On its 26th edition, one of the most important jazz festivals in Canada and North America took place between June 22nd and July 1st, 2012. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has always presented some of the biggest names in jazz, and this year was no exception. 1500 musicians took over the city performing more than 350 concerts to an estimated audience of half-a-million music lovers. During 10 days jazz made its presence in over 60 stages scattered throughout the city. This year the organizers expanded the boundaries of the festival. Besides the usual main stages, concert halls, theatres and clubs, it also included 5 churches, 1 fast food chain, 4 stages dedicated strictly to presenting free concerts for the duration of the festival, and 1 movie theatre.
The Festival paid homage to the big screen with its presentation of Bruno’s Blues, an independent Canadian feature film, running June 23 – June 30, 11pm nightly at Carlton Cinema. A mockumentary based on the life of jazz pianist Bruno Hubert, the film features more than 20 Canadian jazz musicians including trumpeter Brad Turner and vocalist Denzel Sinclaire.
Our contributing photographer, Atael Weissman captured through his camera’s lens the atmosphere and the excitement that only live music can provide. Check out the performances of the following artists: Bettye Lavette, Esperanza Spalding, George Benson and Karrin Allyson.
Photos by Atael Weissman
Stefano Bollani Trio At Koerner Hall
TD Jazz · The Art of the Trio Concert Series
The Royal Conservatory of Music featured the Stefano Bollani Trio & the Roberto Occhipinti Trio on the evening of November 18, 2016, at the magnificent Koerner Hall in Toronto. This was the second concert in the series celebrating the trio, which is one of the most enduring formats in jazz. As every concert on this series, one international artist (Bollani) and one Canadian trio (Occhipinti) were presented on the same evening.
Roberto Occhipinti, one of Canada’s premier bassists, a five-time Juno Award nominated musician who is equally at home playing classical music as well as jazz and world music, opened the concert, joined by a powerful duo of Cuban-American artists, pianist Manuel Valera and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. They opened their set with a fitting tribute to pianist Keith Jarrett entitled ‘Umbria’, and continued with several songs (‘Dom de Iludir’, ‘Que Bolá’) from Roberto’s new album Stabilimento.
Stefano Bollani was joined by Jesper Bodilsen on bass and Morten Lund on drums. A great entertainer with a contagious sense of humour, Bollani is the embodiment of artistic elegance and true showmanship. A charismatic leader who conducts his musicians (in this case a trio) with flair and exuding energy, Bollani plays the piano as a river flows on a quiet valley. His musical ideas are like a continuous lyrical flow that touches the audiences with a full range of emotions.
Photos of Stefano Bollani Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
Photos of Roberto Occhipinti Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
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