The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra meets David Braid

On October 4, 2015 at 7:30pm, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will be sharing the stage of the Broadway Theatre with Juno Award-winning pianist and composer, David Braid. This concert will feature music by Braid as part of his Fall 2015 artist residency at the College of Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

After several years of seeing David Braid live in Saskatoon, this will be my first time performing with him. I can still remember the first time I saw Braid on a cold January evening at the Bassment jazz club in Saskatoon in 2011. Without really knowing who he was, I planned on writing a concert review on Braid’s performance for my Jazz Improv course at the U of S. I couldn’t believe how well his compositions seamlessly blended traditional jazz with his early classical training. Each piece had the presence of a vivid painting or a captivating novel and I was equally charmed by his humble personality when I spoke with him after the concert.

This upcoming concert with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will premiere a multi-movement suite for jazz orchestra, a piece for string orchestra and piano, as well as a chamber cantata for male voice and reduced jazz ensemble. The SJO will also perform traditional and contemporary works for jazz ensemble. Tickets can be purchased online at or directly at the Broadway Theatre. This concert will be a prime example of the SJO’s vision to present traditional and modern jazz perspectives.

Visit to learn more about the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, led by Saskatoon’s own Dean McNeill.