Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett / TD Toronto Jazz Festival / 2016-06-30 / PHOTOS © Eric Fefferman

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

Andrew Craig (piano) and Molly Johnson © eric fefferman

Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

Jane Bunnett © eric fefferman

Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

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Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett , TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON, 2016-06-30

Jane Bunnett © eric fefferman

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Look no further for your Canada Day evening plans! Franti is in town!

If you know who Michael Franti is then you’re already planning on being at Nathan
Philllips Square on Friday night. If you don’t know him, here’s what you should ask
yourself:

1­ Do I likm-frantie to smile?

2­ Do I like to dance?

3­ Do I like to be happy?

 

4­ Do I like being with other people who like to be happy dancing smiling fools?

If they don’t already, tickets to a Michael Franti show should come with a FUN guarantee!
Should you need more concrete information on what this man is about, look here:
http://jazz.to/concert/michael­franti

See you at the show! I’ll be the one dancing and smiling with joy!

Watch this space for more previews, reviews and photos of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival!

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Double your pleasure with two Canadian jazz greats!

Canadians have enjoyed a lovely relationship with Cuba for decades. It was our private island getaway, where we mingled with East Germans and Soviets drinking our Cuba Libres and listening to local musicians playing rhumbas and salsas for our dancing pleasure. After 1991 musicians from Cuba experienced a bit more freedom, and in 1993 Jane Bunnett, Canadian flutist* and soprano sax player, released Spirits of Havana, an album combining Canadian and Cuban musicians. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Spirits of Havana, Jane Bunnett will be performing with some of the original musicians from the album at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday June 30th for TD Toronto Jazz Fest. If you are new to Afro-Cuban jazz, get ready for the awakening of each and every part of your body. It’s impossible not to feel those rhythms pulsing through you!
And sharing the double bill (at $35/reserved seat – this show is a steal!!!), is the Canadian Jazz songstress, Molly Johnson. Molly Johnson’s interpretations of jazz standards captivates us with her smoky impassioned vocals. Her latest release celebrates the music of Billie Holiday, one of Molly’s inspirations. Among many other recognitions, Ms. Johnson is an Officer of the Order of Canada for her international contributions to the arts and philanthropy and a Juno award winner. She is a Canadian icon that is not to be missed!
With two Canadian jazz greats sharing the bill, one can only hope that there will be some sharing of the stage guaranteed to take our collective breath away!
Click here for more details about the show:
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Grace Potter turns on the light (and everything else!)

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Grace Potter © eric fefferman

Grace Potter performed at TD Toronto Jazz Festival tonight at Nathan Phillips Square and you should definitely regret not having made it to the show. The crowd was lighter than I’ve seen for many headliners. Lots of space at the sides inside and if you were on the other side of the fence you would have had a great view of a hot show!

It pains me to describe a woman first by a physical attribute, but Grace Potter is smokin’ hot on stage! She exudes sexuality from her glittery dress to the boots she kicked off half-way through her set to her wide open flirting with one and all. Her alluring stage presence is fully backed up by the music. This woman is an entertainer on stage and the music is truly the heart of it all.

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Grace Potter © eric fefferman

Grace Potter’s style is a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and all heart and soul. The beauty of a festival is that you always have a mixed audience of fans and music explorers ready for a taste of something new. After the first few notes, Grace invited everyone to get on their feet, and the audience mostly obliged, but by the end of the night the tent was full of new fans dancing their devotion to the powerhouse on the stage.

As any newly solo artist knows, the fans want to hear some favourites, and when Grace let us know it was time to remove some clothing (her boots) and invited the crowd to cuddle up to the stage she launched into Medicine (“She got the medicine that everybody needs”) and won over the whole audience. From that point on we were at her mercy.

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Grace Potter © Stasia Marunchak

Grace Potter plays the audience with the same expert hands that she plays her Wurlitzer and her signature Gibson Flying V. From wooing us with some Neil Young and telling us “I always wished I was Canadian, never more than right now!” to throwing in tastes of Prince, Black Sabbath and
Bill Withers (Lean on Me), she knew how to reel us in. And we happily let her.

By show’s end, no one needed encouragement to be on their feet. Grace Potter had wooed us, wowed us and then broke our hearts a little as she exited the stage.

-Stasia Marunchak

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Will Grace Potter show us the light as she steps out without the Nocturnals?

Will Grace Potter show us the light as she steps out without the Nocturnals?
If her Bonnaroo performance this year is any indication, we are in for a glitzier, pop and rock driven show compared to her more rootsy past. After a decade with the Nocturnals, Grace Potter is breaking out on her own and exploring new musical landscapes. The big question is whether her fans will make the transition with her. She may have stepped away from her hippie queen persona, but she brought her voice and energy with her so it looks like those that can handle a bit of change are in for a treat on Monday night!
Grace Potter released Midnight, her first album without the Ngp_midnight_cover-770x770octurnals, last August. You can catch her show at the Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday, June 27th at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
-Stasia Marunchak
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2016 Toronto Jazz Festival 30th Anniversary. June 24-July3

TJFestLogoWhatever flavor of jazz you enjoy, find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer, running from June 24 – July 3, 2016, as more than 1,500 musicians perform in over 350 concerts. Discover a new artist, explore different genres and attend a live concert surrounded by thousands as the city’s largest music festival takes over for 10 incredible days of non-stop activity. Experience music the way you want it!

HERE IS THE PROGRAM by Date.  http://torontojazz.com/concerts-day/2016-06-24

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Eric Fefferman ~ BLUES in Chicago ~ January 14-15, 2016

 

000_buddyguy1_webJanuary 15, 2016, Buddy Guy playing at his club LEGEND”S.

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Joanna Connor at  the Kingston Mines, January 15, 2016.

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BOB WEIR w Dan Kanter ~ EINSTEIN Gala ~ Carlu Theatre, Toronto ON (5.15.16) Photos by Eric Fefferman

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BOB WEIR w Dan Kanter ~ EINSTEIN Gala ~ Carlu Theatre, Toronto ON (5.15.16) Photos © Eric Fefferman  

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