Bringing fresh jazz to the forefront of the city’s music scene, the new TD Discovery Series will present year-round live music and educational performances featuring some of the best talent in the Toronto scene. Designed by Toronto Downtown Jazz, producers of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, with the generous support of TD Bank Group, this new initiative encourages the creation, development, and presentation of unique, new programming by local jazz musicians.
“With the TD Discovery Series, we are excited to foster the development and growth of jazz in Toronto: emerging artists, perhaps unknown to a wider audience, who represent the next generation of outstanding jazz; established artists working on a new or special project; and the students – and their teachers – who will take jazz into the future as musicians, audience members and supporters,” states Artistic Director Josh Grossman.
The TD Discovery Series will include a showcase on Emerging Artists, highlighting upcoming and promising jazz musicians in Toronto. Featuring up close and personal interviews with the artists, these performances will introduce the latest local talents on the jazz scene.
Educational Programs, mainstays of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Society, aim to develop the art of jazz within the community while celebrating and nurturing Toronto’s next generation of jazz musicians and jazz supporters. These sessions, geared toward jazz students, fans and teachers alike, both promote the growth of new pathways in jazz music and solidify the tradition of mentorship in the jazz community.
The Special Projects Initiative provides marketing and public relations support, and awards a bursary to artists who bring original programming to the stage. Determined through a juried process, this year four outstanding recipients have been selected to participate: critically acclaimed pianist Robi Botos; Tom Richards’ Riverrun, who will perform a 12-hour music marathon; Juno nominated guitarist Alex Goodman; and Cuban trumpeter Alexander Brown. Check back later for more information on these upcoming performances.
All submissions for the Special Projects were reviewed by a panel of judges that included saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist Colleen Allen; Tracy Jenkins, Co-Artistic Director of Lula Music and Arts Centre; bassist, arranger, composer, producer and label owner Peter Cardinali; and musician, producer, artistic director, composer and radio personality, Andrew Craig.
Upcoming Performance Dates:
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Alexander Brown CD release, Lula Lounge
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Robi Botos CD release, Jazz Bistro
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Tom Richards’ Riverrun 12-Hour Music Marathon, Beit Zatoun
Thursday, April 30, 2015 – Alex Goodman CD release, Jazz Bistro