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Tom Foster

Tom Foster attended North Texas State University majoring in percussion and Jazz Education. He has appeared in many television, radio, and theater performances and has performed on a variety of recordings including film scores (Bye Bye Blues) , albums , and jingles. Tom toured Canada and Europe with the “EdJE”, winners of the 1988 Alcan Jazz Competition , and toured Japan and mainland China in 1983 with the Tommy Banks Quintet. He has performed with a host of notable international musicians including: Pepper Adams, Sonny Stitt, Mose Allison, Art Farmer, Nat Adderley, Kenny Wheeler, Red Holloway, Frank Foster, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Murphy, Herb Ellis Since relocating to Vancouver, B.C

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Florian Hoefner

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist […] reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz. With the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe

Suresh Singaratnam

Suresh Singaratnam is a trumpeter of uncommon breadth - unique not only for the small crowd he inhabits as a virtuoso of both classical and jazz styles but also for the continuity and clarity of his voice across both idioms. When he began to study the trumpet at age nine, it never occurred to him that he might have to choose between the two. Torontonian by way of Zambia (where he was born) and the U.K., Singaratnam boasts a background that defies classification as nimbly as his artistic taste. In eighth grade he asked a music teacher if she knew of anyone who played both jazz and classical trumpet at a high level and she steered him to Wynton Marsalis, two of whose records he promptly went out and bought

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New Orleans’ Next Great Big Thing! Quiana Lynell To Play Toronto's George Weston Recital Hall

New Orleans’ Next Great Big Thing! Quiana Lynell To Play Toronto's George Weston Recital Hall

TO Live presents “New Orleans’ next big thing”—Quiana Lynell—at the George Weston Recital Hall on February 15, 2020. Part of TO Live’s “Jazz at the George” series, all tickets are $35 and are available online at meridianartscentre.com, by calling 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754, or in person at select TO Live box offices. Winner of the prestigious Sarah ...

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Alex Bird

THE STORY... Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor in Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released debut album “Whisky Kisses”, recorded at Canterbury Studios with the masterful, Jeremy Darby. The album is comprised of 12 songs with 11 being originals written by Alex. “The Way She Moves”, one of the originals off the album, is being released on November, 30th, 2019. Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a young boy he was taken to hang around the Toronto Jazz scene, and had the opportunity to see and meet many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Ray Charles...the list goes on

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Songs of Nick Drake

Read "Songs of Nick Drake" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Nick Drake recorded three of the most sublime albums in the history of folk-rock (or any other genre) in his brief lifetime. He died in relative obscurity at the age of 26 in 1974. A devoted cult following has emerged, and his stature has grown immeasurably in the decades since his passing. Drake's work has been ...

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Rodrigo Simoes

Rodrigo Simões is a Brazilian musician and composer who has been living in Quebec - Canada. Through his musical creations, he shares a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. Early on in his musical career, this guitarist and mandolinist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson and Jean-Pierre Zanella)

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Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes

Read "Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a vast array of notable singers that have been given unto us from the Great White North. In terms of star power you have Joni Mitchell, k.d. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Bruce Cockburn, the lovably twangy Neil Young and a croaky Leonard Cohen. And, of course, we have genre-straddling, jazz-breathing mega-names like Michael Bublé ...

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Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

Read "Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

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King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis

Read "King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis" reviewed by John Kelman

King Crimson 2019 Celebration Tour Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Canada Théâtre St-Denis, Montréal, Canada September 14 & 17, 2019 After covering six shows including two 2014 dates in San Francisco, another two 2015 shows in Montréal, and single, back-to-back 2017 performances in Montréal and Toronto, perhaps the biggest question is:


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