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December 16, 2007

Jazz Saxophonist Don Berner at Cellar Jazz Tonight

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Don Berner Quintet
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Edmonton Saxophonist Leads Quintet For Vancouver Performance

If you’re in the Vancouver area, tonight’s Cellar Jazz performance features the Don Berner Quintet, led by Edmonton alto saxophonist Don Berner.

Considered one of Western Canada’s rising jazz saxophone stars and noted for his doubling skills, Berner leads the group including Joel Gray (trumpet), Rob Thompson (piano), Jamie Cooper (drums) and Marc Beaudin (bass).

A graduate of Grant MacEwan College’s music program in the 90’s, Berner has built a reputation for his full complement of technical, reading and compositional skills. His performance credits include sharing the stage at major venues throughout North America with such notables as P.J. Perry, Bobby Shew, Hugh Fraser, Slide Hampton, Bob Stroup, Chucho Valdez, Lew Tabackin, and Tommy Banks, and commercial talents E.C. Scott, Frankie Valley, and the Temptations.

Active in the Edmonton jazz scene, Berner was co-producer of Edmonton’s Yardbird Jazz Festival 2005/06, is the lead alto player in the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra and is currently the director of the 2007 Edmonton International Jazz Festivals jazzworks program. Berner can also be heard every Saturday afternoon on CKUA Radio. where he acts as host for the popular program A Time For Jazz.

His recording credits include jazz vocalist Dianne Donovan, blues-rock band Hot Cottage, and CBC feature recordings with the bands of Tommy Banks and Tilo Paiz. He has released two album as leader, his debut Sextet and his latest, Fortress of Solitude.

The Don Berner Quintet will appear one night only.

Sunday, December 16
Don Berner Quintet
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

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