December 16, 2023, 7:30 pm
Live at the Broadway Theatre
Join the SJO for a jazzy holiday celebration: delight in Ellington’s Nutcracker and more

About This Concert

Kick off the festive season with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) and the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) as they bring the magic of the holidays to life with our much-anticipated annual December concert, "My Favourite Things: The Nutcracker Suite & More!" This year, we are thrilled to once again present our unique jazzy interpretation of a timeless classic - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite.

In true holiday spirit, the concert will also feature a lively array of beloved seasonal favorites. Adding a sparkling touch to these traditional pieces will be the captivating voice of Sanjana Brijlall, a 19-year-old mezzo-soprano from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan who is delighted to be making her debut with the SJO this evening.

Under the musical direction of Dean McNeill, the SJO will take you on a memorable journey filled with nostalgic tunes, jubilant jazz rhythms, and the joyous spirit of the season. With enchanting melodies that celebrate the holiday spirit and the unparalleled talent of our artists, this concert promises to be an unforgettable holiday treat for jazz and music lovers alike.

This concert will also feature this season's first performance of the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Nick Fanner.

Our Supporters

This show is made possible by generous support provided by these organizations

Featured Artists

Brad Shigeta

Artist Bio

Sanjana Brijlall

(Prince Albert)
Artist Bio



Vocals Sanjana Brijlall
Flute Jennifer McAllister
Alto Sax 1 Gerard Weber
Alto Sax 2 Sarah Suchan
Tenor Sax 1 Nathan Degenhart
Tenor Sax 2 Sheldon Corbett
Bari Sax Doug Gilmour
Trumpet 1 Dean McNeill
Trumpet 2 Barrie Redford
Trumpet 3 Nick Fanner
Trumpet 4 Darrin Oehlerking
Trumpet 5 Ronan Inkster
Trombone 1 Brad Shigeta
Trombone 2 Jonathan Tait
Trombone 3 Don Schmidt
Trombone 4 Dawn McLean Belyk
Guitar Rory Lynch
Piano Paul Suchan
Bass Rhett Schroeder
Drums Luke Newman


Alto Sax Gwyneth Carlson
Alto Sax Sydney Burns
Tenor Sax Cassidy Letkeman
Tenor Sax Ian Fraser
Bari Sax Nathaniel Olson
Bari Sax Callie Sherdahl
Trumpet Bennett McCumber
Trumpet Rebecca Carlson
Trumpet Marie Levesque
Trumpet Kenny
Trumpet Oliver Malinski
Trombone Liam Noble
Trombone Ada DeLathouwer
Trombone Finn Sinclair
Trombone Edie
Trombone Ella Neufeldt
Trombone Lilith McGilp
Guitar Heather Ferguson
Piano Enna Ometlic
Bass Luke Stevens
Drums Cruise Dahlgrin
Drums Grayer Hardy


Set 1

The First Noel -  Arr. Bob Curnow (Jennifer McAllister - conductor)

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite - Comp. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Arr. Billy Strayhorn
- Overture
- Toot Toot Tootie Toot
- Peanut Brittle Brigade
- Sugar Rum Cherry
- Entr’acte
- Volga Vouty
- Chinoiserie
- Arabesque Cookie
- Dance of the Floreadores


The Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Comp. Johnny Marks, Arr. F. Comstock

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? - Comp. Frank Loesser, Arr. Jon Harpin (Keegan Isaac – vocalist)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree - Comp. Johnny Marks, Arr. F. Comstock

Set 2

Let it Snow! - Comp. J. Styne / S. Cahn, Arr. Roger Holmes

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Comp. Irving Berlin, Arr. Paul Weston

Here's To Life - Comp. Artie Butler (Sanjana Brijlall -  vocalist)

Ella Fitzgerald Christmas Medley  - Transc. & Arr. Allan Gilliland (Sanjana Brijlall -  vocalist)
- Sleigh Ride
- Frosty the Snowman

I Wonder As I Wander - Comp. John Jacob Niles, Arr. Allan Gilliland (Jennifer McAllister -  flute, Dean McNeill -  conductor)

My Favourite Things - Comp. Richard Rogers, Arr. Fred Stride (Darrin Oehlerking -  conductor)

Santa Claus Medley - Arr. Aaron Hettinga (Sanjana Brijlall -  vocalist, Darrin Oehlerking -  conductor)
- Here Comes Santa Claus - Comp. G. Autry, Arr. O. Halderman
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Comp. J. F. Coots, Arr. H. Gillespie

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