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HERBIE HANCOCK / KAMASI WASHINGTON @ Roy Thomson Hall (Aug 6, 2019)

Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington, two jazz generational heavyweights joined together for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enlighten, enliven, and celebrate. So it’s not just what I’ve done in the past, but the fact that I’m physically here now and accessible Herbie Hancock (New York Times) Kamasi Washington started off the night with attendees already […]

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TD Toronto Jazz 2019: DIANA ROSS @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (June 24, 2019)

Dazzling. Legendary. Iconic. Stunning. Diana Ross graced the stage at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for the 2019 edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Dazzling… Starting off with “I’m Coming Out”, apropos as the Toronto Jazz Festival over-lapped with Toronto’s Pride Week. Legendary… With an immaculate catalogue of some of the most […]

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KAMAAL WILLIAMS / HENRY WU – The Return Tour @Velvet Underground (March 3, 2019)

An ocean away from South London UK, Kamaal Williams, the latest project spearheaded by Henry Wu (formerly Yussef Kamaal, Breakthrough Act of 2017 Jazz FM Awards) made its live debut in Toronto. Equally adventurous, many braced the frigid temperatures on a Sunday night to see Wu’s Canadian appearance at the Velvet Underground. A sold out, […]

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Upcoming: LIP TALK, Chrome Sparks & Kalbells @ Velvet Underground (Feb 24, 2019)

“I imagined characters in the songs like scenes in a movie”  LIP TALK, the project and alternate identity of frontwoman Sarah K. Pedinotti, appears with Chrome Sparks and Kalbells at Velvet Underground on Feb 24th. (Tickets and complete info here.) Pedinotti has played with artists as stylistically diverse as rock band Okkervil River, experimental-pop band Kalbells (see her in this NPR Tiny Desk performance), […]

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SOFT MACHINE – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR @ The Garrison (Oct 16, 2018)

Legendary British progressive jazz-rock-fusion band Soft Machine made its long-awaited appearance in Toronto. Featuring John Etheridge (guitar), Theo Travis (sax, flute, Fender Rhodes piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and John Marshall (drums), Soft Machine celebrated 50 years performing jazz-rock-fusion classics from the early 60’s, 70’s, the Legacy years and new material from their latest release Hidden […]

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TIFF 2018: Quincy Premiere @ Princess of Wales Theatre (Sep 9, 2018)

A special TIFF premiere of “Quincy” with arguably one of the most successful, influential artists of all time — Quincy Jones. With Quincy’s daughter Rashida Jones leading the charge in creating the documentary, the audience was treated to compelling insights into Quincy’s life. A very special performance from another great Chaka Khan (w. Mark Ronson & Yebba […]

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival: HERBIE HANCOCK @ Sony Centre (June 29, 2018)

Vanguardist… It is without question that the word “jazz” epitomizes the legendary “Herbie Hancock”, and vice-versa. Both, synonymous and interchangeable within the worlds of freeform, adventurous, voyeuristic soundscapes.   The 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival welcomed Herbie Hancock to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, a definitive highlight of the festival this year. Flanked […]

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CMW 2018: The First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit @ The Rec Room (May 9)

Music information guru Alan Cross hosted The First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit, with notable vinyl aficionados Ivar Hamilton (VP Catalogue Universal Music Canada) and Akim Boldrieff (co-founder of the Toronto Downtown Records Show and Sonic Temple).   With sales of new vinyl in Canada up over 50% from last year, along with the traffic in used […]

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RON CARTER BIG BAND @ Blue Note NYC (April 14, 2018)

Considered one of the world’s most famous jazz venues, the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York’s Greenwich Village hosted another famous legend, bassist Ronald Levin “Ron” Carter.  Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of the music’s […]

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KAMASI WASHINGTON @ The Danforth Music Hall (Nov 16, 2017)

In Toronto to promote his latest EP, Harmony of Difference, Kamasi Washington along with his 7-piece band played two sold out shows at The Danforth Music Hall.   A true jazz musician for today’s generation of fans, Washington played selections from Harmony of Difference with “Truth” and previous album, The Epic including “Askim“, “Re Run Home” & […]

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