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From its modest beginnings with only three official venues, the Toronto Jazz Festival has grown in 26 years to become the city’s largest music festival attracting over 500,000 people annually to more than 40 venues, clubs and stages all across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

With a rich tradition of presenting the young lions, the jazz greats and tomorrow’s rising stars, the Festival has woven its way into the very fabric of Toronto and become the sound of the city. Since its inception, the Festival has hosted over 26,000 artists, contributed over $460 million to the GTA economy, welcomed over 9 million people, and presented over 2,000 free public concerts.

The Festival has drawn some of the biggest names in jazz over the years including internationally renowned artists such as Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Sonny Rollins, Ray Charles, Sun Ra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Etta James, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Jane Bunnett, Roy Hargrove, Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.

Responsible for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Patrick Taylor serves as Executive Producer and CEO of Toronto Downtown Jazz. Since co-founding the Festival in 1987, Taylor has been Toronto’s primary jazz impresario and has produced other notable events that include the Unique Lives and Experiences Lecture Series and Massey Hall’s 100th Anniversary. A tireless promoter of jazz, Taylor is also actively involved with Jazz Festivals Canada and is a board member of the Ken Page Memorial Trust. He was on the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada for the past eight years.

A graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz program, Josh Grossman brings invaluable experience to his role as Artistic Director at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. He has previously held the same position at the Markham Jazz Festival and Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the latter of which he also founded and continues to serve. Grossman was the Performance Manager at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School for four years and has been an administrator, conductor and performer with numerous ensembles in the city.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING FUNKY, SOMETHING BLUES

When the TD Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off this summer it will celebrate artists who have made their mark over the decades along with artists making their mark today. With more than 1,500 musicians playing in more than 350 concerts, this year’s Festival promises to bridge the old with the new and showcase the diversity of jazz. From soul and funk to bebop and blues, the breadth and depth of this outstanding music will be the highlight of the Festival this June.

New for this year’s Festival, Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed into a fully licensed 50,000-square-foot patio equipped with FREE Wi-Fi and comfortable seating areas for all. Daily at 3 p.m., the WIFI Patio will feature FREE acoustic roaming performances, making it the perfect place to relax and soak up the sunshine while enjoying live jazz and making Festival memories.

The Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre this summer with outstanding performances from two of jazz’s most formidable musicians – pianist Fred Hersch (Monday, June 24) and vocalist Gregory Porter (Thursday, June 27). Downbeat Magazine has called Hersch “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation,” solidifying his place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. A superior soloist, accompanist and interpreter of ballads, Hersch has appeared on more than 100 recordings. Porter, the newly crowned king of vocal jazz, has quickly risen to acclaim since his debut in 2010. With a righteous baritone and a voice that can embrace or exhort, caress or confront, Porter’s soulful scatting and warm musicality is reminiscent of Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway. With one foot in soul and the other firmly planted in jazz, Porter flows with a sense of timelessness that reflects the giants of blues, gospel and soul. Tickets are on sale now at the Harbourfront Box Office or by calling 416.973.4000.

Instrumental in defining the sound of hip indie record label Ninja Tune, The Herbaliser brings it diet of hip-hop, rare groove, funk and jazz to The Great Hall on Thursday, June 27. Led by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, The Herbaliser has evolved after 10 years from “trip-hop” to now forging a unique sound: a world of Bond films, fragmented samples, brass and dirty drum breaks. The original grand masters of sonic sound have never sounded better. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1.855.985.5000.

While the Festival officially caps off its festivities on Saturday, June 29, the music unofficially continues for a few days longer as it plays on at more than a dozen locations throughout the city. Shops at Don Mills and the Distillery Historic District will have free concerts Sunday, June 30, and Monday, July 1, respectively, while Jazz Bistro presents its Jazz Brunch on the 30th. To see complete details and schedule information, visit the Festival website.

Turn up the jazz and explore the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it plays nonstop for 10 days, from June 20 – June 29, 2013. Uniting half a million fans at more than 60 locations across the city, the Festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers. Make the Festival your meeting place this summer and take in a breath of fresh jazz.

For more information, visit www.torontojazz.com

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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