Chaka V.'s review of Mavis Staples

The double bill of Mavis Staples and Dr. John was one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival. It was a rare opportunity to see two venerable legends perform in one night. And it turned out to be a spectacular evening.

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Chaka V.'s review of Byron/Occhipinti and Ryan Oliver

I had never questioned my love of jazz. I never questioned my jazz preferences. I listened to it every day, and I simply enjoyed it, clumping it all together under the nonspecific label of jazz. But this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival has got me questioning what jazz is to me – and it is a thrilling experience.

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Jesse Cole's review of Mary Margaret O'Hara

Last night, while most of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival’s audience was awaiting the arrival of either Smokey Robinson or Molly Johnson, a small crowd gathered inside a tiny venue at the corner of Richmond and Spadina. The audience emanated a palpable sense of anticipation that belied the number of attendees. This was a rare opportunity to see the ever reclusive Mary Margaret O’Hara, of Miss America fame (the album, not the pageant).

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Chaka V.'s interview with Maylee Todd

A multi-faceted artist - song writing, design, performance art, to name a few - Maylee Todd stands out among singers whose careers are now built on ever morphing images and outrageous dress. Sly humour bubbling beneath the beauty and the style further distinguishes Todd from pop contemporaries.

Currently on tour — and prepping for her June 26th TD Toronto Jazz Festival performance — Todd took some time out to talk going solo, vagina costumes and the iconic Betty Davis.

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JUNO Jazz Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners of Jazz JUNOs - Test of Time by Murley, Bickcert & Wallace for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, Emilie-Claire Barlow for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her all-french Seule ce Soir and Joel Miller for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year (Swim!) Hamilton's Steve Strongman won Blues Album of the Year and Lorraine Klassen won the World Music category.

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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.

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Buddy Guy & Jose James on the Letterman Show

Earlier this week late night talk show host, David Letterman had Buddy Guy and Jose James on the show.

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Bela Fleck in Talking Your Tech

Grammy-winning banjo legend Bela Fleck tours the country playing acoustic banjo. But he uses technology to write music and edit recordings, as we discovered when we met him recently on a tour stop.

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And the Winners Are...

After much deliberation, our panel of judges have selected three projects to be part of the TDJ Special Projects Initiative.

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Hargrove Talks Music, Twitter and the Year Ahead

From Life+Times:

Strictly using the Internet to keep up with Roy Hargrove is a difficult task. He’s not on Twitter, not very active on Facebook and no longer has his own website. He also hasn’t put out any studio albums since 2009. He’s a bit of an enigma online. Don’t be fooled however, Hargrove is still going quite strong, especially considering the struggle that exists for many.

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