Jazzing it up with Measha

The transition from classical to jazz is no easy feat, but Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman makes it look effortless. Her latest album, I've Got a Crush on You, released in 2012, features a collection of contemporary songs including covers from Ron Sexsmith, Cole Porter, Gershwin and Joni Mitchell.

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Soul Sisters

The legendary Chaka Khan kicks off the Festival this summer when she returns for a special night of music at the Kool Haus on Thursday, June 19 - 8pm.

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Trombone Shorty Discusses New Album and Hip-Hop Influences

Life+Times caught up with Trombone Shorty to talk about his new album, Say That To Say This,and the influence of hip-hop on his music.

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One person's trash is another's violin

A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.

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Jesse Cole's review of Gregory Porter

The scene inside the Enwave Theatre Thursday night was less reminiscent of a jazz performance than it was of a Justin Bieber concert. The crowd was filled with girlish screams and whistles and an air of swooning excitement as the acclaimed Gregory Porter was set to take the stage.

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Chaka V.'s review of Jason Moran

Pianist Jason Moran knows how to set the scene. His June 26th show at the Horseshoe Tavern, featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, was a vibrant night dedicated to the music of Fats Waller.

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Chaka V.'s review of Robert Glasper

The crowd was passionate about Glasper - fans who had attended that notorious show shouted “Welcome back! Welcome back!” as soon as the band stepped on stage at the Horseshoe Tavern. Some arrived early to stake out territory right up front. Three young women dressed in American Apparel gear sat on stools at the edge of the stage with a bouquet of flowers resting where Glasper would later play, and they light-heartedly joked with me that they realized they looked like “fan girls.”

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Jesse Cole reviews and interviews Ted Quinlan

Guitar virtuoso, Humber College professor, and acclaimed professional sideman Ted Quinlan headlined an intimate performance at Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar on June 25 along with fellow Humber professor, bassist Mike Downes. Both Quinlan and Downes have storied careers in jazz, performing the world over and playing with top names such as Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, Chet Baker, Moe Koffman, Guido Basso and Doug Riley.

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Jesse Cole's interview with Ranee Lee

Last Sunday the Jazz Bistro, situated at 251 Victoria Street in Toronto, was the scene of much excitement as one of Canada’s great jazz vocalists, Ranee Lee, took the stage along with her husband and accompanying guitarist Richard Ring...Lee spoke to the TD Jazz News Corps in between her sets at the Jazz Bistro about her rise to fame, her introduction to jazz, and her thoughts on contemporary jazz in Canada and Toronto.

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Chaka V.'s review of Dr. John

A cluster of Dr. John fans - adorned in Mardi Gras beads and replicas of the colorful feathered headdress worn on his Locked Down album cover - waited impatiently, even howling at one point, for the second part of the Mavis Staples/Dr. John double bill. While they howled other fans snapped photos of the two skulls staring at the audience from the top of a black piano that silently announced that the "Night Tripper" would soon be in the building.

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