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December 14, 2005

Toronto Downtown Jazz Kicks Off

Written by
cindy mcleod

Toronto Downtown Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert Series

Toronto Downtown Jazz kicks off their 20th Anniversary Season with a series of concerts presented by JAZZ FM91. This series lineup will appeal to both the neophyte and jazz connoisseur, offering a little something to whet every appetite.

Playing throughout the city from February to April, the Anniversary Series features some exciting performances leading up to the TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Series June 23 – July 2, 2006.

The Bad Plus – February 8
This group rewrites the rules, busting up any and all preconceived notions of what an acoustic jazz trio should be. With their classic cover songs of Nirvana’s Smell’s Like Teen Spirit or Blondie’s Heart of Glass, experience the sound that is The Bad Plus. The Worst Pop Band Ever will be opening for The Bad Plus.

Chris Potter – February 15
Labeled as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, this Grammy nominated artist plays a powerful tone full of stylistic twists.

Charlie Hunter – February 22
With his unique 8-string guitar (3 bass strings and 5 guitar strings), Hunter plays a mix of funk, hip-hop, modern jazz and folk creating a sound he calls antacid jazz. Experimenting with different variations of improvised music, Hunter leads the pack of alternative musicians.

Cubanismo! – March 6
Their sound is inspired by the horn driven Cuban big bands of the 1940s with a kick of fresh, modern style. Led by Jesus Alemany and his 15-piece band, they are the tightest and most dynamic sound to come out of Cuba in a long time.

Randy Weston – March 10
Incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa in his sound, Weston is often cited with bringing the music of Africa to the fore in jazz. This pianist is a true innovator and visionary.

Russ Little – April 3
Trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor, Little has been a mainstay in the Canadian jazz scene for years. As a member of Lighthouse and The Boss Brass in the early days, he now leads his own group.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 16 at Ticketmaster
(416) 870-8000 or www.ticketmaster.ca
For more information visit www.torontojazz.com or www.gmpconcerts.com

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