An Edmonton musical favourite for over a decade, the Don Berner Big Band is a well known musical commodity in western Canada and Edmonton's #1 Big Band! Widely known as one of the most professional and entertaining acts that a number of major corporations deal with; whether performing for an audience in a club or theater or playing dance music ranging from traditional swing to top 40 for your event , they will make your night highly successful and amazingly fun with incredible ease. Nothing can compare to what they'll provide with Edmonton's best and most entertaining musicians!
Don Berner is a well-known Canadian jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and director of the Don Berner Big Band in Edmonton Alberta. 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 Hillario Duran and commercial talents E.C. Scott, Bobby Curtola, Dan Aykroyd, and the Temptations, he has performed at dozens of concert halls, jazz clubs, and festivals throughout Canada, the U.S. and can be heard on numerous CD’s, including four releases under his own name. He has performed at multiple embassies as well as international performances abroad. In addition, he has performed extensively on radio and TV recordings, has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra,and Berner is also formerly the announcer and producer of “A Time For Jazz” on CKUA and the writer of the “Jazz Standards” column in Edmonton’s SEE magazine. He has also been nominated for the TD Canada trust Jazz award, the Galaxie rising star award, and several mayoral arts awards. He was named One of Avenue magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2013 and his last CD release was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award as well as an Edmonton Music Prize.