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Friday, June 29, 2012

Toronto Jazz Festival closing weekend happenings

TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL PICKS
Friday, June 29


FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Tedeschi Trucks Band (The Stone Sparrows open)
The musical coming together of husband-and-wife team, backed by an 11-piece powerhouse band
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Radio Deluxe with the John Pizzarelli Quartet featuring Jessica Molaskey and Special Guest Emilie-Claire Barlow
World-renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey’s nationally syndicated program literally hits the open road
8pm, Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory (273 Bloor Street West)

Karl Jannuska “The Halfway Tree” featuring Sienna Dahlen
Original drum compositions featuring Canadian vocalist Sienna Dahlen
8pm, Music Gallery (197 John Street)

Kneebody
The depth of jazz, the swagger of hip hop, and the conviction of rock merge in sophisticated compositions
10pm, Rivoli (334 Queen Street West)



FREE
David Braid
An intimate chat with Canadian pianist David Braid
12:30pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square (The Inside Track hosted by Josh Grossman)

Retrocity
A cappella 80s hits from jazz to soul to funk
5pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Mary McKay Trio
6pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

Gord Sheard’s Brazilian Jazz Experience
Multifaceted pianist/composer embodies Brazil’s cultural landscape
6pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District

The Vipers
Backed by her band, Sophia Perlman lures her listeners on each note with her genuine musical sincerity
8pm, Shops at Don Mills

Saturday, June 30

FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Joan Osborne Duo / Matt Andersen
Blues songstress Joan Osborne and singer and guitarist Matt Andersen play an enticing double-bill show
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Becca Stevens Band / Nellie McKay
Becca Stevens’ refreshing talent and Nellie McKay’s lyrical playfulness promise a night to remember
10pm, Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West)

Hobson’s Choice
Chamber jazz with distinctive instrumentation and a broad notion of song form
8pm, Music Gallery (197 John Street)

FREE
Gord Sheard
An intimate chat with pianist and composer Gord Sheard
12:30pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square (The Inside Track hosted by Josh Grossman)

Mike Francis Trio
12pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

Lester McLean Quartet
2pm, Shops at Don Mills

Jim Galloway Trio
A group of musical friends who believe “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.” Toes will tap.
2pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District

Shohei Yamaki
3pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

Gord Sheard’s Brazilian Jazz Experience
Multifaceted pianist/composer embodies Brazil’s cultural landscape
5pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Crusader Rabbit
Playing the music of the Jazz Crusaders, a band from the early 1960s
5pm, Shops at Don Mills

Eric St. Laurent Trio
6pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

Ted Warren Trio
7pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District

Planet Earth
Whether you call them soul, funk, acid jazz, R&B, or power funk, this band is sure to make you move
8pm, Shops at Don Mills

   Sunday, July 1

FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Tower of Power (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars open)
Urban soul music with a unique horn-driven groove combined with outstanding lead vocals
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square


FREE
Norman Marshall Villeneuve
An intimate chat with Canadian jazz icon and drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve
12:30pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square (The Inside Track hosted by Josh Grossman)

Pat Collins Accordion Trio
12pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
One of the most talented student ensembles from across the GTA
12pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery Historic District

Lemon Bucket Orkestra
A Balkan-Klezmer-gypsy-party-punk super music street party with a sound that satisfies
3pm, Shops at Don Mills

Griffith Hiltz Trio
A familiar yet modern melodic jazz collaboration influenced by Blue Note legends of the 1960s
3pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District

Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message Quartet
3pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery Historic District

DJ Agile / Groove & Graffiti
A creative mastermind—a DJ, producer, and songwriter with a style as diverse as Toronto. DJ Agile presents a live soundtrack to a Groove & Graffiti demonstration – a translation of music into visual art that promotes graffiti’s positive aspects
4pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Diana Salvatore
Diana’s retro sound and a soulful voice beyond her years promise a performance not to be missed
4:45pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

DJ Agile
5:30pm, Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

For more detailed Festival and club listings, visit www.torontojazz.com

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 22 - July 1, 2012

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