Sunday, June 10, 2012

TD Toronto Jazz - The Free Shows! June 23 - July 1 2012

From a media release:

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
The Free Shows!
June 23 - July 1, 2012

TORONTO - The TD Toronto Jazz Festival strives to make music available to as many listeners as possible, encouraging people to expand their musical horizons and try a taste of something new. This year, the Festival is proud to present more than 50 free concerts at four outdoor venues, where listeners can bask in the summer sun while listening to a world of jazz sounds.
The stages are spread throughout the city, with a north-end stage at the Shops at Don Mills, two stages in the Historic Distillery District, and daily Afterwork Concerts at Nathan Phillips Square . Though the artists all fall under the jazz umbrella, their individual sounds vary greatly, offering everything from stomping Klezmer beats (Lemon Bucket Orkestra) and lilting Latin rhythms (Eliana Cuevas Ensemble) to funky horn dance tunes (Get The Blessing) and crooning jazz vocals (Sophia Perlman / Adrean Farrugia Duo).

In addition to free live concerts to bring music to the masses, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival also offers music lovers a chance to get up close and personal with some of this year's performers at daily live interview sessions hosted at the Festival’s heart at Nathan Phillips Square . The hour-long sessions, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage, will be hosted by the Festival's former Artistic Director Jim Galloway and current Artistic Director Josh Grossman. Avid fans and curious concert-goers alike will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a different performer each day and learn more about each artist’s career in jazz, their musical process, and what it is that drives them.

Saturday, June 23
Jim Galloway
Houston Person (Canadian Jazz Quartet with Houston Person)
Sunday, June 24
Jim Galloway
William Carn (Carn Davidson 9)
Monday, June 25
Jim Galloway
Roberta Gambarini
Tuesday, June 26
Jim Galloway
Wednesday, June 27
Jim Galloway
John Medeski ( Spectrum Road )
Thursday, June 28
Josh Grossman
Gretchen Parlato
Friday, June 29
Josh Grossman
David Braid (David Braid Sextet)
Saturday, June 30
Josh Grossman
Gord Sheard (Gord Sheard’s Brazilian Jazz Experience)
Sunday, July 1
Josh Grossman
Norman Marshall Villeneuve (Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message Quartet)

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