Past Editions

Festival

2023

Herbie Hancock

  • June 29, 2023
  • Meridian Hall

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music.

Ashanti

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

Ashanti was one of Billboard’s “Top Females of the Decade from 2000-2010”, and continues to break Billboard records having a Hot 100 entry every decade in the 2000’s, 2010’s and 2020’s.

BADBAD
NOTGOOD

  • June 24, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

BadBadNotGood make expansive music that straddles the line between '70s soul-jazz, alternative hip-hop, and experimental electronica

Melody Gardot

  • June 28, 2023
  • Elgin Theatre

Melody Gardot possesses a blue, jazz-oriented style and dusky persona that reflect not only her afflictions, but conversely the hope and joy of making personalized music that marks her as an original.

Snarky Puppy OKAN opening

  • June 28, 2023
  • History

Not exactly a jazz band, a fusion band or a jam band, Snarky Puppy represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world.

Brad Mehldau Trio / Avishai Cohen Trio

  • June 26, 2023
  • Koerner Hall

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is excited to present a double-bill featuring two of the most exciting and important trios in contemporary jazz: the Brad Mehldau Trio and the Avishai Cohen Trio.

Cimafunk DJ Nico opening

  • June 29, 2023
  • The Axis Club

Cimafunk is an Afro-Cuban Rockstar - He is redefining contemporary Cuban music as well as Afro-Latin identity and the fusion of black cultures.

Colin Stetson SlowPitchSound opening

  • June 27, 2023
  • TD Music Hall

Colin Stetson has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist - his intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

Haviah Mighty

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

Mighty pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hiphop. Unyielding and irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard.

Jully Black

  • June 23, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Jully Black is 'Canada's Queen of R&B/Soul' and a true Canadian icon.

The Bad Plus

  • July 2, 2023
  • The Horseshoe Tavern

For the past two decades The Bad Plus have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent.

Braxton Cook

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

Braxton Cook is an Emmy Award winning artist and one of this generation’s most exciting emerging voices in the jazz world.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio specializes in the lost art of “feel-good music" - 1960s organ jazz, a tweak of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, with Motown, Stax Records, blues, and more.

LOONY

  • June 24, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

LOONY melds neo-soul, jazz, gospel, hip hop and R&B to create a melodious alchemy that feels as organic as it is luscious.

Mark Guiliana

  • June 27, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound.

Pedrito Martinez Group

  • June 24, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Pedrito Martinez is a source of rhythmic delight and inspiration, an incomparable performer, he is as close as traditional Afro-Cuban music has to a superstar. - The New York Times

Anomalie Big Band

  • July 2, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

This new iteration of the Anomalie project is a dream come true - twelve exceptionally gifted musicians will join the four members of the core Anomalie band for an electrifying performance.

Begonia

  • July 1, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Pegged as Canada’s breakout alt-diva, Begonia has built a legion of fans online and at her legendary live shows. She was nominated for a JUNO Award and longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.

Blue Moon Marquee

  • June 28, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Carving a path through blues, jazz, jump jive, folk, Country, swing and Indigenous soul with an authentic spirit, the Blue Moon Marquee sound does not idle easily in one certain category.

Clerel

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

A natural-born vocalist, soul singer and songwriter, Clerel grew up listening to music from his parents’ record collection, which ranged from church hymns and afrobeat to French chanson.

George Benson

  • June 27, 2023
  • Elgin Theatre

An all-time icon and Grammy-winning giant of jazz, George Benson's six-decade career has been marked by awards, acclaim and Billboard-topping output, earning his place in the history books.

KOKOROKO

  • June 28, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

KOKOROKO are a young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that come out of West Africa.

Kollage featuring Alexis Baro

  • June 26, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Kollage is Canada’s premiere hard-bop band, having earned praise for preserving the jazz tradition and providing a platform for some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians.

Kuné

  • June 26, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

KUNÉ brings together eleven artists who exchange and merge their different cultures in their work, contributing to create a distinctive sound.

Lorraine Klaasen

  • June 29, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Singer Lorraine Klaasen is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of ‘Township Music'; she has electrified audiences worldwide.

Malika Tirolien

  • June 27, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Malika Tirolien is a Guadeloupean vocalist, producer and songwriter whose music showcases a new genre called HighSoul, mixing Jazz, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop.

Molly Johnson

  • June 30, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist.

re.verse with Phoenix Pagliacci

  • June 27, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

re.verse is a dynamic collective of multi-instrumentalists & producers based in Toronto. Phoenix Pagliacci is an artist and activist, who began her artistic journey at the age of 6.

Swingao: Portinho, Meurkens,
Luviano, Sheard & Burgé

  • July 1, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Swingao is a brand new, international Brazilian jazz project. With musicians born around the globe, we play music fostered by a mutual love of samba, chorro, and bossa nova.

Tanika Charles

  • June 29, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Toronto-based 2x Juno Award nominee and Soul music power house Tanika Charles has slowly but surely inserted herself as a staple of the genre both at home and abroad.

The Libation Street Band

  • July 2, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

This new Toronto-based ensemble plays a mashup of funk, jazz and globally-influenced music, with captivating melodies and infectious beats inspired by Ghanaian folk songs alongside original repertoire

The U.S.
Army Jazz Ambassadorswith Ingrid and
Christine Jensen

  • July 2, 2023
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.

Theon Cross

  • June 30, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Theon Cross has expanded the tuba's sonic possibilities in revolutionary fashion, restoring it to a long-forgotten prominence as a crucial part of the contemporary jazz ensemble.

Time Warp

  • June 24, 2023
  • TD Village Stage

Time Warp is an iconic quartet in Canadian jazz, having forged a unique style and original repertoire, drawing on musical and cultural influences from around the world.

Toronto Mass Choir

  • June 25, 2023
  • TD Avenue Stage

Toronto Mass Choir continues to be on the cutting edge of Canadian gospel music, bringing its distinctive sound to the world stage.