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Royal WoodRoyal Wood, Joe Lovano Classic Quartet, Jacky Terrasson Trio, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra presents Ellington's Sacred Concert featuring Dee Daniels and Fred Stride and Corey Harris join the lineup.

More details from SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (www.saskjazz.com):

SASKATOON, March 16, 2016 - The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, running from June 24 to July 3, 2016, is pleased to add another four artists to the opening weekend. Canadian artist, Royal Woodopens the festival at the Broadway Theatre with supporting act Crestwood with Theresa Sokryka. GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist, Joe Lovano and his Classic Quartet, take to the Broadway Theatre stage on Saturday, July 2nd. The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra presents Ellington's Sacred Concert featuring Dee Daniels and Fred Stride on Saturday, June 25th at the Broadway Theatre. The Bassment welcomes New York based pianist, Jacky Terrasson, with his trio on opening night and blues master, Corey Harris, on June 25th. 

Tickets go on sale for all shows at 10am on Tuesday, March 22nd. They will be available at saskjazz.com/tickets, the Festival Box Office at 701-601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK (7th Floor of the Delta Bessborough Hotel) or by calling 306.652.4700

These announcements compliment shows already released, including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Metric, and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Individual tickets and the Weekend Bundle for these shows are already on sale to the general public. View our February 24th Media Release.


Friday, June 24th | $35 early bird, $45 regular, $55 day of | Broadway Theatre | 8PM | Opener: Crestwood and Theresa Sokryka 
A large part of Royal Wood's success has been built the old fashioned way - through word of mouth and constant touring. Having proven himself the consummate performer, he has laid the foundation for his career writing honest music to much critical acclaim. His latest release, Ghost Light, features Royal playing on almost 90% of the record, with accompaniment artists like Hannah Georgas and Felicity Williams (Bahamas) adding their special blend of talents to his sound. The result is an album that exudes raw emotion and emanates a feel of the songwriters of the sixties and seventies. Royal Wood played two sold out shows at the 2014 festival. 


Saturday, July 2 | $45 early bird, $55 regular, $65 day of | Broadway Theatre | 8PM | Opener: Don Griffith Trio
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” GRAMMY award-winning saxophone giant, Joe Lovano, has distinguished himself for three decades as a pathfinding force in the arena of creative music. He has earned praise not just for his compelling saxophone tone and improvisational ability, but also for his forward-thinking presentation of new musical ideas and ensemble concepts.

Since 2009, Lovano’s main vehicle for his exploration has been, Us Five, a dynamic young band, which features drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and pianist James Weidman. The band’s most recent release the GRAMMY nominated, Bird Songs, is an exploration of the Charlie Parker songbook. In 2011, the Jazz Journalist’s Association (JJA) named, Bird Songs,Recording of the the Year and named, Us Five, Small Ensemble of the Year. Lovano has also received the JJA’s Musician and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year awards, and DownBeat’s Jazz Artist and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year awards.

Lovano's Classic Quartet features Lawrence Fields on percussion, Peter Slavov on bass, and Lamy Istrefi on drums. 


Friday, June 24 | $30 early bird, $35 regular, $40 day of | The Bassment | 8PM 
Jacky Terrasson, the most widely travelled of all jazz pianists, is the “piano player of happiness”, according to Telerama magazine in France. He is an exhilarating musician, one of those who play their public straight to euphoria.

Born in Berlin, of an American mother and a French father, he grew up in Paris. He started to learn the piano when was 5 and after studying classical piano in school, he studied jazz, in particular with Jeff Gardner. His encounter with Francis Paudras (whose movie, “Round Midnight”, tells the moving story of a lasting friendship with Bud Powell) played an important role his initiation into jazz. Jacky then went to the United States to attend the Berklee College of Music. In 1993, after winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award, he began touring with Betty Carter. He then decided to move to New York, where he still lives today.

Exactly one year after his triumph in the Thelonious Monk competition, the New York Times Magazine introduced Jacky as one of the 30 under 30, that is to say one of the 30 artists most likely to change American culture in the next 30 years. He then signed with the prestigious Blue Note label.

The Jacky Terrasson Trio features Buniss Travis III on bass, Jamire Williams on drums, and Jacky Terrasson on piano.


Saturday, June 25 | $40 early bird, $50 regular, $60 day of | Broadway Theatre | 8PM 
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).


Saturday, June 25 | $20 early bird, $25 regular, $30 day of | The Bassment | 8PM 
Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris’ maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music. 

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