Just like summer, jazz festival season has come to an end. But there’s still plenty of live jazz music to be heard all across the city. Check out these great series continuing throughout 2009 – 2010.
Old Mill Inn
Thursdays are the new Fridays at the Old Mill Inn when jazz dominates the Home Smith Bar. Join Russ Little every Thursday night, return on Fridays for the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Series or be entertained as Piano Masters take over on Saturday nights.
Quotes Bar & Grill
Friday’s At Five returns to Quotes with the live jazz instrumental series. Best of all, there’s no cover charge and no reservations required.
Sounds of Jazz
Canada’s longest running jazz series returns with nine special concerts. Brought to you by JAZZ.FM91, some of the featured performers include Ranee Lee, Larry Coryell, Diana Panton, Hendrik Meurkens and Lenny Solomon.
|On Sept. 25, RCM unveils Toronto’s newest performance concert venue, Koerner Hall. With its superb acoustics, you just might see the Festival there next summer.
Upcoming shows at Koerner Hall that might be of interest include:
09/26 – Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White
|We’re braggin’ about Billy|
Billy Bragg – November 17
Its been 25 years since Billy Bragg first started visiting our shores and we’ve been in love with him ever since. Blending elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, this talented musician leaves no stone unturned. He’s also been involved with grassroots political movements, which is often reflected in his lyrics.
With his first book, The Progressive Patriot, an eloquent protest against the extremist British National Party, behind his belt, it’s refreshing to see an artist and performer who’s still keeping it real.
Don’t miss the inspiring Billy Bragg this winter!
|Save the date|
|10/01 – A Tribute to Lincoln Alexander with special performances by Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Peter Appleyard, Guide Basso, Joe Sealy, Archie Alleyne and many more. Glenn Gould – 8pm.
10/7 – Markham Theatre celebrates their 25th anniversary with the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Markham Jazz Festival. 8pm.
10/20 – Off the heels of her stellar performance at the Festival this summer opening for Al Di Meola, Amanda Martinez returns this fall with her new CD, Amor.
10/24 – Winner of Best Female Vocalist at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Daniela Nardi will thrill audiences with a sneak preview of her latest work influenced by world music and blended with her signature nu-jazz-electro-pop sound. Old Mill Inn – 8pm.
11/14 – Canada’s own Downchild Blues Band makes a Toronto stop on their national tour. Check out our Did U Know section for more info on their special anniversary.
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|Did u know…|
|Did u know…Downchild Blues Band will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this fall? And what better way to celebrate than with their biggest supporter Dan Aykroyd, who will join the band on stage in three cities – Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Did u know…the late Oscar Peterson will have a park named after him? In his native Montreal, the Campbell Centre Park will be renamed in Peterson’s honour for his many contributions to jazz.
Did u know…Harry Connick Jr. was in Toronto recently to promote his upcoming release? He sat in at JAZZ.FM91 for an exclusive interview and if you weren’t the lucky few who got to sit in the audience, you can listen to the interview here.