Just over three years ago, I had the opportunity to take my big band to Ottawa for a performance with a fantastic vocalist at the Shenkman Centre. Overall, it was a great experience - the promoter covered our bus trip plus one night of hotel accommodation, and the show was sold out - but the logistics? Oy. Making sure 17 musicians showed up on time for the bus pickup, then soundcheck, then show call and then the early morning lobby call the day after the show...I'm lucky that I knew how to conduct a four-beat pattern during the show!
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What happens when you bring together four different band leaders, from a variety of musical and geographical worlds, to lead four different bands, all on the same night? I'm not sure, exactly, but no doubt great music will be made this Saturday night with the final Special Projects presentation of 2018.
The next two weeks are going to be busy, both on stage and off - while I work furiously to round out the Festival's programming and we prepare for our major media announcement, we've got a part in three upcoming shows: Special Projects this Friday (Adrean Farrugia and Joel Frahm release BLUED DHARMA) and Saturday (The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew); then the Israeli
We'll be back at Lula Lounge again next Thursday night, March 29 for our second of four TD Discovery Series Special Projects presentations. On tap next week: the release party for the Heavyweights Brass Band's new recording called This City.
This time of year is always busy here at jazz fest headquarters, as we aim to lock in the Festival's remaining ticketed shows and finalize the budgets required to unleash a serious programming campaign (I'll have over 130 free shows to book - at least - over the next eight weeks). It's bound to be an action-packed month as we announce more shows, ramp up our publicity and figure out the substantial jigsaw puzzle that is the free show lineups.
As I mentioned in my post last week, in addition to the eight shows we've announced for this year's Festival, we have four outstanding TD Discovery Series Special Projects presentations coming up - and the first is next week!
We still have a long way to go, but I'm excited that we've now announced eight shows for the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Add to the mix the four TD Discovery Series Special Projects previously announced and we've got what I think is an interesting variety of offerings on...um...offer over the next five months.
Oh hi there. It’s been a little while.
It's a little hard for me to sit still as I write this post because WE ARE FINALLY MAKING SOME MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS NEXT WEEK. There have been more 'i's to dot and 't's to cross this year, so it's taken a bit longer to get everything ready to announce...but we're almost ready to go. Stay tuned!