Niall Bakkestad-Legare

“… a powerful young tenor saxophonist… he has a big sound and tremendous facility, but he also has an open, philosophical nature that gives his musical ideas reach and depth…”

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Niall Cade is an accomplished saxophonist and composer. After graduating from the University of Manitoba’s Bachelor of Jazz program in 2013, Niall went on to perform

While living in New York, Niall Cade performed with such jazz luminaries as the Philip Harper Quintet, the Quincy Davis Quintet, the Big Jimmy Greene Band, the Kenny Carr Group, the Steven Feifke Quartet, and Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Niall has performed at several internationally renowned jazz venues including Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Kitano, the 55 Bar, the Jazz Gallery, and the Bar Next Door.

A versatile instrumentalist, Niall has been featured in concert across a variety of genres, performing on stage with several Pop and R&B, groups including Mac DeMarco, Royal Canoe, Moses Mayes, Luciano. Niall is also an avid composer and has been written commissioned pieces for both film and dance projects.

In 2019, Niall was a semi-finalist in the inaugural Michael Brecker International Jazz Saxophone Competition, traveling to Eilat, Israel as a part of the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

Upon his return to Winnipeg in the summer of 2021, Niall immediately began working on a variety of projects and participating in a number of organizations. Currently, Niall teaches Applied Jazz Saxophone at Brandon University, performs with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and leads his own projects, including helming the six-piece jazz-funk group Faux Pas Funk. Niall has also joined the roster of Color Red recording artist Apollo Suns and will be touring with the group throughout 2021 and 2022.




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