TD Toronto Jazz Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TOMORROW
OPENING WEEKEND FESTIVAL PICKS

Friday, June 24
FEATURED PERFORMANCES:
An Evening with Sarah McLachlan
8 p.m. – Sony Centre (1 Front Street East)
Multi-platinum singer and songwriter best known for her intimate vocals and relatable lyrics

KC and The Sunshine Band
9 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square (FREE)
After more than 40 years, the legendary supergroup can still throw-down

Heather Bambrick & Friends feat. Alex Pangman with Russ Little Quartet
7:30 p.m. – Home Smith Bar, The Old Mill (21 Old Mill Road)
Heather Bambrick joins forces with 2016 JUNO nominee Alex Pangman to breathe new life into the beloved standards of the classic jazz era

Bill Charlap Trio
8 p.m. / 10 p.m. – Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
A premier jazz pianist whose trio is recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz

FREE PERFORMANCES:
Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran
12:30 p.m. – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)
Multiple JUNO-award winner, Jane Bunnett plays with one of the world’s most innovative pianist of Afro-Cuban music & Latin jazz

Tia Brazda Quartet

5 p.m. – Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)
“A technicolour swing that’s just the thing” – Globe and Mail

Heavyweights Brass Band w. Jay Douglas

6:30 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
Inspired by the New Orelans sound, they pack a powerful one-two punch in brass tradition

We Came to Get Down: Swing vs. Street

7:30 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
Contemporary street dancers pop, lock and break it down while vintage swing dancers lindy, charleston and jitterbug in a friend dance battle

Saturday, June 25
FEATURED PERFORMANCES:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
8:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillps Square
They have single handedly revived soul and funk music

Heather Bambrick & Friends feat. Broadsway with the Russ Little Quartet
7:30 p.m. – Home Smith Bar, The Old Mill (21 Old Mill Road)
Jazzy cabaret with a distinctive Broadway bent

Bill Charlap Trio
8 p.m. / 10 p.m. – Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)

FREE PERFORMANCES:

Jarrod Lawson
12:30 p.m. – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)
“Everything he touches turns to soul”

Bill King’s Rhythm Express

12:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Regent Park School of Music
2 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
RPSM animates the Square with interactive opportunities for kids of all ages!

Joe Sealy – Solo Piano
3 p.m. – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)

Slocan Ramblers
3 p.m. – Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)
Toronto’s young bluegrass band to watch

Bob Brough Trio
5 p.m. – Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)
…46 years later, Bob’s original artistic vision, to make music and be heard, continues

Jarrod Lawson
6:30 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Sunday, June 26
FEATURED PERFORMANCES:
Lee Fields & The Expressions / Allen Stone
8:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
A pitch-perfect powerhouse, Allen Stone identifies as the “hippie with soul”
Lee Fields brings James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul

Laila Biali Trio + Phil Dwyer

8 p.m. / 10 p.m. – Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
“She is an exciting and unique talent” – Sting

FREE PERFORMANCES:
Molly Johnson
12:30 p.m. – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West)
Molly’s luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards speak to an emotional depth that few vocalists in any genre have ever reached

Toronto Mass Choir
12:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
On the cutting edge of the Canadian gospel music scene

Tanika Charles
2 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
“The most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto” – CBC Music

Sam Dickinson Trio
3 p.m. – Pool Deck, Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel

Rhythm & Truth

3 p.m. – Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)

Blue Moon Marquee

5 p.m. – Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)

Jamison Ross
6:30 p.m. – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square
A 2016 Grammy nominee, he takes listeners on a musical journey that unifies his drumming with his vocal gifting

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

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