Expired The Music of Michael Brecker

  •  Friday, Nov 10th, 2023
     7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Presented by MusicConnect & JazzYYC

Featuring Gil Goldstein, Mark DeJong, and the MusicConnect Chamber Orchestra 

Special VIP Event tickets available (available at checkout) – Pre-show cocktails and artist meet and greet starting at 6:30pm.

Michael Brecker was one of the 20th century’s most influential American jazz saxophonists. An incredible 11-time Grammy winner, his deep understanding of the music of Coltrane was applied to jazz-fusion and pop music in the 1970s and 80s, with credits and appearances on records from the late 1960s.  

He has credit on over 900 albums with musicians as diverse as Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, James Brown, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Funkadelic, Steely Dan, John Lennon, Elton John, Jackson Brown, and James Taylor, and in the jazz universe with influencers Chick Correa, Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Papo Vasquez.  

He had several bands including the jazz-rock band Dreams, the 15-piece Quindectet, a band with his brother, Randy, with the hit Score, the band Steps Ahead, and a band with his family called Brecker Brothers.  

Michael Brecker died on January 14, 2007, at the age of 57 in New York. MusicConnect and JazzYYC are proud to present a retrospective of his amazing career and body of work featuring Gil Goldstein, Mark DeJong, and the MusicConnect chamber orchestra.  

Gil Goldstein is a renowned five-time Grammy-winning American jazz pianist, accordionist, composer, and producer. As a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the group, Elements, he has toured the world and shared the stage with everyone from Richard Galliano to the Blues Brothers.  

Mark DeJong is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader and currently teaches at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Calgary, (BMus) and jazz performance from Rutgers University (MMus)

Active as a performer and clinician throughout North America, Mark has numerous recording credits and appearances at festivals across the country. He is the leader of Redline Trio, and was recently featured as a soloist with Sarah Slean and the Calgary Philharmonic, Laila Biali, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony, as well as with the Shuffle Demons in Panama and Cuba. He appeared as a feature artist at the World Expo in Shanghai China, as well as the  Blue Note (NY. Over the course of his career he has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Lenny Pickett, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Caity Gyorgy, Campbell Ryga, Ian Tyson, Wayne Newton, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and many others.


The MusicConnect Chamber Orchestra features musicians from across Alberta, Canada, and the World.

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Band members

Gil Goldstein (Florida), composer/accordion/keyboard
Mark DeJong, (Calgary), saxophone
Andre Wickenheiser (Calgary), trumpet
Joel Gray (Edmonton), trumpet
Carsten Rubeling (Calgary), trombone
Daniel Nava (Calgary), bass
Brett Hansen (Edmonton), guitar
Sanah Kadoura (Toronto), drums
Katrina Kwantes (Calgary) - english horn/oboe
Jia Jia Li (Calgary), flute
Cedric Blary (Calgary), bass clarinet
Lauria Matiation, french horn
Luis Tovar (Calgary), percussion
Genevieve Micheletti (Calgary), violin
Diane Lane (Calgary), violin
Liza Scriggins-Lowry (Calgary), viola
Andrea Case (Calgary), cello

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