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Jaron Freeman-Fox CD Release Concert
Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) would like to congratulate violinist and composer Jaron Freeman-Fox on being one of three winners selected for the third annual TDJ Special Projects Initiative.
Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything will perform a special CD release concert on Sunday, February 10, at Lula Lounge. The Toronto-based instrumental group will premiere material from their new CD, which has been three years in the making. The band’s sound, which combines fiddle and klezmer with Indian classical music and jazz, has been described as “Tom Waits playing the fiddle, backed up by the Mahavishnu Orchestra” and brings out the very best of Freeman-Fox’s compositions. Jaron Freeman Fox & The Opposite of Everything’s new CD features guest appearances by banjoist Frank Evans, guitarist Kevin Breit, trumpeter David Travers-Smith, and vocalist Christine Duncan, many of whom will be joining the band for this concert.
Having embarked on world tours both as a solo artist and with such bands as The David Woodhead Confabulation, Ben Caplan, and Delhi 2 Dublin, Freeman-Fox is a well-established performer. Always ready to surprise his audience, he fuses the beautiful and the ridiculous, giving traditional violin a new twist. His unique sound can be heard on the more than 30 albums on which he has collaborated.
Designed to encourage the creation, development, and presentation of special projects by Toronto jazz musicians, the TDJ Special Projects Initiative provides successful applicants with a bursary, as well as with marketing and public relations support from TDJ and JAZZ.FM91. The panel of judges evaluating submissions included Assistant Program Director and host of Sunday Afternoon Jazz on JAZZ.FM91, Dani Elwell; pianist and composer Bill King; Christopher Loudon, a regular contributor to JazzTimes Magazine; and pianist and composer Nancy Walker.
Other featured projects for the TDJ Special Projects Initiative are Sarah Jerrom on “The Yeats Project” and Shannon Graham for “Shannon Graham and The Storytellers.” The Yeats Project consists of 10 compositions set to 10 poems by William Butler Yeats and will premiere in March. Shannon Graham and The Storytellers is a 10-piece band that will perform in April.