Don Berner Quartet

Friday, September 10 11:30am

Root 107

Don Berner Quartet

Juno Award winner P.J. Perry has called Don Berner “one of Canada’s fastest rising saxophone stars. Reads, doubles, solos, he does it all.” and jazz icon Hugh Fraser has stated ,”Don’s talent as a great saxophonist is supported by his compositional and band leading talents.” In addition to appearing alongside such notable jazz luminaries as P.J. Perry, Carol Welsman, Bobby Shew, Hugh Fraser, Slide Hampton, Bob Stroup, Chu Cho Valdez, Lew Tabackin, Guido Basso, and Tommy Banks, Hillario Duran and commercial talents E.C. Scott, Frankie Valley, and the Temptations, he has performed at numerous  jazz clubs and festivals throughout Canada and the U.S. He was a featured artist at the 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival and was nominated for the Galaxie Rising Star award and the TD Canada Trust Jazz award. He has also been nominated for numerous mayoral arts awards as well as an Edmonton music award, and a Western Canadian Music Award. He was one of the recipients of the 2013 Avenue Magazine “top 40 under 40” awards. Berner was co-producer of Edmonton’s Yardbird Jazz Festival from 2005-07 and can be heard on numerous CDs. He has performed at multiple embassies as well as leading his sextet to Mexico’s “Internacional Festival de Cervantino” and returning there to perform for the Canadian embassies “Canada week”. In addition, he has performed on numerous radio and TV specials and was the subject of one of CBC’s “Concerts on Demand” national broadcasts as well as being broadcast nationally live on “Tonic” and “Canada Live” on CBC. Berner was also formerly the announcer and producer of “A Time For Jazz”, heard every Saturday on CKUA, as well as the writer for the jazz column “Jazz Standards” in Edmonton’s “SEE Magazine”. He created and directed Edmonton’s “Horns for Hope” project working with the men’s recovery unit at the Hope mission for 6 years and in 2019 launched the first professional Big Band concert season in Edmonton.

Don Berner Quartet

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Friday, September 10 11:30am

Root 107
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