“Five Minutes With” saxophonist and composer, Mark DeJong

Mark DeJong is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader and currently teaches at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Calgary, (BMus) and jazz performance from Rutgers University (MMus).

Active as a performer and clinician throughout North America, Mark has numerous recording credits and appearances at festivals across the country. He is the co-leader of Redline Trio and was recently featured as a soloist with Sarah Slean and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Laila Biali, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony, as well as with the Shuffle Demons tour in Panama and Cuba. He appeared as a featured artist at the World Expo in Shanghai China, as well as the Blue Note (NYC). Over the course of his career, he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Lenny Pickett, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Carol Welsman, Campbell Ryga, Ian Tyson, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and many others.

Mark DeJong

Band Name:

Redline Trio




March 2017

# of Albums:

With Redline Trio 1

As leader/co-leader 7

As guest 8

Latest Album:

Redline Trio featuring Steve Hudosn

Latest Single:

Captain Trips (Jeff Sulima)

Latest Video:

The Asylum for Art – ASYLUMforART Live!

Favourite musician growing up:

John Anthony Helliwell (Saxophonist with Supertramp)

Favourite musician now:

Impossible to pin down. A toss-up between Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell

Guilty pleasure song:

Sweet City Woman (The Stampeders)

Live show ritual:

Arrive by helicopter

Favourite local musician:

Joanna Borromeo

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

A bit of both as the situation evolves

Road or studio?

I love love love the studio

Any shows or albums coming up?

Every Thursday at Betty Lou’s Library, & The newest release by Redline Trio with guests Brad Turner (tpt) and Steve Hudson (piano) on Chronograph Records

Where can we follow you?

We have a lot of updating to do but @RedlineTrio on Instagram


Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

Changes frequently. Currently Heart Cafe in Bragg Creek

Favourite street in your city:

Any highway headed to the mountains

Favourite park in your city:


Favourite music venue in your city with a grand piano:

Asylum for Art

Favourite music store in your city: