TUESDAYS AND SATURDAYS IN JUNE
JAZZ IN YORKVILLE
TONI BULLONI RESTAURANT
156 Cumberland Street
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Jazz continues every Tuesday and Saturday in June at Toni Bulloni in Yorkville. Duos and trios perform while you dine... it's a cozy room with a capacity of about 40! Enjoy a prix fixe four-course menu (including entertainment) for $39.00! Tuesdays this month feature Carolyn Credico (10th), Ori Dagan (17th) and Sophia Perlman (24th). Saturdays feature Don Francks (7th), Christopher Plock (14th), Terra Hazelton (21st) and Alex Samaras (28th).
They also have an a La Carte menu (minimum purchase $25 for dining room seating). Contact by phone to make a dinner reservation. Downbeat is 8:00pm on Tuesday and 9:00pm on Saturday.
SUNDAY JUNE 15
JAZZ.FM91 YOUTH BIG BAND FUNDRAISER
1585 Dundas West (West of Dufferin)
doors @ 6:00pm | show @ 7:00pm
$20 / $10 for students with ID
Dinner reservations guarantee seating - call 416.588.0307 for reservations
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This family event will feature performances by the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band with special guest soloists as well as an all-star alumni group!
Entering its seventh year, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is a free program that provides the opportunity for middle and high-school students in the Toronto area to hone their musical skills in a professional environment. Students audition each year for membership in the group, led by Musical Director Jules Estrin. Members take part in weekly Saturday rehearsals and perform over fifteen concerts throughout Ontario and the United States. This year's summer concert calendar includes
performances at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival, Kincardine Summer Music Festival, and Markham Jazz Festival.
Fellow students, parents, teachers, educators, musicians, and fans continue to this unique community music program. All proceeds from the event will go to the Youth Big Band program.
THE TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
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Toronto once again becomes Jazz Mecca when the TD Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off. Every jazz club in town is going to be packed... many new venues and of course the big ticket items at Nathan Phillips Square and a number of large venues such as Koerner Hall, Roy Thompson Hall and St. Lawrence Centre For The Performing Arts. Check their site for details.
Locally, many of Toronto's very best can be seen playing all around town, including: Alex Pangman, Brandi Disterheft, Chris Gale, Don Francks, Elizabeth Shepherd, Fraser Melvin, Geoff Torrn, Henry Heillig, Irene Torres, Jackie Richardson, Kirk MacDonald, Luis Mario Ochoa, Mark McLean, Neil Braithwaite, Ori Dagan, Paul Read, Ron Davis, Steve Koven, Ted Quinlan, Wade O. Brown and Yvette Tollar. (Maybe next year they'll include artists with first names that begin with Q, U and Z!)
As for the big shows, and this list is just scratching the surface...get your tickets now or be ready to be disappointed! BULLHORN recommends: Gregory Porter on June 20th at Jane Mallett Theatre; David Clayton-Thomas (Oakland Stroke opening) on June 21st at the main stage, Nathan Phillips Square; Hiromi; The Trio Project (with Anthony Jackson on bass and Simon Phillips on drums) at Koerner Hall on June 24th; Keith Jarrett (solo piano) at Roy Thompson Hall on June 25th and Bobby McFerrin on June 27th.
SUNDAY JUNE 22
GARY MORGAN'S PANAMERICANA
1585 Dundas West
doors 7:00pm | show 8:00pm.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
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New York-based Gary Morgan returns to Toronto presenting his all-star, 21 piece, Canadian Latin jazz orchestra. Gordon Sheard, Paco Luviano, Mark Kelso, Rick Lazar and others join the Chilean-born, Toronto-raised composer, conductor and musician for an evening of pulsating, sparkling latin jazz.
Gary is an ex-Torontonian who worked for many years in nightclubs and in the recording and television industry in addition to playing with artists such as Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. He is a lifelong student of latin music, and developed a particular love of contemporary Brazilian music, and has made it his mission to translate the best of this music into the sound of the latin jazz orchestra.
On June 22nd Gary presents an exciting 21 piece all-star Canadian orchestra playing modern music from the Americas featuring many of Toronto's best jazz musicians.