The TD Niagara Jazz Festival are celebrating their third edition July 29-31 and Toronto Jazz fans who have not yet had their fill by the time they're done with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Beaches Jazz Festival, can take a ride down the QEW and hear more great jazz in a positively idyllic setting.
TDJ News Corps member David Cruz is embarking on a two-part series of interviews with some the outstanding jazz musicians who perform and teach in Toronto year-round. For the first part, he chatted with local saxophonist and educator Mike Murley. Read the interview here.
Michael Franti & Spearhead released its ninth studio project Soulrocker on June 1, 2016. Known for harmonious peace messages, Franti returns and delivers with his positive musical collective.
Early reviews describe a seasoned San Francisco frontman holding onto his roots while incorporating EDM influences. Toronto’s Exclaim reviewer Ryan B. Patrick hears Diplo in the autobiographical track “My Lord”, spilling stories of finding Franti’s birth parents with percolating rhythms and catchy melodies.
Chet Baker lovers have yet another reason to come to this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Launched at TIFF last year, Robert Budreau’s film Born to be Blue examines the life of trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Actor Ethan Hawke plays the acclaimed musician with a lifelong struggle with addiction.