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What time is it?

Like, literally. My alarm went off at 5:45 am this morning, so I’m a little foggy on details like time of day and complete sentences. I didn’t even realize there was a 5:45 in the morning…

The hits keep coming

First - the Festival doesn’t often overlap with Father’s Day, but this year’s calendar being what it is, I can officially say: Happy Father’s Day!

So far so good

If my typing looks a little jumpy, it’s because I’m bopping along to the Freshkills Collective and Junia-T, part of our Groove and Graffiti festivities at Nathan Phillips Square…

And so it begins

Almost two weeks of festivities, shenanigans, fun and incredible music. The 2015 TD Toronto Jazz Festival gets underway tomorrow!

Each year around this time I write a blog post highlighting the various ways you can take in the jazz festival. The idea of exploration always seems to be central - discovering new artists and new venues, checking out a style outside your usual tastes or maybe even outside your comfort zone. Whatever you're seeking, you're sure to find it somewhere over the 12 days of the festival.

Moar partners!

We're in the final run-up to this year's festival and the office is abuzz with the kind of controlled (ish) chaos always present at this time of year. There are last-minute logistics to work out, schedules to create, and shows to push - this morning I did an interview en francais. (Or, perhaps more accurately, franglais.)

A plethora of partners

Believe it or not, opening night of the 2015 TD Toronto Jazz Festival is only a week away! The artists are all booked, the shows all announced, and we're picking up steam. I'm looking forward to twelve or so great days of concerts, socializing and seeing how my body reacts to several nights in a row without much sleep. I believe coffee and I are going to become even better friends. (Which reminds me - best espresso near Nathan Phillips Square?)

Celebrations euphoric and bittersweet

The 2015 TD Toronto Jazz Festival is only two weeks away. That's a bit ridiculous. To suggest that things have been a little hectic around here would be an understatement and now, suddenly, it's almost go time.

Before launching into festival pre-amble mode, though, I wanted to pause and reflect on two celebrations which took place last week. As this post's title suggests, the first was euphoric; the second, bittersweet.

Making beautiful music together

This week we wrap up a process which started eight months ago - the final TD Discovery Series Special Projects presentation of 2015 is Thursday, April 30 at Jazz Bistro.

We have experienced three different projects so far: a showcase of Alex Brown's Afro-Cuban/jazz fusion; the celebration of Robi Botos' album Movin' Forward and, this past weekend, Riverrun's 12-hour music marathon. To wrap up the series, Alex Goodman brings his Chamber Quintet to the Jazz Bistro stage.

This cup Riverruneth over

Our TD Discovery Series Special Projects presentations wrap up at the end of this month (that's next week…already…) with two shows which are bound to make a unique mark on the local scene: next Thursday, April 30, Alex Goodman kicks off a three-night stint at Jazz Bistro premiering his Chamber Quintet; today I'm pleased to write about Tom Richards' Riverrun Marathon 2.0, happening tomorrow - Saturday, April 25 at Beit Zatoun.

Just do it

A few years ago, on a visit to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (my alma mater), I swung by the jazz bulletin board on the main floor to see what was happening jazz-wise at the faculty. On the board was an open letter of sorts, written by one of the faculty members, and addressed to students of the jazz program. The letter was posted shortly after the death of a major jazz icon (I forget which) and was encouraging (imploring?) the students to be sure to see living legends in action before it was too late.


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