Baia Mare, the beautiful capital of Maramureș province in North Western Romania, hosts the third edition of its open air festival this coming weekend.

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If you are into jazz, ECM records, piano, viola & violin, Transylvania, or all of the above, you must make your way to the Jazz Bistro in downtown Toronto this coming Tuesday evening (at a very reasonable 8 PM and an extremely light-on-the-wallet $10 -$20).

It’s the Canadian premiere of the Transylvanian Concert (ECM 2313).

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The 30th edition of TD Toronto’s jazz festival has a Romanian connotation that will wear off your dancing shoes and leave you wanting for more music from that part of the world.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday 29 June 2016 at The Opera House in Toronto!

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Ontario guitarist Adrian Raso live with Fanfare Ciocarlia – they play TD Toronto Jazz Fest on Wed 29 June 2016 at the Opera House.

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Massey Hall must be the perfect concave space in Toronto to contain the sounds of an acoustic jazz quartet.

Judging by the numbers present last Saturday night to see Wayne Shorter (sax), John Patitucci (bass), Danilo Perez (piano) and Brian Blade (drums), this kinda jazz has never been more popular in T.O.

One wonders then why fusion jazz and modern jazz seem to be sparse on the city’s JAZZ FM station, in clubs and during festivals (well, to be honest, that seems to change with the TD Toronto Jazz Fest in the past couple of years, since Josh Grossman took over the artistic director job).

Massey Hall’s booklet included 2 pages on Wayne Shorter, and not a single word of his Weather Report years.

 

Wayne Shorter quartet live in Milan 2010- they looked the same last night in Toronto. Photo by Mattia Luigi Nappi

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