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JAZZ CANADIANA TO CLOSE
Due to unforeseen circumstances Jazz Canadiana will close its operation effective August 1st, 2006.
We deeply regret this decision, and thank you for your solid support over the past few years, and trust that you will continue to support our wonderful music in every way possible.
Hal A Hill
TALK IS CHEAP!
Well free actually, during the Talkback & Workshop Series at the
Returning to the Festival are the hugely popular Talkbacks and Workshops, following a successful debut last year. Delving behind the scenes, these series offer an intimate view of Jazz from noted musicians and industry insiders.
Generously supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust (KPMT), workshops will be offered every afternoon providing beginners and aficionados the opportunity to explore the roots of jazz music and learn directly from the masters. Resident and visiting musicians will host these free workshops discussing jazz appreciation, guitar, accordion, bass, arranging and more. The Ken Page Memorial Trust Workshop Series is presented in the JAZZ.FM91 Broadcast Centre in Nathan Phillips Square 2:30pm on weekdays and 3:00pm on weekends. The moderator is jazz authority, broadcaster and producer, Hal Hill.
Return to the Broadcast Centre in the square at 6:00pm nightly for an informal preview of that evening’s Mainstage performance on the Toronto Star Stage. The Talkback Series presented by JAZZ.FM91 features hosts Ralph Benmergui and Larry Green as moderators for featured guests.
Scheduled to appear:
The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will be cookin’ for 10 days this summer when it takes over the city from June 23 – July 2, 2006. Bringing all that jazz for the past two decades, the festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with more than 1500 musicians performing over 350 concerts at more than 40 locations across the city.
For more information visit: www.torontojazz.com
NEW FESTIVAL INFORMATION
Real Divas' Sweet Sixteen
Last year's runaway hit, Real Divas returns to the festival for a second year with more singing power. Sixteen vocalists will come together on one stage for one starry night filled with solos and duets. Join these vocal powerhouses as the red carpet rolls out for the Real Divas.
Joining the Diva line-up are:
Previously announced Real Divas include: Liberty Silver, Heather Bambrick, June Garber, Lori Cullen, Andrea Menard, Eliana Cuevas, Karin Plato, Melissa Pisarzowki, Shakura S'Aida, Sophie Berkal Sarbit, Janelle Headley, Diana Braithwaite and Kim Richardson.
Real Divas - Sunday, June 25, 8pm on the Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster at
Caribbean Soul Songster Jehro Opens for Seu Jorge
French singer-songwriter Jehro will open for acclaimed Samba Soul singer and guitarist Seu Jorge on Friday, June 30.
Melding reggae, folk, latin and calypso into one distinct sound, Jehro is often described as the troubadour with the angelic voice. His current self-titled album is inspired by Caribbean and American grassroots music. It's a style he calls Caribbean Soul.
Jehro / Seu Jorge - Harbourfront Centre, Friday June 30 at 8pm.
Tickets on sale now and available through Ticketmaster at (416) 870-8000 or www.ticketmaster.ca.
Zanussi Five Cancelled
The July 1 performance of Zanussi Five, as part of the EuroJazz Series, has been cancelled. Please note that refunds are available at point of purchase.
McCoy Tyner Lineup Change
Wallace Roney will be replacing Nicholas Peyton on trumpet when the McCoy Tyner Septet takes the stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, June 29.
The recipient of three Grammy Awards, Roney began studying trumpet and music theory at the tender age of 4 while at Philadelphia's Settlement School of Music. He is generally thought of as one of the few musicians of his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. Past collaborations read like a list of who's who in jazz - Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Jay McShann, David Murray, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie.
The Gospel of Jazz
Experience jazz and prayer as the two come together on Sunday June 25 and July 2. Offering contemporary service and religious music set within a jazz context is Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street), St. Timothy's Anglican Church (4125 Sheppard Avenue) and St. James Cathedral (64 Church Street).
Art Maiste with Don Vickery Trio present an afternoon of straight ahead jazz combined with gospel music on Sunday, June 24 at 3pm inside St. Timothy's. Laurie Bower (trombone), Don Vickery (drums) and Jack McFadden (bass) join Art Maiste (piano).
Barlow Brass & Drums will be at Christ Church Deer Park Sunday, June 24 at 4:30pm. Joining Brian Barlow on drums will be Doug Burrell (tuba), Chase Sanborn (trumpet), Brian O'Kane (trumpet), Russ Little (trombone) and Terry Promane (trombone).
Featuring the St. James Choir, the Brian Barlow Quartet performs at St. James Cathedral on Sunday, July 2 at 11am with John Johnson (saxophone), Tom Szczesniak (piano), Scott Alexander (bass) and Brian Barlow (drums).
Enjoy free performances every day at Nathan Phillips Square and Alexander the Great Parkette (at Danforth and Logan Avenue).
Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square - 12 Noon:
Tuborg Stage, Alexander the Great Parkette - 6pm:
Returning for another year, TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (FEF) will be presenting their gigantic monster mural. Measuring 20 feet long and 6 feet high, the FEF Childrens Activity Centre will host hundreds of festival children where boys and girls can let loose their creative genius.
FEF will support festival recycling programs and host a FEF information booth on opening and closing weekends. TD Canada Trust FEF volunteers and community partners will be available to chat with customers and distribute information on the community projects they support, including the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Canada's largest participatory environmental initiative.
The booth will be open: June 24 - 25 and June 30 - July 2, from 1 - 7pm. Please note that on Canada Day, the booth will be open from 12 Noon - 5pm.
Celebrate Phat Tuesday & Canada Day
Join the festivities at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, June 27 as the festival pays tribute to all things New Orleans. Presented by JAZZ.FM91, things kick off at 12 Noon with the Magnolia Brass Band, Happy Pals and Climax Jazz Band. The evening ticketed performance features Loco Zydeco, Kevin Clark Quartet and the tradition rich Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Celebrate The Big Easy, Toronto style.
Nathan Phillips Square and the jazz festival is the destination to celebrate Canada Day, presented by Primus. Bring the whole family down for the afternoon as the Hilario Duran Big Band kicks off the festivities at 1pm. Groove & Graffiti takes over the square at 3pm as students and aerosol artists, Elicser and Mediah, showcase their artistic skills while DJ Jedi spins rare jazzy grooves. Return in the evening for a night of saxophones as Pharoah Sanders and Kenny Garrett blow their lids in a concert not to be missed.
Advance ticket prices for Kinnie Star / Buck 65 are $18.00. Tickets were previously sold for $20.00. Refunds are available the night of the performance on Friday, June 30 at Opera House.
Friends of Jazz Lounge
Members of "Friends of Jazz" will be able to relax in a new lounge onsite at Nathan Phillips Square adjacent to the tent during the festival. Look through the program books, plan your next concert stop, have a drink or meet up with friends in this exclusive lounge available to "Friends of Jazz" only.
For more information on how to become a Friend of Jazz and learn about our Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond member benefits, visit www.torontojazz.com.
TIME TO CHECK ON JAZZ FESTIVALS ACROSS CANADA
Time to plan your jazz festival visitations, and there are a vast number of these very special musical events to choose from.
Starting on June 23rd you could attend the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival where you can see and hear artists McCoy Tyner, Hilario Duran, Paquito D'Rivera, Pharoah Sanders, Bernard Primeau, Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Rob McConnell, Dave Brubeck, Preservation Hall Jazz band and many, many more.
Other important festivals will be presented in The Beaches (Toronto), Burlington (Ontario), Oakville (Ontario), Guelph (Ontario), Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Vancouver... for a comprehensive list and more information visit the individual web site links please click here.
TD CANADA TRUST TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
6/23 - Robi Botos Trio / Molly Johnson & Quartet $30
6/27 - Paul James Band / Etta James & The Roots Band - Hummingbird Centre $45 - $95
6/22 - Jacksoul / Divine Brown $20 adv / $25 door
6/26 - Igor Butman Quartet
6/23 - Adi Braun
Lunchtime Jazz Series
6/23 - Jim Galloway & His Wee Big Band w/ Tommy Ambrose
6/23 - Roy Patterson Trio
TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and RMS present
A true innovator and leader in avant-garde jazz, saxophonist John Zorn will be playing at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at The Music Hall at 7pm.
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic range of sources and using unconventional sounds, Zorn has been breaking, transforming and reshaping the boundaries of jazz for over three decades. Writing and performing music of astonishing breadth, Zorn has explored the gamut of musical interests including everything from film music to free jazz to hardcore thrash to Yiddish folk music and back.
After a lengthy absence from Toronto, Zorn makes a triumphant return with his group, John Zorn's Acoustic Masada. Based on the idea of creating a new radical Jewish sound that would be relevant today, Zorn merged traditional Jewish scales with the sound of Ornette Coleman to create Masada. Joining Zorn will be Dave Douglas on trumpet, Greg Cohen on drums and Joey Baron on drums.
The TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival will be cookin' for 10 days this summer when it takes over the city from June 23 - July 2, 2006. Bringing all that jazz for the past two decades, the festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with more than 1500 musicians performing over 350 concerts at more than 40 locations across the city.
John Zorn's Acoustic Masada
For more information visit www.torontojazz.com
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