McCoy Tyner was announced, the crowd stood and applauded, a heroes welcome. Many in the audience worship the keys that Tyner dances upon. Bassist, Charnett Moffett, many including myself, worship the keys he plays in and drummer Eric Kamdu Gravatt took to the stage. Tyner was not with them, regroup, locate McCoy Tyner and take two. The audience breathed a collective sigh of relief, thankfully nothing had gone awry and all were on stage shortly. Tyner gazed out over the audience and affirmed h
About Last Night
Jazz festival time is a great time in Toronto; clubs that I normally wouldn’t attend lure me out with the promise of great music. After taking in a concert what better way to end the night than with a night cap at a near by club featuring trumpet master Marcus Belgrave and his quartet.
Marcus Belgrave is best known as a teenage virtuoso trumpet player for the Ray Charles band; he joined the band in 1954 (at the age of 18) and according to
The festivals 20th anniversary celebration commenced with 27-year-old jazz piano phenom Robi Botos. Botos was joined on stage by his brother Frank on drums and Attila Darvas playing bass. Robi Botos was the winner of the prestigious 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival solo piano competition.
Botos, who was born in Nyiregyhaza-Hungary into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family, immigrated to Canada in 1998. Shortly after arriving
Art Of Jazz Performance, Education, Cultivation
Review by Paul J. Youngman Jazz Advocate
Advertised as, 5 days, 50 jazz greats. A lifetime of memories. This spring jazz festival in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, took place over the commonly known May 2-4 weekend, officially known as the Victoria Day long weekend, May 17- 21, 2006. Mother Nature was working against the outdoor component of the festival, that’s a shame for the local acts t
The Art of Jazz - Spring Festival
A Tribute To Don Thompson May 19, 2006 - 9:30 PM The Distillery Historic District - Toronto On., Canada
By: Paul J. Youngman, Jazz Advocate
What better way to kick off the inaugural Art of Jazz Toronto Spring Jazz Festival than with a tribute to an icon of the Canadian jazz scene. Don Thompson, award winning multi instrumentalist, (piano, bass, vibraphone and percussion) composer and educator, was born in Pow
Art of Jazz Celebration
Young Centre For The Performing Arts The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada
May 18, 2006 9:30 PM - A Tribute to Barry Harris
By Paul J. Youngman KJA Jazz Advocate
The show started with an introduction to Hank Jones, the legendary pianist took to the stage and announced his selection, Poke a Dots and Moonbeams. Mr. Jones performed the song solo and his interpretation was breathtakingly beautiful. Bassist Earl May and
GUELPH Hot off the heels from its trip to Toronto to accept the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival is releasing a stellar 2010 concert line-up that includes a new, and very intriguing dusk-to-dawn event called Nuit Blanche.
The complete schedule encompasses an array of activity and free community offerings, from the random and roving performances taking place in
Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette & Gary Peacock Return to TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 30 - Four Seasons Centre - Tickets on Sale Monday, March 1, 2010
Toronto One of the most vital forces in jazz, Keith Jarrett will return to centre stage for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 30 at the Four Seasons Centre. Often described as the preeminent jazz group interpreting standards today, Jarrett will be joined by drummer Jack DeJohnette an
Not only do we present jazz stars on stage - top names, Oliver Jones, Carol Welsman, Phil Dwyer, Hilario Duran, Lorraine Desmarais and Robi Botos to name a few - that, you would expect - but we present them in a very special place: The County.
You may know Prince Edward County - in which case you have felt it
For detailed listings, more club shows and free concerts visit www.torontojazz.com
The sounds of jazz will have feet tappin’ and fingers snappin’ as the 23rd edition of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival swings its way into summer, running from June 26 to July 5, 2009. Be a part of the action as more than 1,500 musicians, performing in over 350 concerts, descend upon Toronto for the city’s largest music festival. Get jazzed this summer!