|SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival|
|Years active||1992 - present|
The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, branded as the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for title sponsorship reasons, is an annual outdoor music festival held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is largely held at the gardens of the Delta Bessborough hotel, and features performers representing a large number of genres--but particularly blues, folk, jazz, and other genres.
Second Avenue Grill, Saskatoon, and the Spadina Freehouse, Saskatoon are both hosting a series of jazz performances. 21st Street and Kiwanis Park south, Saskatoon as well as F.W. Hill Mall, Regina will host free performances.
Free stages hosted by the jazz festival which began in 1989.
TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive features clinics by Jazz musicians for aspiring high school students at the Broadway Theatre.
The Special Recognition Award is awarded for making significant contributions to Jazz of Saskatchewan or Canada. Since 1989 musicians, educators, or supporters have received this award.
|Special Recognition Award|
|1992||Bridge City Dixieland Jazz Band|
|2002||Dr. Ed Lewis|
|2003||Ray Dahlen Sound|
|2005||Broadway Bill Watson|
This feature of the Jazz festival features musical performances in special care homes for those who may not be able to attend the jazz festival venues.
The first sponsor of the Jazz festival was du Maurier Ltd, and the festival was only held in Saskatoon for a short run of only 5 days. Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, and Prince Albert are various venues which include performances. 2003 there was also performances held in Lloydminster. 2006 saw the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and was recorded as the second largest jazz festival of Western Canada with attendance of over 40000.