While its two-decade-plus tradition of seeing music lovers fill the streets of historic Unionville this summer was dearly missed, the TD Markham Jazz Festival is set to keep jazz fans connected through this Fall and Winter. The legendary Canadian event will celebrate its 23rd annual season with a special series of live-streamed concerts September 2020 through March 2021.
Some of Canada’s best known and loved jazz stars will perform in select venues around Markham on the last Sunday of the month; the shows will then be broadcast in real-time to MarkhamJazzFestival.com and uploaded for future viewing to TD Markham Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel.
JUNO Award-nominated trumpet phenom Alexis Baro will kick off the series with a quintet of award-winning talent this Sunday, September 27th.
First taking to the instrument at age eight, the Havana, Cuba-born artist was playing lead trumpet for Cuba’s National Radio and Television Orchestra by 19, and has taken the stage with or to open for the likes of Nikky Yanofsky, David Foster, Michael Bublé, Paquito d’Rivera, Hilario Duran, Robi Botos, Andrea Boccelli, Horacio ‘el negro’ Hernandez, Herbie Hancock, and more.
In Toronto as of 2001, Baro flourished as a writer and member of Kollage, earning not one, but three esteemed nominations for ‘Best Jazz Trumpeter’ from the Canadian National Jazz Awards in addition to his JUNO Award nomination for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo.
// TD Markham Jazz Fest Live-Stream Line-Up
Sunday, September 27th @ 2:00 pm EST
Sunday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm EST
Spy Jazz w/ June Garber & Irene Torres
Featuring: Eric St. Laurent, George Koller, Great Bob Scott, Attila Fias, & Alison Young
Hosted by: Jaymz Bee
Sunday, November 29th @ 2:00 pm EST
While it may look a little different this year, its mission remains the same. First launched in 1998 thanks to a team of volunteers acting under the leadership and invention of local residents, Hal Hill— a well-known broadcaster, concert producer, author (Jazz Canadiana), and all-around jazz genre authority — and his wife Chris, the TD Markham Jazz Festival prides itself on presenting a diverse and eclectic selection of jazz performers from Canada and around the world within a range of sub-styles, including blues, soul, Latin, fusion, world and contemporary.
Previous years have featured Internationally renowned and award-winning artists such as Michael Kaeshammer, Brandi Disterheft, Alison Young, David Clayton-Thomas, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bruce Cockburn, Jack De Keyzer, John Pizzarelli, Marc Jordan, Dr Lonnie Smith, Molly Johnson, Barbra Lica, Carol Welsman, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, Jeff Healey, and many more.
The 23rd TD Annual Markham Jazz Festival begins this Sunday, September 27th at 2:00pm EST and will continue on the last Sunday of each month through March 2021.
For TD Markham Jazz Festival updates, visit: http://www.markhamjazzfestival.com/