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February 23, 2007

Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett Announced by Toronto Jazzfest

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz festivals

Piano Grand Masters Headline Toronto Jazzfest

Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and Keith Jarrett, three of the top jazz pianists in the field, will be headlining in Toronto this summer as part of TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival.

The official media announcement was made yesterday that the triumvirate of Grand Masters are slated to perform at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto’s new state-of-the-art theatre. Tickets are now on sale for the three concerts.

Grandmasters Series
* all performances start at 8pm

Dave Brubeck – Monday, June 25

On the heels of last year’s three-time standing ovation performance, Dave Brubeck returns once again with his stellar quartet on Monday, June 25, 2007. A legend already made, Brubeck is a virtuoso who shows no signs of slowing down. The New Yorker rightfully proclaimed this quartet as “the world’s most widely traveled, most highly publicized and most popular small group now playing improvised syncopated music.” Joining Brubeck are Randy Jones on drums, Bobby Militello on saxophone and Michael Moore on bass.

Oscar Peterson – Tuesday, June 26

Canada’s most beloved and celebrated pianist, Oscar Peterson, takes the stage on Tuesday, June 26, 2007. With a career that spans over six decades, Peterson’s notable accomplishments include – seven Grammy Awards, two Junos, The Queen’s Medal, a Companion in the Order of Canada and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of ten honourary doctorates and a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Those who have worked with Peterson read like a list of who’s who in jazz, from Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, just to name a few.

Keith Jarrett – Friday, June 29

With an equally illustrious career, Keith Jarrett is a brilliant composer, masterful pianist and a true genius whose sheer artistry has cemented his status in both classical music and jazz. On Friday, June 29, 2007, Jarrett along with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock will perform and show precisely why many have labeled this trio as the preeminent jazz group interpreting standards today.

For more information visit www.torontojazz.com

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