Toronto Jazz Festival @Yorkville (Jun 22 – Jul 1, 2018)
All that Jazz and much more returned to delight Toronto jazz lovers with more than 150 free and ticketed live performances, once again centred around an upscale Yorkville hub.
The annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, presented its wide-ranging “jazz, jazz-influenced, jazz-influencing music,” from June 22 to July 1, in free shows in Yorkville, which included a performance by gritty raspy-voiced Macy Gray, and ticketed performances at Sony Centre, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Koerner Hall, and other music venues.
Among the highlights of the ticketed shows at Sony Centre were legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock on June 29, R&B-soul-pop and jazz crooner Seal on June 23, and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on June 25, along with celebrated Canadian jazz artist Holly Cole at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on June 28.
Seal, with his distinct graceful 4-time Grammy Award-winning style filled the cavernous but acoustically-sound Sony Centre with jazz classics and smooth dance moves.
While in the same venue, sweet-sounding Southern Belle bluegrass-singing 27-time Grammy Award-winning Alison Krauss filled the Sony stage with her beautiful angelic voice and country classics. She was joined on stage by Grammy Award-winning bassist Barry Bales, as part of Union Station, and by the Cox Family, with which, Alison Krauss has had many successful collaborations.
In the more intimate venue of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, dynamic multiple Juno Award-winning Holly Cole songstress sang some rousing renditions of beloved classics such as “Que Sera Sera” and Harry Belafonte standard “I Can See Clearly Now.”
We would like to thank Anna Tom, Public Relations, Toronto Downtown Jazz, for the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful music of this year’s Toronto Jazz Festival.