Canadian National Jazz Orchestra: Premiere Performance

Thu April 28, 2022 - 7:30 PM
Canadian National Jazz Orchestra: Premiere Performance

Arts Commons Presents
TD Jazz
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Canadian National Jazz Orchestra: Premiere Performance

Conceived and produced right here in Calgary, the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra is a brand-new project showcasing the best in Canadian jazz, including musicians, composers, and arrangers. Canada has a rich history of developing elite jazz talents since the beginning of the art form, but there has never been a country-wide uniting of jazz artists on this scale. The Canadian National Jazz Orchestra will bring together our best from every corner of the nation to celebrate our world-class musicians in a manner that embodies their unique Canadian perspective and talents – together, on the same stage.

Under the artistic direction of multiple award-winning and world-renowned big band leader Christine Jensen, the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra will perform classic compositions, as well as new work inspired by the Canadian experience. Canadian National Jazz Orchestra: Premiere Performance will feature new works composed by Christine Jensen, Philippe Côté and Marianne Trudel from Quebec, Brian Dickinson from Ontario, Derrick Gardner from Manitoba, renowned expat Darcy James Argue based in New York and Jaelem Bhate – the inaugural Canadian National Jazz Orchestra Emerging Composer – from British Columbia.

Join Arts Commons Presents and the TD Jazz series to celebrate our homegrown jazz talent together on one stage, bringing the best that our country has to offer to the Jack Singer Concert Hall.


"[Christine Jensen is] an original voice on the international jazz scene...one of Canada's most compelling composers." - Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail.  

"Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” - Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine  


Part of the TD Jazz series presented by Arts Commons Presents.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

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Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.

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