Education Bio
Kent Sangster completed a B.A. Hons in Jazz Performance degree from St.Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia in 1989. Then completed a Master Degree in Studio Jazz writing at the University of Miami in 1991. During this time Kent was Graduate assistant and taught classed in jazz improvisation, private saxophone lessons and direct a variety of ensembles.

Kent has been a faculty member of Grant MacEwan College since 1992, during which time he has taught first year Ear Training, Theory, private lessons, Literature and Style I, II, second year arranging I & II, Wind Ensemble I, II. In addition Kent is a busy clinician having worked at Music Fest Canada, the Brandon Jazz Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Rocky Mountain Music Festival, JazzWorks, Prairie Summer Jazz Camp and the University of Alberta Summer Jazz Camp. Kent continues to be a devoted jazz educator on the provincial, national an international scene.

Suzuki Charter School Jazz Commission

The Kent Sangster Big Band
In Concert With Juno Award Winner Guido Basso
With A Special Presentation Of The Suzuki Charter School Commission

Saturday, May 8, 2004
Shows at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Trans Alta Arts Barn Theatre
10330 - 84 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets - $20, available through:
Tix On The Square | 420 - 1757 |
Suzuki Charter School | 468 - 2598 |

One night. One jam-packed show! Edmonton-based saxophonist Kent Sangster brings his Big Band to the stage and shares the evening with world renowned trumpet and flugelhorn recording artist Guido Basso. Also be there for special presentation of the Suzuki Charter School Commission as they perform a jazz composition written and arranged by Kent Sangster for a professional jazz ensemble and 110 elementary students. You won't want to miss it!

Kent Sangster

This multi-faceted musician is an accomplished composer/arranger/conductor that is involved in a broad range of the music industry; locally, nationally and internationally. With a his third CD, A Matter of Time, quickly gaining rave reviews Kent reinforces his status as one of Canada‚s premiere jazz saxophonists. He has performed with a number of jazz greats both in North America and Europe including; Tommy Banks, Guido Basso, Ed Bickert, Randy Brecker, Hugh Fraser, Mick Goodrick, PJ Perry, Sheila Jordan, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Kirk MacDonald, Pat Metheny, Bob Stroup, Ira Sullivan, and Norma Winston. Kent holds a Master of Music degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, where he was a graduate assistant in improvisation and ensemble direction. In addition to his recording and performance career, Kent has orchestrated a variety of music for symphony orchestra. Most recently Kent orchestrated and conducted two performances of which the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra featured Juno Award winning artist Lester Quitzau. Currently residing in Edmonton, Kent is a staff member of Grant MacEwan Community College as well as a busy clinician artist endorsee for Boosey & Hawkes / Keilwerth saxophones. For more on Kent visit

Guido Basso

Born in Montreal, Quebec, and began playing the trumpet at age 8. He was discovered at age 18 by Vic Damone, who heard him playing at the El Morocco club and invited him to join his tour. From 1957 until 1960, Mr. Basso toured with Pearl Bailey and her husband, Louis Bellson. For many years Mr. Basso served as music director and studio musician for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He has also organized and performed concerts with such renowned musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman, and has also made numerous recordings for radio and TV. In 1994 Mr. Basso became a member of the Order of Canada.

Suzuki Chart School (SCS)

With a vision to enrich children's academic programs through a continuous planned program of music instruction based upon the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki Charter helps its students find joy that comes through music making. Dr. Suzuki believed that talent was not an accident of birth but that the potential of all children could be highly developed if they are given the proper training and learning environment. He championed the unique contribution music can make in the total learning process and the Suzuki Charter School promotes this by creating, developing, and maintaining an enriched learning environment utilizing Dr. Suzuki's philosophy and method, thereby promoting the academic and musical talents of each student.For more information on the Suzuki Charter School see


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