Showtime...

Three months (since I started, anyway), hundreds of emails and dozens of phone calls later, we're ready for our close-up. This Tuesday, April 13, we'll be live-to-air on JAZZ.FM91 to announce the highlights from the 2010 TD Toronto Jazz Festival lineup. Things get underway around 2 pm; make sure you tune in!

Putting together the lineup is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of festival planning. We get to create - and sometimes even fulfill! - wish lists, listen to a ton of great music, make new connections, and meet new artists and managers. At the same time, it can be challenging, contentious, frustrating...it is, after all, a big puzzle: the right balance of genre, local and international artists, venues and, of course, fees, needs to be struck...and sometimes the pieces just don't fit together. Inevitably, we're going to let some people down, have disagreements and need to come at certain challenges from a variety of angles. But what we come out with is a fantastic mix of music and artists. (And it's still ongoing...I just now confirmed one of the artists for our Next Wave series after several weeks of negotiations...)

We'll be talking on Tuesday about the performers, but you can look forward to several interesting series of music: we'll have the main stage at Nathan Phillips Square; the Next Wave series at the Music Gallery; three concerts at the Enwave Theatre; three shows upstairs at the Hard Rock Cafe; two shows at Church of the Holy Trinity; the already-announced Koerner Hall series; five shows at Trane Studio; ten shows at Shops at Don Mills; and a variety of shows at other venues across the city. Plus our workshops, talkbacks and a new series of educational programming.

So - it's a full plate of jazz and jazz-related activity. Tune in to JAZZ.FM91, 2 pm on Tuesday for complete the details. And in the meantime, well, jazz-hands...

Josh

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