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Thursday, May 13, 2010

TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents Macy Gray and Chaka Khan

We're having a street party and everyone's invited!
Yonge-Dundas Square!
One night only!
LIVE & FREE

MACY GRAY & CHAKA KHAN
With special guests The Lost Fingers
Saturday July 3 - 6pm



Toronto – The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is inviting a few thousand of our closest friends for a free Saturday night party. Come down to Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, July 3rd for a special performance by legendary R&B vocalist Chaka Khan and Grammy Award winner Macy Gray. Did we mention it’s free?

Chaka Khan formed her first singing group when she was 11 years old. She went on to join local Chicago group Rufus, where multiple gold and platinum albums followed. Khan’s career has spanned from R&B to funk to soul to jazz and has included collaborations with Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand. She has released multiple albums and received 10 Grammy Awards among other impressive recognition awards.

With her utterly unique and raspy voice, Macy Gray first burst onto the R&B music scene with a fresh sense of style and talent for alternative and mainstream soul. Since her debut album release in 1999, Gray has received two Grammy nominations and one Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal. Her latest album will be released summer 2010 with collaborations including Bobby Brown and Matt Sorum.

Quebéc-based acoustic jazz trio, The Lost Fingers, are set to open the street party with their ‘80s Django-inspired renditions of songs such as You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi), You Shook Me All Night Long (ACDC), Touch Me (Samantha Fox), Pump Up The Jam (Technotronics) and Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) as well a few standards of the gypsy jazz repertoire.

Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese, hosts of Breakfast Television on Citytv, will be emceeing the festivities for the evening.

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, runs from June 25 - July 4, 2010. Get ready to kick off summer as the city's largest music festival presents free concerts and workshops, late night jam sessions and some of the biggest names in jazz. It is a musical celebration like no other!

For more information visit www.torontojazz.com

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