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Give a hand to our local musicians

Give a hand to our local musicians
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One of the many groups of local musicians that band together to support acts like Elly Thorn on stage at the jazz festival. (Britainy Zapshalla)

Its no secret, I love the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, I always have. The idea that you can run around downtown Saskatoon at anytime in the evening and experience live music is magical. While most of the hype and accolades go to the big names, Ms. Lauren Hill, Metric and City and Colour, there’s a small army of other musicians that are busier than you can imagine.

Exhibit ‘A’ – Graham Tilsley

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A snapshot of bassist Graham Tilsley’s schedule. (Facebook)

 

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Graham Tilsley proudly shows off his new bass that arrived just in time for the festival. (Facebook)

These players, like Tilsley, go where ever they are needed. Like a musical superman they swoop in if someone gets sick, they form the backbone of many local groups and often they are the soundtrack behind those fancy parties before and after the main stage shows.

As Tilsley explains in his Facebook post above, “It’s work but it’s worth it because I get to collaborate with some really outstanding musicians!”

 

“It’s work but it’s worth it because I get to collaborate with some really outstanding musicians!”

I dare people who think it’s all just fun and parties to try and keep pace with these guys. Remember, they’re not going to one show and sleeping it off. They have to keep pace for the full 10 days.

 

Exhibit ‘B’ – Sheldon Corbett

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Veteran of the festival, Sheldon Corbett often has several gigs in one day. (Facebook)

 

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Saxophonist Sheldon Corbett on a break between sets at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. (Britainy Zapshalla)

Big or small, Sheldon Corbett plays them all. This saxophonist plays just about every genre and every venue at the festival. His family knows that if they want to see him over the 10 days, then they better come and see a show. “I don’t think to far in advance. I just take one day at a time,” says Corbett when asked how he keeps up this kind of pace.

So while it’s fantastic that you jump at the chance to check out the main stage, I encourage you to go and explore the pocket parks, the restaurants, the free stage. This is where you’ll find my festival heros ready to save to world one song at a time. Clap a little louder, will ya?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britainy Zapshalla With more than 15 years as an arts reporter at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla considers herself not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan’s entertainment scene. She’s a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon and loves to help people plan their weekends with Brit’s Picks.

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