Jazz festival announces monthly series

While the local jazz festival may look a little different this year, its mission remains the same.

First launched in 1998 thanks to a team of volunteers acting under the leadership and invention of local residents, Hal Hill— a well-known broadcaster, concert producer, author (Jazz Canadiana), and all-around jazz genre authority — and his wife Chris, the TD Markham Jazz Festival prides itself on presenting a diverse and eclectic selection of jazz performers from Canada and around the world within a range of sub-styles, including blues, soul, Latin, fusion, world and contemporary.

Previous years have featured Internationally renowned and award-winning artists such as Michael Kaeshammer, Brandi Disterheft, Alison Young, David Clayton-Thomas, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bruce Cockburn, Jack De Keyzer, John Pizzarelli, Marc Jordan, Dr Lonnie Smith, Molly Johnson, Barbra Lica, Carol Welsman, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, and Jeff Healey.

The festival will showcase a monthly series featuring talented musicians including Alexis Baro, June Garber, Irene Torres, Donovan Locke and others.

While its two-decade-plus tradition of seeing music lovers fill the streets of historic Unionville this summer was dearly missed, the TD Markham Jazz Festival plans to keep jazz fans connected through this fall and winter. The legendary Canadian event will celebrate its 23rd annual season with a special series of live-streamed concerts until March 2021.

Some of Canada’s best known and loved jazz stars will perform in select venues around Markham on the last Sunday of the month; the shows will then be broadcast in real-time to MarkhamJazzFestival.com and uploaded for future viewing to TD Markham Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel.

Juno Award-nominated trumpet phenom Alexis Baro kicked off the series with a quintet of award-winning talent on September 27.

First taking to the instrument at age eight, the Havana, Cuba-born artist was playing lead trumpet for Cuba’s National Radio and Television Orchestra by 19, and has taken the stage with or to open for the likes of Nikky Yanofsky, David Foster, Michael Bublé, Robi Botos, Andrea Boccelli, and Herbie Hancock.

As the colder weather approaches, the festival will heat things up with two great shows. Spy Jazz with June Garber and Irene Torres featuring Eric St. Laurent, George Koller, Great Bob Scott, Attila Fias, and Alison Young play October 25 at 2 p.m. and Donovan Locke performs November 29 at 2 p.m.

For TD Markham Jazz Festival updates and the remaining lineup which will be announced soon, visit  www.markhamjazzfestival.com


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