Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest
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|SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival|
|Years active||1992 – present|
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is an annual outdoor music, food and fun event in the province of Saskatchewan hosted by Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Inc. (SJF). Normally staged during June, it is host to a range of Canadian and International jazz musicians who travel from across the world to take part. You are likely to encounter everything from Big Band, Rhythm and Blues, Dixieland, Reggae, blues, R&B, gospel music, folk music, funk, soul, classic quartet jazz, hip hop, groove, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional. In addition to the Saskatoon Delta Bessborough Hotel garden events, the Festival also holds various night concerts at other venues. The festival is a major tourism destination.
Second Avenue Grill, Saskatoon, and the Spadina Freehouse, Saskatoon are both hosting a series of jazz performances. 21st Street and Kiwanis Park south, Saskatoon as well as F.W. Hill Mall, Regina will host free performances.
- Jeff Heatley Blues Band
- Jon Ballantyne
- Orquesta Energia
- Herbie Fully Loaded Hancock Quartet
- Oliver Jones Trio
- Christine Jensen
- Cadence Weapon w/ DJ Weez-L
- DJ Champion
- Joshua Redman
- Solstice Brunch
- Robin Anton Nolan Trio
- Marianne Trudel Quintet
- Kiran Ahluwalia
- Freddy Cole Quartet
- Jens Winther Quintet
- Dione Taylor Quartet
- Big Dave McLean
- Oral Fuentes Reggae Band
- Sean Viloria & Jeta Grove
- Buddy Guy
- Oscar Lopez
- Steve Hudson Outer Bridge Ensemble
- BC Read Big Band
- Angie Tysseland's Refiner's Fire
Free stages hosted by the jazz festival which began in 1989.
TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive features clinics by Jazz musicians for aspiring high school students at the Broadway Theatre.
The Special Recognition Award is awarded for making significant contributions to Jazz of Saskatchewan or Canada. Since 1989 musicians, educators, or supporters have received this award.
|Special Recognition Award|
|1992||Bridge City Dixieland Jazz Band|
|2002||Dr. Ed Lewis|
|2003||Ray Dahlen Sound|
|2005||Broadway Bill Watson|
Jazz Outreach Project
This feature of the Jazz festival features musical performances in special care homes for those who may not be able to attend the jazz festival venues.
The first sponsor of the Jazz festival was du Maurier Ltd, and the festival was only held in Saskatoon for a short run of only 5 days. Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, and Prince Albert are various venues which include performances. 2003 there was also performances held in Lloydminster. 2006 saw the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and was recorded as the second largest jazz festival of Western Canada with attendance of over 40000.
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