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Nat King Cole 100th Birthday Celebration with Jens Lindemann & Matt Catingub and an All-Star Big Band

Nat King Cole 100th Birthday Celebration with Jens Lindemann & Matt Catingub and an All-Star Big Band

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Jens Lindemann – trumpet
Matt Catingub – vocals, sax and piano
Joel Gray, Dean McNeill and Bob Tildesley – trumpet
Al Jacobson and Ken Read – trombone
Jeremiah McDade – alto sax, Ray Baril – alto sax, Kent Sangster – tenor sax and Dave Babcock – baritone sax Chris Andrew – piano
Rubim de Toledo – bass
Sandro Dominelli - drums

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019
Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $32.00 for EJS members; $36.00 for non-members/guests


As the first classical brass soloist to ever receive the Order of Canada, Jens Lindemann is recognized as one of the most celebrated artists in his instrument’s history and was recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald). Jens has played both jazz and classical music in every major concert venue in the world. His awards and accolades are almost too numerous to mention what with Grammy and Juno nominations as well as awards from around the world and several honorary doctorates.

Lindemann is extremely well-known here in Edmonton, particularly for his collaborations with the late Tommy Banks and his long involvement with the Canadian Brass. Now based in Los Angeles as Professor with High Distinction at UCLA, Jens is also director of the summer brass program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Matt Catingub wears many hats: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, and arranger. He is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia, and has served as the artistic director and conductor for many other pops orchestras. He has conducted for artists such as Diana Krall, Yes, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, and numerous others. Matt has arranged the music in the orchestra libraries for diverse artists such as Kenny Loggins, James Ingram, Boz Scaggs, the Righteous Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Toni Tennille, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Toto, Pat Benatar, and many many others. He has also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, the Louie Bellson Big Band and the Toshiko Akiyoshi /Lew Tabackin Big Band.

Catingub wrote and performed the music for the George Clooney film “Goodnight and Good Luck” and won a Grammy for his soundtrack for the movie. Today, Matt is considered to be at the forefront of a new and innovative movement to reinvent Pops into a more fun and accessible format within a more informal and contemporary setting.

This event will be a celebration of Nat King Cole’s 100th birthday which just happens to fall on March 17th. There will also be a salute to Tommy Banks including a performance of “Reminiscence” which Jens and Matt Catingub recorded with Robi Botos in 2018 featuring an arrangement by Alan Gilliland.

There will be two sets for this evening of music with a short intermission between each set.

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