Singer-songwriter, classical guitarist, and Julian Lennon’s stepsister Chloe Charles, released her debut EP, Little Green Bud to rave reviews. Her first full-length CD, Break The Balance, is equally impressive. Chloe’s performances are spell-bindingly different and she has been likened to artists such as Adele and Alicia Keys. The National Post describes this recipient of Harbourfront’s Soundclash Award as, “poised, charismatic and quirky. Chloe breaks black female vocalist stereotypes as she arrives on stage with her classical guitar, accompanied by viola, double bass, or other unexpected twists and turns of her musical imagination.”
For more information visit http://www.chloecharles.com
Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. "Everything's coming up Maceo," concluded DownBeat Magazine at the beginning of Maceo Parker's solo career.
Parker has played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as, "like being at University"; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy's Rubber Band.
His collaborations over the years have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base.
For more information visit http://windishagency.com/artists/maceo_parker
The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is for middle and secondary school students, providing an opportunity for young, talented musicians to participate in a formal audition process, and to potentially join a city-wide band. The programme helps exceptional student musicians to hone their skills while interacting with a new and diverse group in a professional setting. Led by Musical Director Jules Estrin, an educator and professional musician, they perform several times throughout the year.
Composer and guitarist Roberto López and his virtuoso friends, lead us to a unique encounter between the wind ensembles of Colombia and North-American Jazz bands. They make us groove to the beats of porro, cumbia, paseo, champeta, mapalé and chandé. Roberto puts his twist of funk and jazz on his recent compositions, and on pieces by Colombian composers (Bermúdez, Barros, and Florez). Azul is the third album released by López (Artiste Révélation Radio-Canada, JUNO award and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee). He has previously released two albums: Soy Panamericano and Qué Pasa?
For more information visit http://www.robertolopez.ca
Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. Loueke follows up his acclaimed Blue Note releases Karibu and Mwaliko with the extraordinary Heritage. You’ll find music full of churning groove, high-intensity improvisation, gentleness, and Loueke’s gift for poetic melody on Heritage.
For more information visit http://www.lionelloueke.com
Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity; a hybrid of instrumentals and songs written in French and English all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. This wild multiethnic quintet is a must see on stage. Based in Balkan music/repertoire, Briga tells us about her encounter with Georgi Yanev on her new album, Turbo Folk Stories, and her adventures in eastern Europe and the Balkans.
For more information visit http://brigamusic.wordpress.com
Grammy nominee, Dave Douglas, is a prolific trumpeter, composer, and educator from New York whose contributions to improvised music have been widely recognized. Douglas is active with several unique ensembles, including his new quintet, an electric sextet (Keystone), and Sound Prints, co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Since 2005, Douglas has operated Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other jazz artists. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer among artist-run labels.
Ruth Moody is the founding member of the critically acclaimed and Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys. She is also an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her talent as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and carefully crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own.
For more information visit http://www.ruthmoody.com
The Oolong 7 is an exciting new instrumental world music ensemble. Violin (Jaimie McClyment), banjo (Tim Posgate), tabla (Ravi Naimpally) and guitar (Neil Hendry) are an unusual combination of instruments but these four musicians have created an original repertoire that is exciting, unique, and showcases all of them.
The band has been together for a year and is working on their first full length recording. This process has included rehearsals, arranging compositions, and a somewhat regular gig at an Ethiopian restaurant on Toronto's Queen West strip.
For more information visit http://www.reverbnation.com/theoolong7
Waleed Abdulhamid is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer, and film maker. He has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since his arrival from Sudan in 1992. He is a versatile guitar, bass, drums, flute, harmonica, kirin, bass kirin, darabhuka, marimba, balimbo, congas, bongos, djembe, dumbek and tama player. He is known for his striking vocals, his innovative bass technique and his speed and precision on percussion. Abudulhamid has played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas from Blood, Sweat & Tears and with The Drifters.
For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/waleedabdulhamid
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Tio Chorinho is a new Toronto ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) music in the tradition of the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. Choro is best described as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil". Stein (Mandolin), Costa (Pandeiro), Schwartz (Mandolin) and Zemer (7-String Guitar) formed this band in 2009. They have thus far developed an impressive repertoire of familiar choro classics by such composers as Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Waldyr Azavedo, and of course Jacob do Bandolim.
For more information visit http://www.tiochorinho.com
Considered among the top harp players in the country, singer/songwriter Al Lerman is a journeyman musician who plays with sizzle and a whole lot of soul. He is the founder and leader of the two-time Juno Award winning blues outfit FATHEAD. He also performs regularly as a solo artist while accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. He has released two critically-acclaimed CDs to date.
For more information visit http://www.allermanmusic.com
Broadview is a project that is less than four years old yet Mike Murley, Rich Brown, and Ted Warren bring over sixty years experience to the table. The members of this band are highly regarded in the Canadian, Jazz, Funk, and Big band scenes. Broadview plays original music and recorded their first live CD from Chalkers and the Rex in Toronto. The recording, Two of Clubs, was released in spring 2011. The band has also embarked on a cross Canada tour to support this recording.
For more information visit http://thejazzbox.ca/ted-warren-broadview-two-of-clubs/
Sean Bray's Peach Trio can be described as, “A real honest hybrid of instrumental Americana roots with a jazz improv sensibility. Memorable, accessible melodies with beautiful harmony complete with twist and turns in the road." Sean Bray is a well-respected guitarist, composer, and educator. According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, "Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to". CBC Radio named Bray as one of Canada's top 50 guitarists of all time. The Peach Trio features Bray (guitar), Mark Dunn (bass) and David MacDougall (drums).
For more information visit http://www.guitaristseanbray.com/peach-trio/
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Random Access is a Juno nominated group that began as a studio experiment and over time has morphed into a cutting edge working group. Random Access won best electric group at the National Jazz Awards in 2008 and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2009 for best contemporary jazz recording. The band is currently working on their 12th CD.
This will be a reunion of sorts; Barry Romberg (drums), Rich Brown (bass), Geoff Young (guitar), Donny Mccaslin (sax) recorded an exciting live CD in 2011 entitled, Unplugged Live.
For more information visit http://www.barryromberg.com
Lorraine Klaasen is the 2013 Juno Winner for World Music Album of the Year!
Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. Of her latest CD, A Tribute to Miriam Makeba, T'Cha Dunlevy of the Montreal Gazette writes, "Lorraine Klaasen makes the music all her own ... Klaasen’s voice is as strong as it is nimble. Her energy is infectious, and it comes through in everything she touches."
For more information visit http://www.lorraineklaasen.com
Canadian-born Hannah Burgé is a musician and educator who blends elements of jazz, pop, and Latin American-based music into a sound that is uniquely her own. Her debut album, Green River Sessions, expected late 2013, features the recently released singles "Black Velvet" and "Sunshine Samba", with acclaimed NYC harmonica player, Hendrik Meurkens. The singles have received attention via online mediums and radio. Hannah's single “Black Velvet” has garnered praise for her unique approach. Her arrangements and compositions have been featured in theatre shows, live productions, and on film.
For more information visit http://www.hannahburge.com
DRUMHAND combines the circuitous rhythms of Africa, India, and South America with the uplifting spirit of American roots music and jazz. Propelled by an array of drums and horns, Cheer on the Sun, the group’s third release, features a myriad of original catchy vocal melodies and lyric themes.
The group is becoming increasingly known for their energetic performances on festivals stages and street parades, filling dance floors and engaging school children with their interactive educational shows. DRUMHAND’s music embodies an accessibility for audiences of all ages.
For more information visit http://tenfourpublicity.com/DRUMHAND/
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Félix Award winner, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, is a Canadian jazz legend. With a career of over sixty years, he is a 'father figure' to generations of musicians. Born in Montreal in 1938, Norm lived in Saint Henri, home to Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Guy Nadon, Charlie Biddle and Nelson Symons. He has performed with jazz greats Duke Ellington, Oliver Jones, Junior Mance, Cootie Williams, Curtis Fuller, Julius Watkins, Frank Motley and Jackie McLean. Norm is a beloved leader on the Canadian jazz scene.
Richard Whiteman is a very versatile musician, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock.
He has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time. Over the years, Whiteman has enjoyed playing with orchestras, big bands, and participating in musical theatre. His latest CD, On Course, is on sale now.
For more information visit http://www.richardwhiteman.com
The Heillig Manoeuvre is a quartet designed to turn catchy tunes into jazz. Bassist/composer Henry Heillig describes his music as, “more songbook than doctoral thesis”. The fun begins when he puts these songs in the hands of band mates Alison Young (sax), Stacie McGregor (piano) and long-time Manteca mate Charlie Cooley (drums). “I feel like Snoopy playing the upright with these friends, smiling and dancing, ears open, ready for anything.” The Heillig Manoeuvre recently released a third CD, “Toons”, available at the festival.
For more information visit http://www.heilligman.com