The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
The Festival has sought each year to present the best of the best – artists like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn and Dave Brubeck (who had an open invitation to return to perform at the Festival whenever he liked), alongside Canadian legends Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, and Moe Koffman. Lorne Lofsky is one of Canada’s best – an internationally acclaimed guitarist, for three years he was a regular member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet, while being a first call guitarist for visiting artists like Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Ray Brown and Dave Holland, among others. Lorne continues to produce outstanding music, having recently released the first album under his own name in over twenty years.
Born, raised and based in Toronto, Canada, jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky's career began when Oscar Peterson offered to produce his first record, It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records), in 1980. During the years that followed, Lofsky worked extensively in the Toronto area, and toured with the likes of Pat LaBarbera, and fellow guitarist Ed Bickert. Bickert and Lofsky's fruitful collaboration ran from 1983 through 1991 and produced two widely-acclaimed recordings, including the well-known 1990 Concord release This Is New. In the mid-1990's, Lofsky gained further recognition as a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet. From 1994-1996, Lofsky toured with Peterson's group at venues all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Montreal Jazz Festival, and appeared on three recordings. Lofsky was Chet Baker's go to Canadian guitarist - heavily featured on the legendary jazz trumpeter's 2000 release Live at the Renaissance II. His other notable collaborations include performances with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Holland, Rosemary Clooney, and Clark Terry among others.
While Lofsky has built a widely-respected reputation as a world-class player, he has also become known as a prominent and sought-after educator. Currently, he teaches at York University and Humber College in Toronto, has an extensive private teaching practice, and has guest lectured at a plethora of top-notch institutions such as St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal, among others. A master guitarist known for pianistic voicings and virtuosic skill, Lofsky is considered one of Canada's greatest musical treasures. His newest album This Song Is New - out now on Modica Music, is his first recording as a leader in over two decades, and signals an exciting new page in the guitarist's illustrious career.