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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)

2016/17 Audition Information (PDF document)

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!

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