Jazz Ensemble

Jazzin it Up

A Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble Concert featuring the Halifax Regional Arts Senior Jazz Ensemble
Part of the See-More Series, presented by Canadian Student Living

Joseph Strug Concert Hall | 1385 Seymour St. Halifax NS
Nov. 29 | 7:30pm

Tickets on sale at dal.ca/artscentre

This concert is the product of a unique collaboration between the Fountain School of Performing Arts music students and Halifax’s next crop of passionate young musicians. The Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble warmly welcomes the Halifax Regional Arts Senior Jazz Band to join them on stage for a celebration of music. United by a profound love for music and an affinity for jazz, these young artists and their instructors embody the cyclical cultivation of musical talent that keeps our feet tapping and heads nodding along.

This collaboration is not only a testament to the upbringing of young talent, but to the open, communal nature of the Halifax music scene, a scene that thrives on interpersonal relationships, shared ideas and mutual cooperation.

Ensemble director Chris Mitchell is an engaging and innovative saxophonist. Heralded as one of Canada’s finest instrumentalists, Chris has contributed to the music scene in a number of diverse and exciting ways.  A versatile player, Chris is a sought after talent across a variety of genres performing with a myriad of artist’s including David Foster, Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Phil Woods, Kenny Wheeler, Jackie Richardson and Doug Riley to name a few.  Chris is currently touring with The Afro Cuban Jazz and Beyond Quintet which features Ignacio Berroa, Hilario Duran, Roberto Occhipinti and Jorge Luis Torres. Chris has toured extensively in North America, Europe and in Asia and has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras across Canada.  His extensive experience as a performer, composer and arranger has culminated in the production of four solo instrumental albums to date.  As a result of his 1997 release The Witches of Redbeard featuring jazz icon Phil Woods the Chris Mitchell Quintet was the recipient of the prestigious Prix De Jazz DuMaurier performing at the 1999 Montreal Jazz Festival.  As a sideman Chris has also recorded with numerous Juno and ECMA winning artists.  Currently active in various musical groups, Chris also holds a long-time Faculty position at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University in Halifax.