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Natural Selection

Right around now is when I start listening to submissions in earnest...and I thought I would share my thoughts on this part of the process.


This is nothing new, and shouldn't be a surprise. But it kinda hurt. There was some pretty great music happening on stage - especially Sunday night - being performed by seasoned professionals. And people didn't want to pay $9 to hear it.

What's the deal with demographics?

For the sake of argument, I'm going to make some sweeping generalizations today. Here we go…

This one time…at the jazz festival…

It's a bit hard to believe, but the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival wrapped up nearly one month ago. Over the past several weeks, I've enjoyed some downtime, and have had a chance to process various aspects of this year's festival. We had our official internal post-festival review last week, and it helped to distill some of my thoughts even further. There is lots to discuss…so rather than tackle it all in one post, I'll start today with two topics.

That's a wrap! (Sort of…)

We had some pretty fantastic music on our stages yesterday to wrap up the official part of the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival. There are still a few acts today and tomorrow - the list is below. Here's my recap of Saturday's activity:

Wait, what?!

How can it be the last official day of the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival? I mean, I guess it makes sense - it's Saturday, I'm exhausted, my ears are full of great music, and Canada Day is right around the corner. But still - already? Well, here's my report on the second last day…

Where has the week gone?!

An impressive debut, some fantastic students, and lots of great music. This was my Thursday:

    Two for the price of one

    I had a hectic morning yesterday - as you may know, my big band performed at 12:30 as part of the Big Band Series - and so I'm a day behind on my blogging. As a result, I'm going to keep the two days worth of summaries fairly brief…

    Tuesday June 25

    Music is fun

    I've probably already used that title for a blog post at some point in the last four years but I'm tired, it's hot, and the power is out at home, so my creative muse is clearly stuck in transit. But also, after yesterday's lineup, it's a most appropriate title. Here's the rundown:

    Summer has arrived

    If there was any doubt about whether summer had arrived in Toronto, it was put to rest yesterday - beautiful sunshine, and hot, hot, hot. I was particularly thankful yesterday for the big tent - which provided much-needed shelter for the 12:30 show - and the various air conditioned venues. Here's a quick recap of my Sunday:


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