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It's a Jazz World (at least this week)


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 To wrap up a month of glorious Saskatchewan Jazz Festivals, and also to wrap up the 2012/13 season of SoundXchange, we are sitting in with the Metro Jazz Ensemble --as is jazz royalty, pianist Oliver Jones.


The Metro Jazz Ensemble was formed initially in 1999 as a Sunday evening rehearsal ensemble for many of Saskatoon's top professional musicians. The Metro Jazz Ensemble is now proud to be presenting professional performances throughout Saskatchewan as Saskatoon's premier large jazz ensemble.Over the past several years the Metro Jazz Ensemble has performed at Saskatoon's jazz club the Bassment (annually), Saskatoon's Fringe Festival, in conjunction with the Saskatoon Symphony (reception for symphony pops artist Oscar Lopez), as a guest ensemble at the Moose Jaw Music Festival (with guest artist and Juno award winner Brad Turner), on Radio Canada (remote broadcast from the Bessborough Hotel), as part of the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music's 2004-05 In Performance Convo Series (I.P.C.S.), multiple times for the International Music Day in Canada (sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians and the Saskatoon Musician's Association), with Theresa Sokyrka at her 2005 Centennial Auditorium CD release concert, and at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Broadway Theatre-Saskatoon) with Juno award winner Huge Frazer (2004), guest Calgary-based vocalist Rob Younge (2005), and with guest Saskatoon-based vocalists Gillian Snider and Dr. Neil Currie (2006), and at the SaskTel Jazz Festival (2008) with acclaimed Canadian vocalist Carol Welsman.

Dean McNeil decided to re-brand the Metro Jazz Ensemble last year.... they are now called the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra. They played on June 28 for the Sask jazz Fest at the Broadway Theatre with PJ Perry.

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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.  

He graciously sat in with the Metro Jazz Ensemble as part of a larger performance.  

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