquerade Isn’t Over” Big Band dance

Manhattan Ballroom

Doors @ 7:00 PM Dance at 8:00 PM

$20.00

 

#3) November 24, 2017

“Semester end concert"

Quance Theatre, 28 Camus Drive, UofS Education Building.

Tickets available at the door $10/$5

5:30 PM

Uproar concert

Listen Up!

Click below to hear some recordings of the U of S Jazz Ensemble.

Like Something Else - comp/arr by Bill Prouten, released on 'Bumper Crop VI Continuance' in Spring 2015
  • Click here for a PDF version of the liner notes to 'Bumper Crop VI Continuance'

Into the Light - comp/arr by Fred Stride, released on 'Bumper Crop III Prairie Rhythms' in 2006

Liner Notes

Bumper Crop I

Bumper Crop II

Bumper Crop III

Bumper Crop IV

Bumper Crop V

Bumper Crop VI

Bumper Crop VI CD release party slideshow

 

Watch Out!

Scenes of Plains Peoples - 3rd Movement by Paul Suchan

University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble - "500 Years" with introductions

University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Is Sorry Enough

The University Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Rez Blues

University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Colours

University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - "500 Years"


 

Watch Out!

Scroll through the photo gallery below to see some pictures of the U of S Jazz Ensemble (and guests) in action.

U of S Jazz Ensemble