June 2012 e-news

Roy Hargrove's RH Factor and the Roberta Gambarini Quartet
One of America's premier trumpeters, the "Young Lion" Roy Hargrove is coming to this year's Festival with his acclaimed RH Factor. Together, they promise to thrill fans with a unique blend of straight-ahead and hard bop/hip-hop jazz.

With Roberta Gambarini's pure jazz voice, of the opening Roberta Gambarini Quartet, the evening is sure to be a pleasure to jazz lovers and music fans alike.

Monday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Mainstage at Nathan Phillips Square
Click here for tickets.

Jazz at Quotes
Settle in for an early evening of cocktails and jazz at Quotes Bar & Grill (220 King Street West), where some of the greatest names in jazz come together in an intimate club setting.

The all-star Canadian Jazz Quartet – Gary Benson (guitar), Frank Wright (vibes), Duncan Hopkins (bass), Don Vickery (drums) – host spectacular trumpeter Byron Stripling, big-tones tenor saxophonist Houston Person, internationally renowned trombonist Ian McDougall, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski for four nights of jazz during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Friday, June 22 / 5pm / $30
Tuesday, June 26 / 5pm / $30
Wednesday, June 27 / 5pm / $30 

Spectrum Road contest
"Egos? None. Talent? Oh, man...this was meant to be." - Jambands.com

"With Bruce adding vocals when called for, and each of the players free to indulge epically, Spectrum Road is as pure a fusion record as has been heard in years." - Music & Musicians

The reviews are in and everyone is raving about the debut release from Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana, otherwise known as jazz-fusion supergroup, Spectrum Road! They play the Festival, Wednesday, June 27 at Sound Academy. Click here for tickets. 

Win a copy of this week's new release simply by sending an email saying who your favourite member is and why. Contest closes Thursday, June 7th at 5 p.m. 

Jazz 101
Ever wondered how we pick the artists we do? Or why tickets cost so much? And just what exactly is involved in putting a festival together? Find out on Wednesday, June 6, as our Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, answers these questions and more! 

Join Josh from 7-8 p.m. for a live Q&A on Twitter and ask him anything you've ever wanted to know about the Festival and music. 

If you can't make the live chat, submit your questions on Facebook, Twitter or email and we'll make sure Josh answers them!

Festival on a Budget
Love jazz? Or just music in general? Having trouble fitting all of the shows you want to see into a student budget? Or senior's budget? Or young-family-raising-kids budget?

Fret not! Whoever you are and whatever your budget, we've got a few shows this year that will make you feel like a criminal - because they're so gosh-darn affordable! Every week leading up to the Festival, read up on shows to suit a pocket on a budget!

Get The Blessing - Saturday, June 23, 5 p.m.
Outdoor Stage at Nathan Phillips Square - Free!

Progressive jazz horns layered with rock-bass grooves make for one funky dance party. Come on out and shake a hip at this free concert!

Bettye LaVette (w/ The Big Sound) -
Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.
Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square - $25

With a voice as rich as velvet, and a history that could fill the books, Bettye is a star not to be missed! Joined by The Big Sound opening, this promises to be a night of Motown soul and R&B hits that will have the whole family singing along with classic golden tunes.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra - Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m.
Shops at Don Mills - Free!

This group of 11 musicians promise a fun-filled afternoon of addictive dance music that everyone can hop along to. Klezmer/Gypsy/Balkan inspired jigs will fill the air as the Lemon Bucket Orkestra plays to the content of the crowd!

JAZZ.FM91 Broadcast Centre
More than just a radio station, JAZZ.FM91 is Canada's only broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience. They will be live and on site at Nathan Phillips Square, daily from 4-8 p.m., during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Be sure to stop  by the Broadcast Centre and say hi to your favourite radio personalities as they bring you the latest Festival news and interviews with some of this year's featured artists. For more information visit www.jazz.fm.

Take part in the 2012 Jazzolympics!
Think you've got the musical know-how to win a gruelling 10-day competition of might and endurance? Want to win a slew of great Festival prizes including CDs, ticket giveaways, hmv gift cards and maybe a free dinner? And that's just a few of them!

Flex your musical brain muscles with our 10-day Jazzolympics of jazz-influenced trivia and games leading up to this year's Festival kick-off on June 22! Questions will focus on Festival artists, testing your knowledge and giving you a chance to learn more about them.

Prizes will be awarded daily - so don't delay! There are 10 days to win as you play our 2012 Jazzolympics, starting this Wednesday, June 6, via Facebook and Twitter. Reveal the Jazzolympian in you!

Take the Mill Street Video Challenge!

Win a party for you and 10 friends at the Toronto Brew Pub!

On opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, be sure to stop by the Mill Street tent at Nathan Phillips Square and record a rant. The more creative and unique the rant, the more likes the video will receive. It's that simple!

Once your video is uploaded, share it with your friends on Facebook. At the end of the summer, the top 10 videos liked win a free dinner party!

There are 10 grand prizes, so be sure to tell 'em what makes you mad to get your hands on one!

For more details, click here.

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