Traditional Jazz

Rob Christian

One of the hottest young "lions" playing in Toronto today. His vocals and re-workings of standard jazz and current sounds make him someone not to miss. Known primarily as a jazz instrumentalist, more recently Rob Christian has been exploring other musical genres as a singer and songwriter. His own modern urban style has emerged as fusions of jazz, r&b and soul, in addition to his highly respected saxophone playing.

Jake Wilkinson Quartet

One of the most advanced and versitile trumpet players who has recorded with the likes of John Hicks and Bob Mover as well as with his own groups.

Ken Skinner

Leader, pianist and chief composer for the jazzmongers! since 1989 Ken fuses his traditional jazz with new and fresh sounds and sweet vocals.

Taylor Cook Quintet

Taylor is a 22-year old saxophone player who recently completed the Jazz Performance Program on saxophone, flute and clarinet at the University of Toronto. Originally from Penticton, BC, Taylor now lives in Toronto.

Red Hot Ramble

New Orleans Style Funk, Jazz and Blues with Roberta Hunt (Vocals/Piano), Allison Young (Sax), Jack Zorawski (Bass) & Glenn Anderson (Drums)

Billy Hart

His first steady gigs of note were with Shirley Horn and Buck Hill. In the 1960’s he toured with Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris, and Pharoah Sanders. In 1970 he joined Herbie Hancock’s Sextet, and after that band broke up in 1973 he joined first McCoy Tyner (two years) and then Stan Getz (four). In the 1980’s Hart was a regular with many bands and leaders: Gerry Mulligan, Billy Harper, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, the Jazztet, Mingus Dynasty and most extensively with Quest (with David Liebman, Ritchie Beirach, and Ron McClure).

David Braid Sextet

David Braid (Piano), Mike Murley (Sax), John MacLeod (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Nova Scotia’s Gene Smith (Trombone), Steve Wallace (Bass) & Terry Clarke (Drums).

Berklee College of Music: Mario Castro Quintet

Berklee College of Music in Boston has educated many artists on the forefront of the music industry. So it's appropriate that the college is bringing one of its most enterprising student groups to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. At the Stage Club Jazz CBC/Radio-Canada, Puerto Rican saxophonist Mario Castro leads four of Berklee's best musicians, from spots as far-flung as South Korea, Israel and California.

Jeremy Pelt Quintet

5x Downbeat & Jazz Journalists Association Rising Star Award Winner: New York’s Jeremy Pelt Quintet: Jeremy Pelt(Trumpet) w/ JD Allen (Sax), Danny Grissett (Piano), Dwayne Burno (Bass) & Gerald Cleaver (Drums).

John-Wayne

Born in West Kensington, London, England, Guitarist John Phil Wayne has pursued a career as a Jazz Solo Guitarist since 1961 at the age of 12 and at 17 became professional with work through the years as an International Concert Musician, Composer and Conductor/Arranger. He wrote and performed a series of Film Music for the M.G.M., Warner Tamerlane etc.

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