Picture this: It’s a packed house on June 25th, 1987 and legendary GRAMMY winner Tito Puente and his Latin Jazz All Stars take the Adam Ballroom stage and kick off the first ever opening night of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. What a start! Fast-forward through decades of blockbuster line-ups and sell-out shows and the legacy of showcasing world-class talent continues. Each year, we book artists who are testament to the artistic merit of the festival—artists who honour the festival’s history and its roots in jazz, and up-and-coming acts who help us grow and satisfy the diverse musical tastes of our audience. Here are some of the shows that represent pivotal moments in the festival’s evolution.