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Monday, June 16, 2014

10 must-see concerts at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Artistic Director’s Guide To Jazz


Toronto – Take a tip from our in-house jazz pro and Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, as he recommends his Top 10 must-see concerts at this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which kicks off its 28th anniversary later this week. Let us help you navigate your way through the impressive list of Grammy and Juno Award Winners, musical geniuses, virtuosos and ground breaking artists who are changing the face of jazz.

1. Keith Jarrett – A piano master performing in a rare solo show
Wednesday, June 25 - Roy Thomson Hall, 8pm

2. Bobby McFerrin – A legendary voice artist in an intimate setting
Friday, June 27 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm (Soul Nannies opens)

3. Mehliana – Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana are two of the jazz world’s most exciting artists (with Stanley Clarke closing the show)
Saturday, June 28 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm

4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – An important band on the international jazz scene, this band features fantastic writing and great musicians
Sunday, June 22 - Music Gallery, 8pm

5. Roy Hargrove Quintet – Inspiration to an entire generation of trumpet players
Friday, June 27 – Jane Mallett Theatre, St Lawrence Centre, 8pm

6. Toronto Mass Choir – This free show has high energy, great sound, inspiring music
Sunday, June 22 - Nathan Phillips Square, 12:30pm

7. Suzie Vinnick Quartet – A “needs to be known better” voice on the local and national blues scene. And best of all, it is free!
Thursday, June 26 - Nathan Phillips Square, 12pm

8. Lorraine Klaasen – A free performance featuring the music of Miriam Makeba
Sunday, June 22 - Shops at Don Mills, 3pm


9. Nels Cline / Julian Lage – Two guitar masters explore endless musical possibilities
Tuesday, June 24 - Hard Rock Café, 10pm

10. Dianne Reeves – Powerhouse voice, masterful interpretation, with a new R&B / soul influenced album
Tuesday, June 24 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm (Brandi Disterheft Quartet opens)

An honourable mention goes to the Masters of Mainstream at KAMA, as well as the series at the Home Smith Bar, located in The Old Mill. Featuring the return of beloved vocalist June Garber, she performs with leading vocal lights (Jackie Richardson, Amanda Martinez, Barbra Lica, and Melissa Stylianou) backed by the Russ Little Quartet.

About the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
For 10 days in June, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival will present more than 350 concerts across 50+ locations from June 19 – June 28, 2014, as half a million music lovers unite for one of the city’s largest music festivals. Discover over 1,500 musicians who will entertain as the sounds of jazz play throughout and let the music be your guide this summer as we turn up the jazz!



For more information, visit www.torontojazz.com

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