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Dean McNeill's Lost in the Stars

Dean McNeill's Lost in the Stars

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The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957.  It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is  an intimate,…

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Edmonton Jazz Society presents THE BEST OF ALBERTA JAZZ SERIES From Saskatoon and Edmonton featuring DEAN MCNEILL'S LOST IN THE STARS - MUSIC FOR TRUMPET, FLUGELHORN, STRINGS, & RHYTHM SECTION on Saturday September 30, 8 pm at the Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way

Dean McNeill - flugelhorn
Chris Andrew - piano
John Taylor - bass
Jamie Cooper - drums

Kate Svrcek, Neda Yamach - violin 1
Christine Yu, Alison Stewart - violin 2
Miriam Ferguson - viola
Ian Woodman - cello

An Edmonton native and now a longtime resident of Saskatoon, Dean McNeill is a versatile trumpet player/composer who regularly performs in both the classical and jazz idioms as a soloist and as an ensemble leader. He was the second director of the Edmonton Jazz Society’s Littlebirds Big Band in the 1990s and has been a full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan for many years.

On the classical side, McNeill was featured as a guest soloist of the New Edmonton Wind Sinphonia’s composition “Kalla” by Allan Gilliland which won the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Composition award.

One of his many jazz projects was the CD “Complete Rebirth of the Cool”, a project headed by composer Jeff Presslaff, which created new repertoire as inspired by Miles Davis' landmark recording “Birth of the Cool”. This project was successfully presented at the Yardbird Suite by McNeill and Presslaff.

He has performed alongside many notable musicians such as Tommy Banks, Jon Balantyne, David Braid, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, Mark Frewer, Hugh Fraser, Wycliffe Gordon, Kelly Jefferson, Molly Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Oliver Jones, Jens Lindeman, Bob Mintzer, P.J. Perry, Denzal Sinclaire, Brad Turner, and Carol Welsman, among others.

This very special evening of intimate music features arrangements by Phil Dwyer (from Guido Basso’s Juno Award winning CD “Lost in the Stars”) as well as selections by Juno Award winning composer David Braid. A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the Joy McNeill Music Scholarship.


Tickets are $28, plus applicable fees.

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