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.
Jazz started in the streets and has always been a community music – a mandate the Festival has sought to continue each year by presenting some of the biggest names on a variety of stages for free. Since its beginnings, jazz fans have attended the Festival and experienced the best music in the world barrier free, allowing for unparalleled musical exploration and discovery – we’ve presented more than 3,500 free shows over the past 35 years! The Shuffle Demons are an outstanding reflection of this community approach, bringing people together wherever and whenever they play.
The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene with an electrifying musical fusion that drew in equal measure from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. The band was one of the first indie acts to break out on MuchMusic. This band was genre bending, highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, could really PLAY. All their eye catching, crowd pleasing stunts were backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real ground-breaking playing.
Over the course of their illustrious career The Shuffle Demons have released ten CDs, two hit videos, won several music awards, done numerous tv and radio appearances and toured nationally and internationally including 25 cross Canada tours, 5 US tours, 17 European tours, as well as tours of The Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa playing on big festival stages, theatres and clubs.
The band continues the tradition today with a great line-up of players that includes Juno Award winner Richard Underhill - alto sax & vocals, Kelly Jefferson and Matt Lagan - tenor saxes and vocals, Mike Downes - bass and vocals, and Stich Wynston - drums and vocals. Expect the same exciting, no holds barred performances that feature wild romps in the crowd, free jazz moments, danceable funk, poetry, killer solos and more. We are a crowd pleasing, full on musical group that backs up our stage antics with some phenomenal playing by some of Canada's most talented musicians. We play a mix of jazz, funk, rap, hip-hop and world music, wear spectacular hand painted suits and love to parade through the audience, a perfect festival, theatre or club act.