We're in the final run-up to this year's festival and the office is abuzz with the kind of controlled (ish) chaos always present at this time of year. There are last-minute logistics to work out, schedules to create, and shows to push - this morning I did an interview en francais. (Or, perhaps more accurately, franglais.)
On Wednesday I'll put together my annual "how to approach the jazz festival" blog post, detailing how best to navigate an incredibly exciting and action-packed 12-day 10-day festival - where to find shows, where to find information, where to find the best poutine…But in the meantime, I wanted to mention two partners not included in last Thursday's blog post.
The Gardiner Museum
As part of the Gardiner's Doors at 6 pm initiative, we're pleased to present George Garzone's Berklee Quartet on June 26, 7:30 pm in the Museum's stunning Terrace Room. In town to participate in the Youth Jazz Showcase, we're glad to be able to add this special public performance to the Quartet's itinerary. Under the direction of world-class saxophonist and composer George Garzone, the Quartet is made up of top student-instrumentalists from Canada, the United States and Korea - they represent the next generation of jazz musicians. Admission to the concert is included in the Gardiner Museum's half-price Friday afternoon admission ($4.50-7.50). More information is available here.
The Toronto Arts Foundation
Thanks to a generous donation from jazz lovers Cheryl and Manuel Buchwald, the Toronto Arts Foundation established the Emerging Jazz Artist Award - an annual prize of $10,000 - in 2014. We're pleased to present the winner of the inaugural prize - Chelsea McBride - on our Outdoor Stage on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm. Chelsea will perform with her big band - the Socialist Night School - and immediately prior to the performance the Foundation will announce the winner of the second Emerging Jazz Artist Award. Come out to celebrate the next generation of outstanding local jazz musicians! Complete details here.
So - that's five new partners this year, in addition to the variety of returning partners…all of whom share a passion for great jazz at festival time and throughout the year. As far as I'm concerned, that is quite a testament to the vibrancy and vitality of the local jazz community. Be sure to support it - go out and see live jazz now, during the festival and all year round.