The TD Niagara Jazz Festival are celebrating their third edition July 29-31 and Toronto Jazz fans who have not yet had their fill by the time they're done with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Beaches Jazz Festival, can take a ride down the QEW and hear more great jazz in a positively idyllic setting.
TDJ News Corps member David Cruz is embarking on a two-part series of interviews with some the outstanding jazz musicians who perform and teach in Toronto year-round. For the first part, he chatted with local saxophonist and educator Mike Murley. Read the interview here.
More information about the TDJ News Corps is available here.
We're pleased to welcome the 2016 TDJ News Corps - two aspiring jazz journalists selected to mentor with established arts journalists. Meet the participants and their mentors here.
Warren Schlote, one of this year's participants, has written a Festival preview article - including excerpts from an interview with Artistic Director Josh Grossman. Read the article here.
Michael Franti & Spearhead released its ninth studio project Soulrocker on June 1, 2016. Known for harmonious peace messages, Franti returns and delivers with his positive musical collective.
Early reviews describe a seasoned San Francisco frontman holding onto his roots while incorporating EDM influences. Toronto’s Exclaim reviewer Ryan B. Patrick hears Diplo in the autobiographical track “My Lord”, spilling stories of finding Franti’s birth parents with percolating rhythms and catchy melodies.
Chet Baker lovers have yet another reason to come to this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Launched at TIFF last year, Robert Budreau’s film Born to be Blue examines the life of trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Actor Ethan Hawke plays the acclaimed musician with a lifelong struggle with addiction.
This past Friday, Gregory Porter released Take Me to the Alley, the much-anticipated follow-up to his million-selling Grammy-winning album, Liquid Spirit.
Actor, producer and director Kiefer Sutherland will bring his band to this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Best known for his television role as Jack Bauer on 24, Sutherland’s debut album tour will be coming to the Horseshoe Tavern on June 27, 2016. The LP, ‘Down in a Hole’, is made up of 11 rootsy tracks about Sutherland’s personal experiences.
International Jazz Day celebrated its fifth anniversary on April 30, 2016 in over 190 countries worldwide. Coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the global day celebrates the power of jazz as a vehicle for freedom and expression. Renowned musician and composer Herbie Hancock chairs the international day, serving as the UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
On Sunday April 24 at 3pm in the afternoon, get thee to the Alliance Francaise, 24 Spadina Road, for the long-awaited debut of the Art Song Project by David Occhipinti. Featuring vocalists from the jazz and classical worlds performing songs in a chamber music setting, this will be a special afternoon full of improvisation and guest performances.
David Occhipinti- guitar/compositions
Michael Davidson - vibraphone
Aline Homzy - violin
Jeff LaRochelle - clarinet
Soren Nissen - bass
Sheba Thibadeau - bassoon
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