TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
June 23 - July 2, 2006
By Paul J. Youngman KJA - Jazz Advocate
The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will once again be taking over the city of Toronto, as more than 350 concerts will be presented over ten days and twelve nights. New for 2006 are two series, Euro Jazz and the Cabaret Series, and two new celebrations, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Phat Tuesday, as well as an on-site JAZZ.FM91 broadcast centre.
Feature concerts include: Etta James June 27, 2006 at the Hummingbird Centre, John Zorn June 28, 2006 at the Music Hall and Dave Brubeck July 3, 2006 at Massey Hall. Brubeck is not officially a part of the festival as he is just outside the officially announced dates for the festival. Rest assured my Toronto Jazz festival runs through to July 3, 2006.
The official launch of the festival takes place at Nathan Phillips Square, a magnificent courtyard directly in front of Toronto’s City Hall. The performers play on a soundstage in a large tent, these are the mainstage concert events, the line up for 2006 is as follows:
June 23 - Robbi Botos, Molly Johnson, June 24 - Mingus Big Band, Marcus Miller, June 25 - Real Divas Concert, June 26 - Ken Fortran Quartet, Charlie Hunter Trio, Christian McBride Band, DJ Logic, June 27 - Loco Zydeco, Kevin Clark, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, June 28 - The Dexters, Marceo Parker, June 29 - Vijay Iyer, McCoy Tyner Septet June 30 - Roberto Occhipinti, Paquito D’rivera Quintet, July 1 - Laila Biali Trio, Pharoah Sanders & Kennny Garrett, July 2 - John Pizzarelli, Ann Hampton Callaway & Diva Big Band.
Euro Jazz will showcase some of the most exciting European jazz artists today. You will be treated to equal parts cutting edge, avant-garde and electronic. The Igor Butman Quartet, Joost Buis, Wibutee, the Jeanette Lindström Quintet and Zanussi Five.
The Tank House Theatre, located in the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, will host the Cabaret Series. Six outstanding entertainers will provide the song, the theatre, the comedy and the dance as this series features vocalists from the worlds of jazz, theatre and film presenting performances as unique and individual as the performers themselves. Adi Braun, George Evans, Andy Bey, Sandra Caldwell, Michel Bérubé and Lori Cullen will all participate in this exciting new series.
Francophones and Anglophones alike are invited to celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day with a little touch of jazz on June 24. Nathan Phillips Square will play host to free afternoon performances by Québec musicians. The French Connection Series continues throughout the week as more than a dozen French musicians are presented during the festival.
Honouring the birthplace of jazz, on Tuesday June 27 Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed in the spirit of New Orleans as the festival celebrates Phat Tuesday. The tradition-rich Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at the Toronto Star Stage that evening, alongside local band Loco Zydeco and New Orleanian transplant Trumpeter, Kevin Clark.
GreekTown will once again carry the sweet sounds of jazz to Toronto’s East side, commonly referred to as the Danforth as the Tuborg Stage returns for another year. The Stage will feature evening performances from 6pm to 9pm and weekend afternoon performances starting at 2pm. Alexander the Great Parkette, at Danforth and Logan Avenue, will play host to these free sessions that include Dave Buchbinder’s Klezmer Trio, Escola de Samba, Ena Kena and Sultans of String.