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.
Two of Toronto's top aerosol artists, Elicser and Mediah, who have been mentoring local area high school students as part of the Festival's Groove & Graffiti program (now in it's 11th year), have been commissioned to create works of art for some of the city's underpasses.
StreetARToronto, or StART, aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto. The Underpass Program will strive to make our city's underpasses safe, walkable and beautiful.
While the Festival may have ended for another year, jazz lives on in other parts of the province. From east to west, north to south, jazz festivals are a staple in Ontario and can be found in practically every corner.
In his first-ever artist interview, TDJ News Corps member Yanis Khamsi chats on the phone with John Scofield. They cover off a variety of topics - from the Uberjam band to music on the internet to the state of music in general. Hear the interview.
The band certainly had the freedom of the 1960's and 1970's. Not only did the band members switch instruments numerous times, but at one point Randolph invited anybody in the audience capable of playing guitar on stage to jam!
Thursday was made for jazz...Indeed, it was a very special night in Toronto jazz: legendary bassist Dave Holland’s PRISM and renowned guitarist John Scofield’s Überjam were about to take the stage for a grand co-headlining event.
The Dirty Dozen formed 37 years ago in the hopes of preserving classic New Orleans jazz. However, their time together has been an iterative process. Over the years, the band developed a sound frontman Gregory Davis compares to gumbo (a traditional southern dish combining various flavours and spices). After a brief dismissal of the rain, Davis and his bandmates got the ball rolling with an energetic dance number that inspired the crowd to stand up and clap along...