TORONTO – From a vocal powerhouse to a piano virtuoso, a jazz supergroup to one of the newly minted stars in jazz, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival announces its first round of artists when it runs this summer from June 23 – July 2, 2017. Headliners confirmed to appear include, Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Hiromi featuring Edmar Castañeda, Gregory Porter and Hudson. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 1.
Gregory Porter - June 21, Koerner Hall
Experience an exquisite artist performing in an exquisite acoustic hall when Gregory Porter returns this summer in a special preview concert. Winner of this year’s Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Album, he is an artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time. With a righteous baritone and a voice that can embrace or exhort, caress or confront, Porter has quickly risen to acclaim since his debut in 2010, solidifying his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter.
Mavis Staples – June 27, Koerner Hall
Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. More than 60 years after she began singing with the groundbreaking family group The Staples Singers, she remains a tour de force, weaving herself into the very fabric of soul, folk, R&B, blues and gospel music. Known for creating the soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement, Staples’ music today is still grounded in all that is soulful and righteous in American music. Her latest single, “I Give You Power”, with Canadian indie superstars Arcade Fire, carries on the tradition of the protest song, highlighting the need for unity and compassion. This past December, Staples was honoured at the Kennedy Center Honors for her distinguished career and contribution to music.
Hiromi Duet: Featuring Edmar Castañeda – June 28, Koerner Hall
Witness the spellbinding musical chemistry of jazz’s most brazenly virtuosic player as she joins forces with harpist extraordinaire, Edmar Castañeda. A collaboration borne out of mutual admiration, Hiromi’s blinding, yet deadly, accuracy on the piano is paired with Castañeda’s command of the harp. One of the very few to revolutionize the way audiences consider the instrument, Castañeda transforms the harp playing lead, rhythm and bass lines while skilfully realizing the beautiful complexities of time. Castañeda makes his first return to Toronto since opening for Paco de Lucia in 2011.
Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield – June 29, Koerner Hall
Jack DeJohnette, one of the most influential drummers in the history of jazz, has assembled an all-star cast of musicians to help celebrate his 75th birthday this year. Joined by guitar god and recent two-time Grammy winner (Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo) John Scofield, accomplished bassist Larry Grenadier and jam band great John Medeski, Hudson’s North American tour is sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer. A self-titled album from the supergroup is also expected to drop this June.
Joss Stone - June 26, Danforth Music Hall
Following her critically acclaimed arrival on the music scene in 2003, the British vocal powerhouse has gone on to sell over 14 million albums worldwide. Since then Joss Stone has evolved into a musical phenomenon, a free spirit whose vocals paved the way for a new generation of British female soul artists. Most notably, Stone was part of SuperHeavy, a one-off supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley.
One of the premiere jazz festivals in North America, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival celebrates its 31st edition when it runs from June 23 – July 2, 2017. With more than 1,500 musicians performing in over 350 concerts across the city, the Festival has something for every music lover. From emerging artists to established musicians, jazz legends to undiscovered gems, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival showcases the very best in jazz this summer!
The complete lineup of the 2017 TD Toronto Jazz Festival will be announced April 2017.