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Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad Quintet celebrates George Coleman

Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad Quintet celebrates George Coleman

“With a robust tone and swinging, rhythmic propulsion, his-lines unwind fluidly, extending into the altissimo register… His solos are intelligent, but accessible, in part because of their tasty blues spicing.” ~ Glen Hall, Exclaim!


Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad is one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, Jodi Proznick’s quartet, and many other groups. Steve has released 3 CDs on the Cellar Live label to great acclaim including Straight Up featuring the Mike LeDonne Trio and the newest release, New York Afternoon with the Renee Rosnes Trio.

Learn more about Steve at http://www.stevekaldestad.com

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Originally from the prairies, Steve Kaldestad spent the ’90s in Montreal, obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degrees from McGill University. During this time Steve was awarded a grant to study with Lee Konitz in New York.

In 2000, he began an eight year stint in London, England and joined the Kate Williams Quartet, the Matt Wates Sextet, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the Gareth Lockrane Septet, and played regular gigs in the BBC big band, the Humphrey Lyttelton Group and others. He has also played and/or recorded with Renee Rosnes, Denzal Sinclaire, Mike LeDonne, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Bernstein, the Karl Jannuska Group, Kevin Dean and many others.

Steve now resides in Port Moody, BC and teaches at Capilano University. Steve is a D’addario artist and plays D’addario Select Jazz reeds on all his saxophones.

On trumpet, Chris Davis was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His musical roots are steeped in the Pentecostal church having played drums and organ alongside his brother, John. Davis continued in music mostly through church and school bands where trumpet became a primary interest. Following a two year stint at Florida State College at Jacksonville Davis became a show band musician for Norwegian Cruise Lines where he met his eventual partner. He soon after(2003) relocated to Vancouver, BC and he’s been a mainstay ever since – expanding his musical validity citywide, as well as country and worldwide. He has three records under his leadership. A Night Remembered – Cellar Live(2007), Baile Bonita – Cellar Live(2009) and This Christmas – BJR(2011).

In 2014 Davis became a touring member of the Grammy-Nominated soul package, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. He appears on trumpet and piano on Soul of A Woman – Daptone Records. Currently Davis is refocused on producing new music both for himself as well as others. He is also a frequent guest musician in Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – CBS.

Chris has performed for numerous television productions including the Grammys, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Espys, The Mark Twain Prize, The NFL Honors, and the White House. Some artists that Chris has recorded and/or performed with are: Aloe Blacc, Leon Bridges, Mac Miller, Derek Trucks, Michael Bublé, John Legend, The Roots, Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, Sturgill Simpson, Mavis Staples, Jon Batiste, Chromeo, Johnny Mathis, The Heavy, Don Rickles, Frankie Valli, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joey Defrancesco, and many many more…

Brad Turner (M.Mus University of North Texas, 1992) is a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer who is one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed jazz musicians.

After receiving his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 1992, Turner returned to Vancouver, and was hired as an instructor of trumpet at Capilano University (then Capilano College).

Brad has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Michael Moore, Reneé Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Peggy Lee, Dave Douglas, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner, Mino Cinelu, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Phil Dwyer, Roy McCurdy, Harold Mabern and Ernie Watts. Brad’s groups have opened for McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Ahmad Jamal and Tony Bennett.

As a leader, Turner has released ten albums, eight as a trumpeter with the Brad Turner Quartet, and two as a pianist with his trio. As a founding member of the multiple juno award winning group Metalwood, he has released six albums.

In 1997 and 1998 Brad won Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and again in 2017 for Best Jazz Album recognizing his work in the internationally acclaimed electric jazz group Metalwood.

Winner of National Jazz Awards for Jazz Composer of the Year (2000 and 2002), Brad was awarded Musician of the Year for 2005, and was a recipient of 2006 Victor Lynch- Staunton Prize for excellence in musical achievement.

In 2008 and again in 2009, Brad took home National Jazz Awards for Trumpeter of the Year and Producer of the year, and was the recipient of the 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for music.

Brad has been a member of the jazz studies faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C., since 1992.

Bassist Conrad Good started his music studies on cello when he was five. At ten, Conrad took a dive into the deep end and started studying double bass. It wasn’t long until he became interested in playing jazz. Conrad continued his classical studies, playing concerto performances with a youth orchestra and his high school symphony. Since graduating from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University with a Jazz Performance degree, Conrad has played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and Phil Dwyer’s Vancouver Island Jazz Fest. Conrad is a winner of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Trust and a scholarship from the Schulich School of Music. Conrad is currently living in London, Ontario.  He is collaborating with Ellen Doty, and others.

Drummer Jesse Cahill started playing drums at a young age and worked his first professional gigs at 16 in restaurants and clubs in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1993 he moved to Montreal to study music at McGill University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance (with distinction).

While Jesse’s freelance resume boasts an extensive list of Canadian and international names it is his long term musical collaborations with west coast artists that have resulted in his most notable work. He has appeared on dozens of recordings with western Canadian musicians including Jodi Proznick’s Juno nominated CDs Foundations (2007) and Sun Songs (2018), Cory Weeds’ Juno nominated Up a Step (2012), and Jerrold Dubyk’s WCMA Jazz Album of the Year The Maverick (2008). Jesse has also released three albums with his own group The Nightcrawlers and has been a regular member of rockabilly power trio Cousin Harley for nearly two decades.

Jesse is a dedicated educator and currently enjoys a busy teaching schedule at The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in downtown Vancouver.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

8:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Main Theatre Seating


Steve Kaldestad - tenor saxophone
Chris Davis - trumpet
Brad Turner - piano
Conrad Good - bass
Jesse Cahill – drums


SelectricityYukon Arts CentreCellar Music Group

SponsorsGovernment of YukonCity of WhitehorseLotteries YukonGovernment of CanadaYukon Arts Centre Air North, Yukon's AirlineCellar Live Hougens Group