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Toronto Jazz Fest Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Toronto Jazz Fest 2016Hear Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Rock and More as the City’s Largest Music Festival Takes Over This Summer!

TORONTO – Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival runs from June 24 – July 3, 2016 featuring a diverse range of musicians including heavyweights, rising stars and established artists such as:

Gregory Porter * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings * Oliver Jones Trio * Joe Jackson * Robert Glasper Experiment * Avishai Cohen Trio * Grace Potter * Allen Stone * Michael Franti * Lee Fields * Eagle Rock Gospel Singers * Bill Charlap Trio * Fanfare Ciocarlia * The Hot Sardines * Robi Botos * David Braid * Broadsway * Heather Bambrick * Laila Biali * Hilario Durán * Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana * Lemon Bucket Orkestra * Alex Pangman * Phil Dwyer * Melissa Stylianou * John Alcorn and many more!

Tickets are on sale, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Ticketpro or by calling 1.888.655.9090.

* They join previously announced artists, Sarah McLachlan, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Joey Alexander Trio, Ramsey Lewis Quartet and Meow Meow.

** For tickets to Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Meow Meow and Ramsey Lewis with Joey Alexander, visit Koerner Hall or call 416.408.0208.

*** For tickets to Sarah McLachlan visit the Sony Centre or call 1.855.872.7669.

We’re excited every year for the Festival, but this year feels extra special – our 30th anniversary is a great time to pause and reflect on 30 years of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival,” states Artistic Director, Josh Grossman. “I feel so fortunate to help bring to our stages each year the most exciting musicians, playing the most exciting music. In 2016, we are truly featuring some of the most important artists in the development of jazz over the past 30 years, and some of the artists who are set to take jazz – and the Festival – into the future.”

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2016
The Festival is pleased to expand its footprint and partner, for the first time, with Second Cup Co. at the new concept cafe at King Street and John Street. Programming will be chosen to reflect the contemporary and laid-back environment, showcasing the wide variety of jazz being performed in Toronto year-round.

The Mainstage tent at Nathan Phillips Square will now feature new seating options, allowing patrons to choose their seats for every ticketed performance on the Toronto Star Stage. There will be three seating options to choose from – Reserved Seating with an assigned row and seat number amongst the best seats in the house; Lounge Premium Seating with guaranteed access to the elevated lounge, however seating is first come, first served; and General Admission to the main floor seating where seating is also first come, first served.

Toronto’s current longest standing jazz club, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, will play host to nightly, late-night jam sessions. Led by Chris Gale, it is the place to be this summer for a good hang. And you just never know which musicians will drop in, ready to jam.

FESTIVAL LINEUP AT A GLANCE:
For the past 29 years, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival has presented some of the biggest names in jazz. As we approach our 30th edition, the Festival honours the legendary names with artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea; pays respects to the established veterans including Avishai Cohen, Sharon Jones, Bill Charlap and David Braid; and looks forward to the rising stars who are pushing the boundaries of jazz – Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander and The Hot Sardines.

Friday, June 24
TBA: A free opening night performance TBA at a later date – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Bill Charlap Trio – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Alex Pangman – Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill – 7:30 p.m.
*An Evening with Sarah McLachlan – Sony Centre at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Bill Charlap Trio – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Broadsway – Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 26
Lee Fields & The Expressions / Allen Stone – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Laila Biali Trio with special guest Phil Dwyer – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.

Monday, June 27
Grace Potter – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28
Gregory Porter – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Oliver Jones Trio: The Farewell Tour – Jane Mallett Theatre at 8 p.m.
Robi Botos / Paul Novotny Duo – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29
Robert Glasper Experiment – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers – Horseshoe Tavern at 10 p.m.
Fanfare Ciocarlia (with Lemon Bucket Orkestra) – Opera House at 9 p.m.
Robi Botos & Hilario Duran Duo – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade – Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 30
T.B.A. – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Avishai Cohen Trio – Jane Mallett Theatre at 8 p.m.
Robi Botos Quartet featuring Seamus Blake – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Joey Alexander Trio / Ramsey Lewis Quartet – Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 1
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Music From Born To Be Blue with Braid, Turcotte, Wallace & Clarke – Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Melissa Stylianou – Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2
Joe Jackson – Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 a.m.
The Hot Sardines – Horseshoe Tavern at 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring John Alcorn – Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.

Whatever flavour of jazz you enjoy, find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer, running from June 24 – July 3, 2016, as more than 1,500 musicians perform in over 350 concerts. Discover a new artist, explore different genres and attend a live concert surrounded by thousands as the city’s largest music festival takes over for 10 incredible days of non-stop activity. Experience music the way you want it!

For more information: free concerts series, including the lunchtime concerts and outdoor stage at Nathan Phillips Square, Distillery District and more, visit www.torontojazz.com

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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