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    The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 Years


    Over the last 25 years, the Toronto Jazz Festival has brought some of the greatest names in music, to our great city . Roberta Flack, Miles Davis and Tony Bennett kicked off the inaugural Festival back in 1987, along with Stan Getz, Michael Brecker and John Scofield. In 1988, a then unknown pianist played at George’s Spaghetti House. What was her name? Diana Krall. At just 11 years old and perhaps one of the youngest performers ever, Derek Trucks made his first Festival appearance performing with Dr. Hector & the Groove Injectors in 1990 at Downtown Browne’s. Honouring the Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebrations in 2001, the Festival hosted a who’s who featuring Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton. Now that’s a lot of trumpets! Marsalis returned in 2004 and jammed into the wee hours across the street from the Mainstage, forcing a cancellation at the Montreal Jazz Festival the next night. Etta James played to a standing room only crowd in 2008, proving why she’s one of the great vocalists of our generation. A true genius, Oscar Peterson played one of his very last concerts with long time friend, Oliver Jones. Last year, the Festival threw its biggest free concert ever with a double bill that had Toronto on its feet dancing to Chaka Khan and Macy Gray.

    Tonight! Listen to Russ Little Live at JAZZ.FM91!


    Toronto born trombonist Russ Little celebrates the release of his new CD Slow Burn with an intimate concert for JAZZ.FM91 donors. Live from the Long and McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, Russ will be performing songs from his new CD. Join host Ross Porter at 7:00PM for this up close and personal interview and concert with one of Toronto’s best loved performers!

    Outside of our listening area? Join us live HERE.

    Can the Chi-Town Jazz Festival continue fighting hunger?


    Last year, the exceptional Chicago guitarist John Moulder – who also happens to be a Catholic priest – dared to dream big.

    He created a jazz festival in which all the musicians donated their services, all the clubowners contributed their facilities and all the proceeds went to feed the hungry.

    Pinetop Perkins, Legendary Bluesman, Dies At 97


    Pinetop Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97.

    The piano man played with an aggressive style and sang with a distinctive gravelly voice.

    B.B. King said in an emailed statement that he was saddened by the loss of his friend. "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen," King said. "He had such a distinctive voice, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world."



    Toronto, Ontario (March 17th, 2011) – JAZZ.FM91 announced the 2011 lineup of JAZZ LIVES, an annual concert and fundraiser created in 2005 to spotlight the leading jazz musicians of the past and present. JAZZ LIVES will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at Convocation Hall at 8:00 p.m.

    This year, JAZZ LIVES will celebrate JAZZ.FM91’s 10th Anniversary as an all-jazz station. In addition to its annual lineup of international and local jazz giants and future stars, JAZZ LIVES 2011 will include special segments to recognize and celebrate this special achievement. Each year this live concert is recorded for future broadcast to one of North America’s largest jazz listening audiences.

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