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Out of this World

2012 Juno nominee pianist Oliver Jones is a beloved and admired musician and musical ambassador. A legend in the international jazz community, he has toured tirelessly in Canada and around the world and has devoted much of his time to encouraging young Canadian musicians as they begin their careers, and we've got him on Soundxchange, recorded live at the Sask Jazz festival, plus a mischievous short story by Ven Begamudre, read by the ever-COPE-ing Greg Ochitwa.

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Listen to Oliver Jones Live in 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.  

To commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary this summer, Oliver returned to premiere a special composition called 'Saskatchewan Suite'. He composed the work especially for this performance.  The name of each movement in the suite cleverly references some aspect of the festival - from the historic Bessborough Hotel, to the wonderful Bassment Jazz Club, and even the festival's major sponsor, SaskTel.  

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.

Oliver's piano playing is brilliant, but what also shines through in this concert from Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre is his genuine and warm personality.  He is gracious, respectful of all the musicians sharing the stage with him, and embodies the very essence of a true gentleman.
























Ven Begamudré was born in Bangalore, India in 1956 and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was six. In addition to short stories and novels, Begamudré has written a biography of Isaac Brock for young adults, and has edited or co-edited a couple of literary collections. He has completed six writer-in-residence appointments including the Canada-Scotland Exchange. Begamudré has a degree in public administration from Carleton University and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.Play attention to the TITLE of the short story--Ven's a sneaky writer.













Greg Ochitwa is a going concern. Recovering Robin Hood, currently the writer/star of COPE, Soundxchange regular, and irrepressible rapper,Greg O keeps himself busy. And stylish.


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Our Art Spot today features Pat Grayston. She is the owner of Riverview Arts and is also one of the main organizers of the Parkland Artisan Tour.

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Pat's magical, and eco-efficient big red barn on the hill is a local landmark in Shellbrooke. 

Pots.jpgOwner-operator of the River View Arts, artist Pat Grayston produces distinctive horse-hair and pit fired pottery as well as teapots and other functional ware. She also has an intaglio press, both for her hand pulled prints and woodcuts. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and is a strong advocate for the arts and culture of the Parkland region.