Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra at Broadway Theatre
June 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, March 31st.
After four decades of musical accomplishments Duke Ellington began to create a series of concerts designed to express his deep spirituality. This was not a new found aspect to his life. Duke had always felt this way, but had rarely expressed these feelings in musical terms. In 1965, he combined new music along with some older pieces for a concert at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on September 16, 1965. This was the first of three Sacred Concerts.
Duke’s music for these sacred concerts, he did not consider these to be masses, is a blend of gospel music, blues, choral music, spoken word, dance and big band jazz. All of these elements melding into a uniquely Ellingtonian voice. “This music,” said Ellington “is the most important thing I’ve ever done, or am ever likely to do. This is personal, not career. Now I can say out loud to all the world what I’ve been saying to myself for years on my knees.”
Featuring Award-winning Canadian Conductor/Composer, Fred Stride, and the incomparably talented and internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Dee Daniels, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra joins forces with members of the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers to perform Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert music. Edited by Fred Stride this music has never been performed in Saskatchewan and it draws upon repertoire from a number of Ellington’s Sacred Concert performances. Long time Duke Ellington band members James Zollar (trumpet) and Brad Shigeta (trombone) join the SJO for this special one-time only concert to help celebrate the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s 30th anniversary!
Concert repertoire will also include works by Billy Strayhorn and it will feature 2016 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition Recipient, Barrie Redford (trumpet).