Thursday 29 June at Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

Summer got stuck somewhere on its way to Canada, but great jazz is enjoyable on any weather.
After Bill Frisell, another guitar titan is on stage at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Here’s what’s on today.

Thursday, June 29
FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Hudson: Jack DeJohnette , Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield
8 p.m. | Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St. W)
A supergroup coming together to celebrate the 75th birthday of Jack DeJohnetteJohn La Barbera Big Band “Celebrating Buddy Rich”
8 p.m. | The Concert Hall (888 Yonge St.)
To honour the 100th birthday of drummer Buddy Rich

  Ingrid & Christine Jensen w/ Ben Monder: Infinitude
7 p.m. | 10 p.m.| Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria St.)
Inspired by the dream state of the Great North, the sisters are joined by acclaimed guitarist Ben Monder (from David Bowie’s Blackstar)


FREE PERFORMANCES

Brian Barlow Big Band w/ Heather Bambrick Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald
12 p.m. | OLG Stage on Cumberland
Paying tribute to The First Lady of Song as we celebrate her 100th anniversary

Steve Amirault
1 p.m. | Yorkville Village, The Oval
World-class piano player combined with a rich, soulful baritone voice

National Youth Jazz Combo 
1:30 p.m. | OLG Stage on Hazelton
A one-of-a-kind training program that provides outstanding high school aged jazz musicians with the opportunity to move their playing to the next level

Big Band Slam
2 p.m. | The Rex (194 Queen St. W)
Featuring high school bands from across the GTA it is chance to showcase some of the outstanding music being made by students across the city

 Filó Machado Trio
2:30 p.m. | OLG Stage on Cumberland
Mixing Brazilian mpb, bossa nova, samba and forro with international influences such as jazz, blues, African rhythms and European flavours

KatzTollar
3 p.m. | Yorkville Village, TNT Lounge
Rooted in the modern jazz tradition and extending outwards to embrace elements of Middle Eastern, East Indian, Classical and various world music traditions

Matthew Stevens
4 p.m. | OLG Stage on Hazelton
A virtuosic, shape-shifting guitarist and composer responsible for the direction and sound of Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution and who has collaborated extensively with Christian Scott

FOG Brass Band
5:30 p.m. | OLG Stage on Cumberland
A New Orleans brass band party with the intricacies of a modern jazz group

The Jessica Stuart Few
6:30 p.m. | Yorkville Village Laneway
The world’s only koto-toting indie soul prog band

Andrew Rathbun Jeremy Siskind Duo
7 p.m. | Church of the Redeemer
Reimagining the piano Preludes of Claude Debussy with spontaneity, exoticism and virtuosity

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
7 p.m. | Heliconian Hall
A sideman for musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Maria Schneider and Alicia Keys, his latest project is a “response to growing political and social turmoil, an urgent call for change”

Allison Au Quartet
8 p.m. | OLG Stage on Hazelton
A mosaic of influences woven into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of jazz but skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B, hip-hop, Latin and world

Swamperella
8:30 p.m. | OLG Stage on Cumberland
A guaranteed good time that honours the Cajun music tradition

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Humber Faculty Trio
10 p.m. | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel
Our nightly late-night jam with the outstanding house band Mike Downes (bass), Robi Botos (piano) and Fabio Ragnelli (drums)

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