Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo in Toronto

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JPEC presents Brazilian Duos
Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo
& Opener Amanda Tosoff’s Quartet
Saturday, April 21 @ Toronto Centre for the Arts

Toronto, ON – Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – On Saturday, April 21, JPEC will present its last concert of the 2011-2012 season with some of the top jazz artists on the scene today. The headliner, Brazilian Duos, features vocalist Luciana Souza and the critically acclaimed guitarist Romero Lubambo performing at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $35 for adults & $15 for students (proper student ID required).
Tickets @ www.ticketmaster.ca or 1.855.985.2787 or online www.jazzcentre.ca – click Concerts or visit the Toronto Centre for the Arts Box Office.

Souza, a Grammy award winner and four-time nominee, has performed and recorded with greats like Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, and Maria Schneider. Her longstanding duo work with Lubambo has earned accolades across the globe. Lubambo unites the styles and rhythms of Brazil with his fluency in the American jazz tradition. He has established himself as a “first call” guitarist in New York, performing and recording with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, and many others.

“…an evening of inspired excellence, utter musical involvement and constant willingness, even insistence, on creative chance-taking—all reason why the Souza/Lubambo performances represent a must-see and must-hear musical destination.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times.

In line with JPEC’s regular programming, one of Canada’s top contemporary groups will open the show. Amanda Tosoff leads her quartet with Chris Gale on saxophone, Sean Cronin on bass, and Morgan Childs on drums. The group has steadily gained critical recognition since their debut album Still Life from 2006, and have performed alongside jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Oliver Jones, Ingrid Jensen, and Phil Dwyer. They have received several awards, including the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival.

“Tosoff shows great promise: as a composer, leader, and performer… Her quartet swings with a genuine spirit, and she interprets clearly with a crisp motion. … she brings the piano into full view through her calm demeanor and complete confidence.” – Jim Santella, Cadence.

JPEC has a track record for season closers, staging some of the most talked about concerts in Toronto. This fusion of classical, world music and jazz is set to exceed our expectations and is not a concert to be missed.

The Jazz Performance and Education Centre is committed to supporting the development of the next generation of jazz musicians and audience members. Through programming for students and fans of all ages, JPEC is seeking to instil a love of jazz today in those that will create and support the music tomorrow.

JPEC – www.jazzcentre.ca – is the result of collaboration between business people, musicians and arts professionals who are passionate about jazz in Toronto. Officially incorporated in 2008, the concept for the Jazz Performance and Education Centre was born in 2007 when jazz aficionados Raymond and Rochelle Koskie assembled a committee of fellow enthusiasts to address the need for a full-time jazz venue in Toronto. This first-class, multi-purpose facility will feature performances by top local, national and international jazz talent, educational programming in which fans of all ages can learn about jazz, recording facilities, a Hall of Fame and Archives which will encompass and preserve Canada’s outstanding jazz heritage and tradition. The facility will enhance Toronto’s reputation as one of the best cities in North America in which to experience live jazz.

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416.923.6566 or d@thatPRthing.com

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