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Friday, June 21, 2013

TD Toronto Jazz Festival opening weekend picks

(News Release)

Friday, June 21
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents its first ever FREE-FOR-ALL-FRIDAY. Visit any participating club, restaurant, lounge or bar today and enjoy the music on us!
 
FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Smokey Robinson (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas open)
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
One of Motown’s most prolific musicians, the legendary Smokey Robinson takes centre stage for a free performance that will have the Square groovin’ to his classic hits
Molly Johnson
8pm / 10:30pm, Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
She’s earned the reputation as one of Canada’s greatest voices

OTHER FREE PERFORMANCES
Sondheim Project
6pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
Stephen Sondheim meets Wayne Shorter, Terrance Blanchard and others in this new project, rebuilding the lost bond between Broadway and modern jazz
Michael Dunston / Dave Young
8pm, Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)
Classic R&B with a jazz twist featuring the music of Donny Hathaway with vocalist Michael Dunston
For the complete schedule of events and participating locations in FREE-FOR-ALL-FRIDAY visit www.torontojazz.com/free-all-friday.

Saturday, June 22

FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Mavis Staples / Dr. John
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
A special double-bill that will remind you about all that is soulful and righteous in American music and is one of the all-time distinctive voices of New Orleans.
Eliane Elias (Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky opens)
7:30pm, Old Mill Toronto, Dining Room (21 Old Mill Road)
A master pianist and ethereal singer who combines the sensuous melodicism of Brazil with the harmonic sophistication of New York City
Molly Johnson
8pm / 10:30pm, Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
She’s earned the reputation as one of Canada’s greatest voices

 FREE
Lighthouse
12pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
One of Canada’s finest bands, this 10-piece fusion rock band still has it after 20 years
Ori Dagan Trio
12pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District
Dixie Demons
2pm, Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)
Shirantha Beddage Quartet
2pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
Was nominated for a Juno this year for Best Traditional Jazz Album of the Year
Samba Squad
3pm, WIFI Patio, Nathan Phillips Square
A 16-piece percussion posse!
Richard Whiteman Trio
3pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)

One of Canada’s finest pianists whose style encompasses the entire history of jazz
Beyond The Pale
5pm, Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)
A distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion
Alexander Brown Trio
6pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
Swamperella
7pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District
A guaranteed good time, this Swamp-stew just keeps getting yummier
Banda Illuminada
8pm, Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)

Sunday, June 23
 FEATURED PERFORMANCE
John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension (Courtney Pine opens)
8pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
A pioneer of jazz-rock and considered one of the greatest guitar players of all-time
Ranee Lee
8pm, Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
One of Canada’s premier jazz vocalists whose resume includes five Juno nominations, a Dora and an Order of Canada Recipient 

 FREE
Martin Loomer & Orange Devils
12pm, Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
Playing music from the early part of the swing era
H2 Harkness Herriot Duo
12pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
Original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and songs from the pop repertoire
 JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
12pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
One of the city’s premiere big bands for talented and enthusiastic high school students
 Rhythm & Truth
3pm, WIFI Patio, Nathan Phillips Square
From the street music of New Orleans to funk, soul and reggae classics it’s a guaranteed funky good time
 The Jivebombers
3pm, Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)
 Denis Keldie Trio
3pm, Pure Spirits Patio, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
 Terra Hazelton Trio
3pm, Trinity Stage, Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
A renaissance woman that is a staple on the Toronto jazz scene


For complete club listings, please visit www.torontojazz.com

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