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The USask Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dean McNeill.

USask Jazz Ensemble: Timely Music

A concert featuring guest artist Alastair Kay


Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Quance Theatre, Education Building Room 1003, 28 Campus Dr., Saskatoon

Tickets: $20 general; $10 student | Purchase on Eventbrite or at the door

About this event

The University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble is honoured to welcome as our feature guest artist critically acclaimed trombonist virtuoso and Yamaha Artist Alastair Kay. The Bishop James Mahoney High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Amanda Gourlay, is our special guest.

Alastair Kay
Alastair Kay

Alastair Kay, retired Head of Brass at Humber College, is busy as a clinician, arranger, composer, and a virtuosic jazz and classical soloist. He has recorded and/or performed with hundreds of the very best artists and entertainers such as True North Brass, Ella Fitzgerald, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Tony Bennet, Guido Basso, Aretha Franklin, Maria Schneider, Frank Sinatra, Warren Vache, Slide Hampton, Lighthouse, Bill Watrous, Wayne Bergeron, and All Star Brass. Al performs regularly around Toronto with the bands of John MacLeod, Roberto Occhipinti, Hilario Duran, Phil Dwyer, Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, Alexander Brown, and his own 5 and 10 trombone jazz ensembles. He has also performed across Canada, U.S., Finland, Denmark, as a soloist with dozens of big bands, jazz ensembles, and orchestras. A busy studio musician, Al has played on hundreds of T.V. and radio jingles and themes, movies (trombone solo on the recent movie Tár with Cate Blanchett), records, CD’s and DVD’s. Al’s association as a Yamaha Artist has led him to Japan helping design the YSL 697Z/897Z trombones and the Al Kay Artist Model mouthpiece. He is greatly looking forward to working again with Dean and the USask Jazz Ensemble!

Under the direction of Dean McNeill, the USask 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.


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