The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series featuring Sammy Jackson

Date: 
Friday, July 9, 2021 - 5:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.

The Festival has always been an important platform for emerging artists, connecting them with new fans and new venues – artists like Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy and even Diana Krall started as club acts and quickly grew into major draws; Medeski Martin & Wood started as relative unknowns at the 100-capacity Rivoli and built a loyal Festival audience which would later help them sell out our 1400-capacity tent. Sammy Jackson may be headed on that same trajectory – her debut album just won the 2021 JUNO Award in the Best Vocal Jazz category – while at the same time representing a line of outstanding vocalists presented by the Festival including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves and more.

Listen live here, or livestream the concert on Facebook.

JUNO Award-winning artist Sammy Jackson is an emerging Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter recognized for her distinct sound, fusing elements of Jazz, R&B and Pop. Growing up, she regularly found opportunities to perform and develop as a musician, which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance specializing in Jazz Voice from the University of Toronto. During her education, she studied with accomplished vocalists including Alex Samaras, Christine Duncan and Sienna Dahlen.

As a rising presence in Toronto and Niagara, Sammy has performed at notable venues and events such as Jazz.FM91’s One-Stop Jazz Safari, The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Luminato, and TIFF Bell Lightbox. In addition to performing and leading her own band, Sammy has shared the stage with renowned musicians such as Barbra Lica, Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Larnell Lewis.

Sammy's release With You won a 2021 Juno Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”. This project is a 5-track EP featuring original compositions in collaboration with vocalist and songwriter Jacqueline Teh. It showcases music that is honest and relatable while exploring themes of vulnerability, broken relationships, and love. Sammy’s distinct approach to songwriting captivates a diverse audience through her blend of Jazz, R&B, and Pop. Additionally, With You features some of Canada’s most outstanding musicians, including Tom Fleming, Chris Pruden, Mark Godfrey and Ian Wright.

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