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June 10, 2008

Jazz Saxophonist Mark DeJong Releases Debut CD

Written by
cindy mcleod
Mark DeJong

CD Release
Mark DeJong The Unknown
June 20 & 21
Beat Niq, Calgary

DeJong Returns to Native Calgary to Celebrate CD Release

Jazz saxophonist Mark DeJong celebrates the release of his debut CD The Unknown (Chronograph Records) at Beat Niq on June 20 & 21 in Calgary.

DeJong will perform on tenor with the Outer Bridge Ensemble, with Steve Hudson (piano, Wurlitzer), Mike Noordzy (bass), Jerome Jennings (drums) and David Freeman (percussion).

The Outer Bridge ensemble, who also appears on the album, will be accompanying Mark as he showcases his new album in Calgary and opening for guitar legend John Scofield at the upcoming Saskatoon Jazz Festival.

The UnKnown was recorded at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn, New York and features original compositions by DeJong as well as two fresh takes on the classic jazz songs Smile and People Will Say We’re In Love.

Mark DeJong has been active as a performer and educator since graduating from the University of Calgary in 1991. While in Calgary he taught saxophone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory, acted as programmer for Beat Niq jazz club from its inception until 2000 and maintained a busy performing schedule with The Swinging Bovines saxophone quartet. After moving to Vancouver in 1998 to study with acclaimed sax teacher Stan Karp, Mark relocated to New Jersey in 2001 to pursue graduate jazz studies with master saxophonist Ralph Bowen. After completing his degree Mark returned to Canada to teach Jazz Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

During his three-year stint in New Jersey, Mark helped to form the Outer Bridge Ensemble, an all-original jazz quintet that has performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival as well as many New York clubs including the 55bar, the Knitting Factory, Detour and others. The Outer Bridge Ensemble has released two CD’s, toured western Canada with the assistance of Canada Council and has featured numerous guest musicians including trumpeter James Zoller, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and saxophonist Claire Daly. The group has third CD planned and recently completed a tour to Italy in March 2008. www.stevehudsonmusic.net

for more info visit www.beatniq.com

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