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October 11, 2009

Trumpeter Dean McNeill in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz, Canada

Dean McNeil

Jazz Is Presents
Trumpeter Dean McNeil
Fri & Sat, November 13 & 14
Irene Besse Steinway Hall, Calgary

Trumpeter to Perform with Jazz Is Resident Ensemble

The Jazz Is Society of Alberta presents trumpeter Dean McNeill November 13 & 14 at Irene Besse Steinway Hall as part of their 2009-10 concert season. Complementing the evening’s performance is Calgary Painter, Amy Dryer, who is showcasing her works influenced by the jazz scenes in both Calgary and Montreal.

Canadian trumpeter and composer Dean McNeill is equally known in the classical and jazz idioms. The Yamaha artist has composed and/or arranged music for brass quintet, symphony orchestra, large and small brass ensembles, jazz combo, and large jazz ensemble.

Dean has released two CDs as a leader, Prairie Fire-Large Jazz Ensemble Music, a compilation of McNeill’s original arrangements and compositions performed by an all-Canadian jazz ensemble of Hugh Fraser, Campbell Ryga, Mike Rud, Ted Warren, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Heriott, Brian O’Kane, Mike Downes, Greg Gatien, and many others; while Mélange: New Music for Trumpet and Piano is a jazz/classical hybrid of western Canadian classical repertoire performed by McNeill, acclaimed pianist Bonnie Nicholson and award-winning jazz pianist Jon Ballantyne.

Dean has performed with the Banff Centre Jazz Orchestra, Vancouver Jazz Orchestra, the Birth of the Cool Repertoire Project, the Art Blakey Tribute Project, and as a featured guest artist with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Crane School of Music Jazz Ensemble 1, Brandon University Jazz Ensemble 1, Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, and the University of Manitoba Jazz Ensemble 1. He’s also shared the stage with jazz notables such as Kenny Wheeler, Pat LaBarbera, P.J. Perry, Bobby Caldwell, Carol Welsman, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks and Campbell Ryga. Currently Dean directs the Metro Jazz Ensemble of Saskatoon.

In the classical idiom Dean has been a member of the Saskatchewan Brass Quintet, the Blue Bonnet Brass (Fort Worth, Texas), the Red Deer, Irving (Texas), and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, and as a soloist in numerous classical recitals in Canada and the U.S. He performed at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards and for numerous CBC Radio programs in both the classical and jazz realms.

A regarded educator, Dean sits as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan and is the recipient of the U of S Dept of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Awards.

Among his many other credits, Dean was Musical Director of the Texas Lone Star Film Awards, the Edmonton Jazz Society’s Little Bird Big Band, and the E.J.S.’s Jazz Works music workshop. His arrangements of the jazz standard All of You won an award from Downbeat Magazine for University Student Arrangement of the Year.

for more info visit www.deanmcneill.com

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