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Friday, June 29, 2018

Closing weekend at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival; More than 50 free performances (2018



Friday, June 29

FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Herbie Hancock
8:00pm | Sony Centre
A visionary and architect in the post-bop sound, his passion for innovation and creativity remain unparalleled

Heather Bambrick & Friends with Russ Little Quartet feat. Melissa Stylianou
7:30pm | Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill
A festival within the Festival showcasing a lineup of some of Canada's best-loved jazz luminaries

Dave Young Quartet
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Ghost Note
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

FREE PERFORMANCES

The Jazz Musician Intensive: Concert Promotion & Presentation Clinic
10:30am | Heliconian Hall
Co-lead by Sergio Elmir and Jennifer Nichols, this clinic covers self-presenting; the basic of concert booking / promotion; and new approaches to concert presentation. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates
Big Band Slam
12pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
The Slam each year features four high school jazz bands from across the GTA, performing with veteran saxophone and big band musician Andy Ballantyne

Red Hot Ramble
12:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
Jazz, blues and funk with a healthy dose of New Orleans spice and humidity!

Bateria Workshop
2pm | Village of Yorkville Park

James Brown Trio
3pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Johnny Griffith Quintet
3:15pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.

Conundrum
4:45pm | Village of Yorkville Park
Play on the 12-ft long, canoe-shaped "canoedrum"

Turboprop
5:15pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Nominated for a 2018 JUNO, Turboprop is led by Ernesto Cervini and is joined by Tara Davidson, Joel Frahm, William Carn, Adrean Farrugia and Dan Loomis

Margaret Stowe Trio
6pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Surefire Sweat
6pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
The local party band draws on a variety of musical traditions including funk, jazz, brass band, blues and Afrobeat

Guillaume Perret
7pm | Church of The Redeemer
From France, Perret plays solo - saxophone and effects - to create a unique sound which should be enhanced by Church of the Redeemer's acoustics

Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie Trio
 
7pm | Heliconian Hall
Three important contributors to Toronto's improvised music community - Bill Gilliam (piano), Kayla Milmine (soprano saxophone) and Ambrose Pottie (drums)

T.Dot BANGERZ Brass
7:15pm | Village of Yorkville Park
You haven't seen anything like this - Toronto's only hip-hop and trap brass band

Humber College Music Faculty Nonet
8pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Nine of Humber's outstanding teachers take to the stage to put into practice the concepts they aim to imbue each year in their students

YUKA
8:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
Hard-hitting and dynamic funk band that has dance floors packed everywhere they go

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Lauren Falls Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel

Saturday, June 30


FEATURED PERFORMANCES

Heather Bambrick & Friends with Russ Little Quartet feat. Carol Welsman
7:30pm | Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill
A festival within the Festival showcasing a lineup of some of Canada's best-loved jazz luminaries


Joe Policastro Trio
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

GoGo Penguin
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar


FREE PERFORMANCES
Allison Au Quartet
12pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
JUNO-Award winning Allison Au's music transports you to a place where instrumentals ring bold and emotions run free

Shirantha Beddage Quartet
12:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
A two-time JUNO-nominee, he combines hard bop and modern jazz to create a sound that is both accessible and sophisticated

Bateria Workshop
2pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Mike Downes Quartet
2:30pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s

Brandi Disterheft Trio
3pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Autorickshaw
3:15pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
Their music lies on the cultural cutting edge as contemporary jazz, funk and folk meld with the classical and popular music of India

Conundrum
4:45pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Ruben Esguerra New Tradition Music
5:15pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Explores a variety of Caribbean music genres while incorporating original ideas influenced by Latin and contemporary music and dance, reimagined in a contemporary urban context

Luis Mario Ochoa
6pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Brandi Disterheft Quartet
6pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
"She is what we call serious." - Oscar Peterson

Grex, Tyral
7pm | Church of The Redeemer
With a cappella quintet Grex, five outstanding singers defy what vocal music is "supposed to" sound like; Tryal then mixes voice, acoustic instruments and electronics to draw out emotions in ways which are anything but "standard"

Otterville
 
7pm | Heliconian Hall
Evoking the peace, quiet and simplicity of small-town Ontario, the all-star lineup includes Andrew Downing, Tara Davidson, Michael Davidson, Christine Bougie, Mike Smith and Nick Fraser

Samba Squad
7:15pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Hilario Duran "Contumbao"
8pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Nine of Humber's outstanding teachers take to the stage to put into practice the concepts they aim to imbue each year in their students

Okavango African Orchestra
8:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Brandi Disterheft Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel

Sunday, July 1


FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Radiohead Jazz Project
9:30pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar


FREE PERFORMANCES
Ted's Warren Commission
12pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Playing upbeat original compositions, with a sense of humor, it's a celebration of Canadian jazz on Canada Day!

Toronto's Blues Society Talent Search
12:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
The search for Canada's undiscovered blues talent is on! Six talented finalists will perform.

Bateria Workshop
2pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Lightstone / Katz / Koller Klezmer Trio
2pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Mallory Chipman Quintet
2:30pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
A pure, flexible voice, an adventurous approach to singing, and excellent arrangements, she'll be performing a mix of originals and unique interpretations of Leonard Cohen tunes

Conundrum
4:45pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Freeplay
5pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Jazz Musician Intensive Ensemble
5:15pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
A new initiative, 8 selected post-secondary students make up the ensemble under the direction of Mike Downes

Collective Order
6pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
Collective Order features 19 musicians, all whom are making a major contribution to the local jazz scene, playing in a variety of small ensemble makeups

Soren Nissen - Departures Quintet
 
7pm | Heliconian Hall
Catch one of Toronto's fast rising jazz stars. Soren's Departures is a unique ensemble featuring his original compositions performed by piano, sax, tabla, bass and drums

Escola de Samba
7:15pm | Village of Yorkville Park

Marito Marques
8pm | OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave.
Mashing up African roots music with jazz and pop, he consistently crafts interesting and lush compositions which are unique on the Toronto scene

Filo Machado & Escola de Samba de Toronto
8:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St.
The outstanding Brazilian guitarist, singer and composer Filo Machado, in a collaboration with local musicians under the direction of Alan Hetherington. And we're throwing in high energy samba group Escola de Samba de Toronto for good measure!

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Lauren Falls Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel

Visit www.torontojazz.com for more information

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