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Mark R DeJong

Accomplished, professional, creative. Consistently demonstrates high level of achievement in numerous contexts. Open to change and facilitates diversity. Demonstrates success in artistic creation, performance, presentation, programming, assessment


Passion for the performing arts

I have managed a successful career as a performer in music for close to 30 years. During that time I have gained experience in virtually every aspect of music including performance, education, presentation, jazz improvisation, composition, arranging and doubling (flute/clarinet). The diversity of my experience has allowed for a creative and satisfying cross-fertilization of personal development that leaves me open to new challenges and career paths.

Recent feature performances

• 2019 - Various Redline Trio concerts with guests Brandi Disterheft, David Braid, Mike Rud, and poet/author Quincy Troupe • 2018 – Saskatoon Symphony presents “Both Sides Now’ – The music of Joni Mitchell with Sara Slean (vocals) – feature soprano saxophone soloist • 2018 – The Shuffle Demons – guest saxophonist on tour for feature performances at Panama Jazz Festival, and Havana Jazz Festival • 2017 – The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – guest Canada 150 Suite premiere and live recording

Performing member of ensembles • 2017 – present – Redline Trio; feature performer/band leader of with weekly appearance at Betty Lou’s Cocktail Bar, Calgary • 2012 – present – Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble; founding member/performer - – Calgary’s newest contemporary big band has featured guests including NY saxophonist Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Brad Turner and James Zollar • 2001 – present – Outer Bridge Ensemble; founding member/performer - Featured guest artists included: James Zollar, David Braid, Oscar Noriega, Steven Bernstein, Brandi Disterheft Outer Bridge Ensemble highlights include:

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Reviews of the Outer Bridge Ensemble...“...the band shades its work with sounds from the East...ragas, Klezmer, and Balkan soul...as well as a nod to downtown NYC folk in the form of a tribute to Phillip Glass. The stylistic elements are woven into the fabric of the music that gives the ensemble a distinctive sound. That translates into pulsating rhythmic groove...they swing, yet with a certain Old-World charm...” Cadence Magazine “.... their mature chemistry and adventurous sounds are evident on their latest release, Seamless....” Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Reviews of “The Unknown” “...The Unknown” focuses on the power of Mark’s tenor saxophone, whose sound remains in the foreground during the epic creations on the album

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Sonny Rollins
Miles Davis
Paul Desmond
saxophone, alto
Stan Getz
saxophone, tenor
Joe Henderson

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