August ENEWS v28

Trombone Shorty Just Announced!
Summer's coming to a rapid end (seems like it was just yesterday we were enjoying the Jazz Fest) but we've got some supafunkrock to help with the transition. 

On Thursday, November 17 we're presenting one of the hottest stars to come out of New Orleans in a generation, Grammy nominated Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. 

Poised for stardom, 2010 was a breakout year for Trombone Shorty but this is a story 20 years in the making. He started playing at the tender age of six and by 19 was on a world tour with Lenny Kravitz. He has since gone on to perform with a list that reads like a who's who in music today - from U2 and Green Day to Branford Marsalis and Dr. John. 

His debut album, nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2011, has received rave reviews and even has the New York Times stating that Trombone Shorty is "so ready for his close-up...a native prodigy destined for breakout success." His sophomore album For True, is slated for a fall release (Sept 13).

A mash up of jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats, Trombone Shorty's sound, dubbed as supafunkrock, expands on the musical heritage of New Orleans' with the boldness of a true original. 

Toronto's own, The Heavyweights Brass Band will open. Fresh off the heels of their debut release, Don't Bring Me Down, the band is building great momentum with their signature mix of classic/soul funk covers, New Orleans standards, original modern jazz compositions and outrageous arrangements of Top 40 pop tunes. 

Call Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.5000 or click here.

Economic Impact Study

While the Festival is all about the music, it sometimes is about the money too. Afterall, you can't be around for 25 years and not have some impact on the economy. 

The results from our economic impact study are in and here are some impressive figures to wrap your mind around:

* the total economic impact of the Festival is $22.7 million
* Festival related spending translates to the equivalent of 298 full-year jobs. 
* local residents spent $20.5 million related to the Festival

We won't bore you with the rest of it but the numbers don't lie and we couldn't be more pleased. Thanks to all of you for making this a successful event! 

It's a party and you're invited

The annual Ken Page Memorial Trust Fundraising Gala is quickly approaching and we hope you'll go out and support a great cause. This September 15 at The Old Mill Inn, guests will be treated to a night of great food, great wine and most of all great jazz.

Musical guests will include: Houston Person, Warren Vache, Allan Vache, Terry Clarke, Kevin Turcotte, Guido Basso, George Masso, Neil Swainson, Laurie Bower, Alastair Kay, John MacLeod, Reg Schwager, John Sherwood and former Artistic Director Jim Galloway.

For more information contact Anne Page at 416.515.0200.

Markham Jazz Fest
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, be sure to check out our friends over at the Markham Jazz Festival. Kicking off this weekend, August 19 - 21, it's one of our favourites and the line-up showcases some of the greatest homegrown talent. 

This year they are featuring Bill Charlap, Gretchen Parlato, Tara Davisdon, Laila Biali, Ernesto Cervini Quartet, Chris Tarry, Kellylee Evans, John Nugent and many more. 

For more info click here

Prince Edward County Jazz Fest

If you're looking to get out of town this weekend (and hey, why not it's still summer) then head east and check out the Prince Edward County Jazz Fest. And with a slogan like theirs, come for the jazz and leave relaxed, we might just take our own advice and head over.

Their line-up features Peter Appleyard, Ranee Lee, Robi Botos, Mike Murley Septet, Heather Bambrick, Brian Barlow Big Band, Mike Downes and many more. 

For more information click here.  

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