With the sheer number of performances at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this year, it can seem daunting to know where to start. While there are many performances to choose from, and it really is impossible to go wrong with this year’s line-up, these are a few standout names.
1. Avery Raquel
Avery Raquel is a young vocalist from Hamilton with a strong, soulful voice. She has ventured into songwriting, and just released her album My Heart Away. The album showcases her skills as a writer, and while an influence from older jazz and soul artists is evident, it also has a contemporary feel that compliments her effortless voice. Raquel performs at the OLG Stage on Cumberland Street this Monday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m.
2. Savion Glover
If you want to see something very different, check out tap dancer Savion Glover. He goes deep into any rhythm, and it is clear to see the joy and passion on his face during his performances. He will be performing with jazz drummer Marcus Gilmore, and this duet will take place at Koerner Hall in the Telus Centre for Performance & Learning on Tuesday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. This will be a ticketed event.
3. Cécile McLorin Salvant
And lastly, if you are looking for another strong vocalist, Cecile McLorin Salvant is the performer to see. Her voice ranges from smooth and full to low and husky. She is very emotive while performing and can shift seamlessly between tones and moods in her songs. She won the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy Award for her album For One To Love. She performs on Wednesday June 27, at 8:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and it is a ticketed event.