Don Berner Sextet

Don Berner - saxophone

Doug Berner - trumpet

Audrey Ochoa - trombone

Rob Thompson - piano, keyboards

Marc Beaudin - bass

Sandro Dominelli – drums

The sextet features the compositional talents of all its members, all very capable bandleaders and composers in their own right. If you're a fan of the high energy, heavy swing, and intricate compositions of the groups of Dave Holland, Art Blakey, or the Marsalis Brothers, this is a band that carries on those traditions while engaging in new and original material composed in Edmonton!

Jazz icon Hugh Fraser has stated, "Don's talent as a great saxophonist is supported by his compositional and bandleading talents". 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."

In addition to appearing alongside such notable jazz luminaries as P.J. Perry, Bobby Shew, Hugh Fraser, Slide Hampton, Bob Stroup, Chucho Valdez, Lew Tabackin, Guido Basso, Tommy Banks and Hilario Duran. He has performed at a large number of jazz clubs and festivals throughout Canada, the U.S., and Hong Kong. Berner was co-producer of Edmonton's Yardbird Jazz Festival in 2005 and 2006 and can be heard on numerous CDs including his own debut CD "Sextet" and his critically acclaimed album "Fortress of Solitude". Berner maintains a busy performing, lecturing, and teaching schedule. In addition to occasional appearances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Berner is formerly the announcer and producer of "A Time For Jazz" on the CKUA radio network. He also regularly does commentary on the Edmonton jazz scene in his column "Jazz Standards" in Edmonton's SEE magazine. Berner was the director of the Jazzworks small group creative workshops for a number of years and regularly leads his own ensembles from big band to small ensemble.

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