Big Band Series: SJS Jazz Education Workshop featuring Al Kay & Ashley Summers

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:00 pm

nov 26 AAParticipating ensembles work under the guidance of world-class musician/educators, Al Kay and Ashley Summers. Watch for the pros to “sit in” as workshop bands take the stage at the Bassment each night. Saturday night’s final set will showcase the talents of both Al Kay and Ashley Summers. YouTube
$10/15 Get Tickets


Generously supported by title sponsors St. John’s Music and Yamaha Canada. Other sponsors are the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Band Association, Sask Culture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Musicraft, SJS, U of S Department of Music, U of S EMAP, and Great West Brewing.

Blues Series: Jack Semple (Regina) B.B. King Tribute

Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:00 pm

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Temporarily trading his trusty Fender Stratocaster for his somewhat dusty Gibson 335, Jack Semple brings his B.B. King Tribute back to town. Possibly the best show at Club Jazz during this year’s Jazz Festival, the Tribute will feature all of B.B.’s hits interpreted by one of Canada’s most gifted musicians. YouTube

$23/28   NO FREE PASSES   Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Scott Richmond

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8:00 pm

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The songs of Scott Richmond draw heavily on the country music of his rural Saskatchewan youth as well as his years spent travelling in Latin America and the southern United States. Scott’s 2014 debut album, Come What May, is a collection of emotionally charged folk songs and was recorded in Nashville under the guidance of noted of producer/engineer Gabe Masterson. YouTube

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Root Series: Current Swell (Victoria, BC) with The Cave Singers

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 8:00 pm

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With a first place prize of $100,500 at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project and sold-out headlining tours of Brazil and Europe, Current Swell is one of the bright lights on the Canadian musical landscape. Singer-guitarists Scott Stanton and David Lang, drummer Chris Petersen and bassist Ghosty Boy, return to The Bassment to play selections from their five critically-acclaimed CDs. The Cave Singers play the opening set.

$23/28 Get Tickets
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Piano Series: Saskatoon Food Bank PianoThon

Friday, December 11, 2015, 4:30 pm

dec 11 PianoThonThe Food Bank PianoThon offers you an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause while listening to a plethora of Saskatoon piano players: Fred Ballantyne, Brett Balon, Bryn Becker, Jesse Brown, Sheldon Corbett, Grant Currie, Neil Currie, Maurice Drouin, Irene Elliot, Don Griffith, Martin Janovsky, Marion Mendelsohn, Ross Nykiforuk, Ken Pizurny, Kim Salkeld, Melodie Stephanson, Ray Stephanson, and Matt Wolsfeld.

Suggested Donation: $10 or two non-perishable food items
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Jazz Singer Series: Maurice Drouin’s Jazzy Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

dec 12 13 Maurice DrouinThe most entertaining musician in town, Maurice Drouin surrounds himself with the best musicians he can find. The result is a pleasing variety show featuring wonderful singers, musicians and stories, and all your favourite Christmas songs.

$25/35  NO FREE PASSES   Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Fiddle Series: Karrnnel and Friends

Friday, December 18, 2015, 9:00 pm

dec 18 Karrnnel #3Back for a Christmas visit, fiddle wizard, recording artist, teacher, producer, and composer, Karrnnel Sawitsky is changing the face of fiddle music. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Karrnnel has been playing fiddle for close to thirty years and has toured North America as part of the legendary Sawitsky Family Fiddlers and the ground-breaking virtuoso string group, The Fretless.

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Jazz Singer Series: Vesti & The Vexations

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 8:00 pm

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The Queen of Saskatoon Soul, Vesti Hansen, and partner Cam McConnell have been faithfully preaching the R&B gospel for over twenty-five years. Backed by a tight, four-piece rhythm section, two back-up singers, and a three-piece horn section, Vesti will belt out all the great R&B hits.

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: The Barrelmen

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 9:00 pm

Jan 2 The Barrelmen #2Faceoff specialist Berkeley Buchko, musical cowboy Jodi Geisbrecht, towering Tyler MacKenzie, and Mr. Handsome Craig Wilson are The Barrelmen. Saskatoon’s original country-folk-rock, back-porch troubadours, the Barrelmen take the stage for a night of songs, stories, and instrument swapping.
$17/22 Get Tickets
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Fiddle Series: Ellestad Wiik Duo (Norway)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 6 Ellestad Wiik DuoMoving from Canada to Norway in 2008, Hardanger fiddler Laura Ellestad immersed herself in traditional Norwegian fiddle music. She teamed up with Magnus Wiik, a guitarist with a specialty in American old-time music. Laura and Magnus have since built a unique repertoire of Norwegian and North American folk tunes.

$15/20 Get Tickets
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Blues Series: The BC Read Big Band

Friday, January 8, 2016, 9:00 pm

jan 8 BC ReadSaskatoon’s King of the Blues, BC Read brings his nine-piece powerhouse blues machine to the Bassment stage for a night of blues originals and classics. The band also features local heroes Dangerous Doug Scarrow (guitar) and the Mayor of Nutana, Sheldon Corbett (sax).

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Jazz Series: Lost In The Stars – A Tribute to Guido Basso featuring Dean McNeill and Chad Linsley

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 9 Dean McNeillJUNO Award winner and Member of the Order of Canada, Guido Basso is a Canadian jazz legend. Join Dean McNeill (trumpet/flugel horn), Arlan Kopp (drums), Gent Laird (bass), a local string quartet, and special guest, Montreal-based pianist Chad Linsley, for an evening of stimulating chamber ensemble music paying tribute to the undisputed leader of Canadian flugelhornists.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Big Stuff with Carla Carignan & Heidi Munro

Friday, January 15, 2016, 9:00 pm

jan 15 Big StuffTruly a “stacked deck” of some of the most seasoned and versatile musicians and vocalists in Saskatoon, Big Stuff recreates the innovative and formative sounds of Motown, R&B, and disco of the 70′s. Big Stuff is Carla Carignan, Tom Chunick, Sheldon Corbett, Glenn Ens, Greg Knowles, and Heid Munro.

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Jazz Singer Series: Gillian Snider & Neil Currie with EFUZE

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 16 Gillian NeilTwo of the city’s finest jazz singers, Gillian Snider and Neil Currie, join forces for a night showcasing inventive arrangements of jazz standards and unique vocal harmonies. Gillian and Neil will be backed-up by EFUZE which features Ben Christa (drums) and Lloyd Tomczak (bass).

$15/20 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Alex Cuba (Smithers, BC)

Friday, January 22, 2016, 9:00 pm

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Cuban born and raised, JUNO Award winner Alex Cuba came to Canada in 1994. With sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs, Alex’s music is a compelling blend of Latin and North-American pop and funk. Bring your dancing shoes.

$34/39    NO FREE PASSES    Get Tickets

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Presented by Roadside Attractions and the SJS

Jazz Travellers Series: Florian Hoefner Quartet (St. John’s, NL)

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:00 pm

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An award-winning jazz pianist and composer, German-born Florian Hoefner has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Florian is joined by Sam Anning (bass), Peter Kronreif (drums), and Seamus Blake (tenor sax).
$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country

Fiddle Series: Fiddle Feast

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Featuring some of the finest fiddle players in the country – JJ Guy, Nate Douglas, Troy MacGillivray, Gordon Stobbe, and Eric Wright – the Fiddle Feast guarantees your fiddle appetite will be satiated.

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Roots Series: Outside the Wall – Pink Floyd Tribute

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

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One of North America’s best Pink Floyd tribute bands, OTW returns for their annual two-night Bassment gig. Expect great vocals, blistering solos, and amazingly accurate renditions of Pink Floyd’s timeless classics.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Piano Series: Martin Janovsky Orchestra

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

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With a first-rate set list and some of the finest players in the province, Martin Janovsky’s Orchestra has become a Bassment favourite. The orchestra features vocalists Jana Janovsky and Kathryn Schulz as well as Sheldon Corbett (sax) and Rich McFarlane (guitar).

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: Còig (Cape Breton, NS)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:00 pm

feb 2 coigAn all-star ensemble of award-winning East Coast musicians, Còig (Ko-ig) is one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. Twin fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis are joined by multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen and pianist Jason Roach. Còig’s debut album, Five, won the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Catherine MacLellan (Summerside, PEI)

Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:00 pm

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The daughter of revered Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan, Catherine MacLellan returns to the Bassment accompanied by guitarist Chris Gauthier. Catherine will perform selections from her five albums, including the 2014 JUNO Award-winning The Raven’s Sun.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Presented by NorthAmericanaFest and the SJS

Jazz Singer Series: Broadway in Love 2

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8:00 pm

BroadwayLove snipSaskatoon Summer Players and the Saskatoon Jazz Society are once again teaming up to present Broadway in Love 2 in honour of Valentine’s Day. Calling on the talents of many local performers, Broadway in Love 2is a cabaret style performance featuring well-known love songs and songs about love from some of Broadway’s best musicals. Bring a loved one, and join in the singalong songs!                           $22/27 Get Tickets

Presented by Saskatoon Summer Players and the SJS

Roots Series: David Francey (Elphin, ON)

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, David Francey is a truly authentic folk singer with a discography of 9 critically acclaimed CDs documenting the lives of working people. A natural storyteller, Francey’s wry humour, astute observation, and openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.
$25/35 Get Tickets
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