The TDJ News Corps

The annual TDJ News Corps is an initiative geared towards post-secondary students who are interested in writing about jazz. Successful applicants to the TDJ News Corps program are given full media accreditation for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, granting them unprecedented access to the festival – attending and reviewing concerts for free, interviewing artists and experiencing the festival from behind the scenes. In addition, TDJ News Corps members are assigned a mentor – an experienced music journalist. This year’s mentors are John Terauds, founder of and former Toronto Star writer; and Mark Wigmore, Senior Arts Editor at JAZZ.FM91.

Check this page throughout the festival for TDJ News Corps articles – concert reviews, artist interviews and other editorial content.

The 2016 TDJ News Corps is:

A Fond, Final Farewell

TDJ News Corps member Warren Schlote saw the Oliver Jones Trio on their farewell tour. It was an emotional evening, yet a fitting sendoff for one of Canada's most beloved jazz musicians.

Artist to Watch: Kandace Springs

It is certainly an unusual circumstance for a singer to be invited to perform with Prince based off of an online video. But even more unusual? Being put on a world tour with Gregory Porter prior to the release of a full length album. Despite her track record, Kandace was not an overnight sensation. Listening to her full length debut Soul Eyes you are hearing years of practice and experimentation.

Something Different at the Horseshoe Tavern

TDJ News Corps member Warren Schlote attended the Kiefer Sutherland Band's performance at the Horseshoe Tavern Monday night. While it may not have fit in the traditional realm of the Jazz Festival, it was a great performance.

Jazz - Past Present and Future: Anson Cai

In the third and final part of his Past, Present and Future series, TDJ News Corps member Warren Schlote spoke with Anson Cai.

Anson is a young saxophonist who is already playing with big names across the country. See him perform with the National Youth Jazz Combo at Nathan Phillips Square, July 2nd at 12:30 p.m.

Review: Brian Barlow Big Band

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has been noticeably hot this year, and it isn't just the weather. Much of the heat is coming from the Toronto Star Main Stage. The annual mecca of music features the familiar giant white tent, and on a sunny Monday afternoon it was almost full for a free lunchtime concert. Those who couldn't squeeze into the venue spilled into the open air.

Jazz - Past, Present and Future: Gregory Porter

Warren's original plan for this interview was to meet Gregory Porter in an alley, paying tribute to the title of his latest record Take Me to the Alley.

Upon the advice of his mentors and the Jazz Festival, a more traditional interview format was chosen. It was probably for the best.

Enjoy the perspective of jazz present as discussed with one of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, Gregory Porter.

Lorne Lofsky & Roddy Ellias at Mezzetta

​Watching Lorne Lofsky playing duo with Roddy Ellias is kind of like watching two master chess players going back and forth, equally matched in skill, completely different in style. The guitarists sat across from each other in a centre corner of Mezzetta, a cozy bar and tapas restaurant whose sangria and coffee come strongly recommend.

Fans were in abundance, and they reveled in one highlight after another. The guitarists were met with boisterous applause in between every number.

An Unforgettable Evening with the Bill Charlap Trio

TDJ News Corps member Warren Schlote attended the Bill Charlap Trio's performance at Jazz Bistro.

Jazz Educator Profile: Tara Davidson

Tara Davidson is a shining example of the best that music education has to offer. She first picked up the saxophone in her seventh grade music class; in high school she studied with Mike Murley and played in what is now known as The Toronto All Star Big Band. She went to the University of Toronto where she continued to learn from Murley and a roster of skilled musicians and teachers. Today Tara is a multi-Juno nominated saxophonist who teaches at York University and The Humber College Community Music Program.

Lorne Lofsky: Profile of an Artist

Lorne Lofsky is an artist in the truest sense of the word: unconcerned with fame or fortune, his goal has always been simple: to play and advance jazz music. His dynamic and smooth guitar sound can be heard on numerous recordings with Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert and Kirk MacDonald among many others. You may also know him from his days backing the legendary Chet Baker on a recording titled Live At The Renaissance II. Lorne picked up the guitar as a teenager, starting out as a rock player, until he heard Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue.


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