Join the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) for an enriching and unique musical tribute with our concert, "When the Spirit Moves You: Ellington’s Sacred Music". This special event showcases the always evocative and borderline-sacred music of the legendary Duke Ellington, as interpreted by acclaimed Canadian conductor and friend of the SJO, Fred Stride.
We’re especially thrilled to have the opportunity to feature the breathtaking and award-winning Canadian vocal talent of Dee Daniels, along with the angelic voices of Saskatoon's Aurora Voce mixed choir. Together alongside the SJO, these vocalists will help to infuse Ellington’s music with modern vitality and depth.
Our carefully curated repertoire for the evening also incorporates a unique interpretation of the enduring jazz standard, "Body and Soul." This time-honored melody will be revisited and celebrated, honouring its place in jazz history while also marking International Jazz Day.
We hope you’ll join us to be a part of this unforgettable evening as we pay homage to the influential figures of jazz and explore the depth of this powerful music form that speaks to our minds, bodies, and souls.
This concert was made possible by the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Science Gail Appel Lecture Series in Literature and Fine Arts.
|Guest Artist / Solo Vocals
|Alto Sax 1/Soprano Sax
|Alto Saxophone 2
|Tenor Saxophone 1
|Tenor Saxophone 2
|Dr. Darrin Oehlerking
Aurora Voce Choir
Dr. Jennifer Lang
A Riff In Time - Comp./Arr. Fred Stride
Choose Me - Comp. Dee Daniels, Arr. Dennis Mackrel
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Comp. Harold Arlen; Johnny Mercer, Arr. Rob Pronk
Mid-life Crisis - Comp. Dee Daniels, Arr. Fred Stride
Love Ain’t Love Without You - Comp. Dee Daniels, Arr. Fred Stride
Samba With Me - Comp. Dee Daniels, Arr. Fred Stride
Let Freedom Ring - Comp. Dee Daniels, Arr. Dave Pierce, Ad. Dennis Mackrel
Don’t You Get Down On Your Knees To Pray - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Fred Stride
Something ‘Bout Believing - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Fred Stride
The Lord’s Prayer - Comp./Arr. Duke Ellington
Ninety-Nine Percent - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Fred Stride
Come Sunday - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Billy Strayhorn
Tell Me It’s The Truth - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Fred Stride
Praise God And Dance - Comp. Duke Ellington, Arr. Fred Stride