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August 17, 2006

Toronto Jazz Series Upcoming Season

Written by
cindy mcleod

Toronto Jazz Series Changes Name and Venue

Canada’s longest-running jazz concert series has changed it’s name and location to reflect it’s international status. JAZZFM91’s Sound of Jazz Series kicks off Sept. 18 at Harbourfront with saxophonist Jim John’s Swing Shift big band.

Organizers have dropped the “Toronto” from the name of the annual series that runs through March to include the talent that comes from other parts of the nation that now live and perform in that city. This year’s concerts are also seeing a venue change, with the 11 shows being split between the Old Mill Inn and the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

The series began in 1976 as eight live concerts that were broadcasted from the Science Centre on CJRT-FM, Ryerson’s radio station and the forerunner of Toronto’s only 24-hour jazz station, JAZZFM91.1.

The 2006-07 season includes tributes to Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, plus showcases for flute, organ, trios and Jazz on Broadway. Featuring the finest in Canadian jazz, concerts will be performed by such notables as Bernie Senensky, Don Thompson, Nancy Walker and Guido Basso. See schedule below:


September 18 2006 8PM
Glen Woodcock Big Band Show with Jim John’s Swing Shift Big Band
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

October 16 2006 8PM
A Tribute to the Flute featuring master flautists Bill McBirnie, Colleen Allen, Alex Dean and Vern Dorge
The Old Mill Inn

October 30 2006 8PM
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson showcasing the piano ingenuity of Robi Botos, Mark Eisenman, Dave Restivo, Bernie Senensky, Don Thompson, and Nancy Walker
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

November 20 2006 8PM
Let’s Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker starring trumpet/flugelhorn maestro Guido Basso
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

December 4 2006 8PM
B3 or Bust! featuring widely-acclaimed organist Denis Keldie and the Denis Keldie Quintet: Denis (B3) Tony Quarrington (guitar) Howard Gaul (drums) Kevin Clark (trumpet) Christopher Plock (saxes, vocals
The Old Mill Inn

December 11 2006
Christmas with Emilie-Claire Barlow hosted by Emilie-Claire, one of Canada’s favourite vocalists. This concert will also be the official release of her new seasonal CD!
The Old Mill Inn

January 15 2007 8PM
Peter Appleyard – Vibraphonist showcasing the vibraphone genius of the great Peter Appleyard. This concert will be Peter’s live CD recording!
Venue and ticket info TBA

January 22 2007 8PM
Waylen Miki, Pianist featuring always-entertaining pianist Waylen Miki in a sextet setting plus vocalists. They’ll perform jazz versions of TV themes.
The Old Mill Inn

February 12 2007 8PM
Louis and Ella: the Great American Songbook Valentine’s Day Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald featuring vocalist June Garber, Mike Lewis on vocals and piano, Kevin Clark on trumpet
The Old Mill Inn

February 27 2007 8PM
Jazz on Broadway with illustrious pianist Gene Dinovi and his stellar Gene Dinovi Trio
The Old Mill Inn

March 12 2007 8PM
A Trio of Trios featuring the Steve Koven Trio, the Robi Botos Trio and a special surprise trio.
The Old Mill Inn

For more information visit www.jazz.fm

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