Benjamin Thomas' review of Dirty Dozen/Lettuce

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...

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Benjamin Thomas talks drums

Drummers are, arguably, the least celebrated instrumentalists in the jazz world, with the drummer’s role analogous to the heart—a highly skilled and artful sustaining of the band’s pulse. As such, the players are often taken for granted because they are simply expected to function at their peak. But with increasing experimentation in popular jazz, one-off side projects such as Mehliana are heightening awareness of the hidden world of percussion-driven music. This year’s festival features an impressive array of drummers.

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Download the TD Jazz app

Enhance the outdoor experience of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! Download our augmented reality app and experience the Festival in a new light through out the city! Use this app to visualize animations on your mobile device by pointing it at the Jazz Man anywhere you see it. Watch 3D animated graphics jump off your screen and download the schedule of events to keep on your phone so you can be in the know! It’s easy, fun and engaging! Try it now!

Music provided by Patrick Tevlin and the Tevlin Swing.

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