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)
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
Watch the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble play "Scenes of Plains Peoples," composed and arranged by Paul Suchan in April 2017
Scroll through the photo gallery below to see some pictures of the U of S Jazz Ensemble (and guests) in action.