TD Markham Jazz Festival Announces Headliners – JUNO Winners Michael Kaeshammer, Alison Young & Brandi Disterheft

TD Markham Jazz Festival have announced this year’s headlining acts set to perform among the 30+ free concerts across three stages this August 16th, 17th, and 18th. 

Fresh off her debut and JUNO Award-winning album win for So Here We Are, Alison Young will headline the Millennium Bandstand Friday, August 16th at 7:30pm, ahead of LowDown Brass Band at 9:30pm. 

On Saturday, August 17th at 9:00pm, attendees will be treated to what the Jazz Advocate calls “Mr. Personality!” and the Montreal Gazette says is a “must-see live act” — JUNO Award-winning and internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, pianist and producer Michael Kaeshammer and his spellbinding, genre-bending new album, SOMETHING NEW

“Listening to Michael Kaeshammer play live is like looking through a window into one of the greatest musical minds in the world today.” — The Record

Another JUNO Award-winner is slated for banner status on the Millennium Bandstand Stage; renowned bassist, singer, and composer Brandi Disterheft will headline Sunday, August 18th at 5:00pm. 

The 22nd annual Festival kicks things off with some uptown funk for its hallmark Opening Night Concert Wednesday, August 14th at the Markham Museum; the evening will feature Oakland Stroke, the tribute band known for their 70s horn hit repertoire highlighting the likes of Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago and more. 

Allison Au, BMC Organ Trio, Bywater Call, Chris Gale, George Koller and Secret Space Program, GUH, Heather Bambrick, Kollage, Lauren Falls, Tia Brazda, The Bright Lunch Trio, and The Worst Pop Band Ever are among the artists slated to play across the Festival’s 22nd multiple venues Friday through Sunday.

The lineup will ultimately feature more than 30 concerts across main stages and local establishments, the Festival will continue its tradition of offering free admission to outdoor concerts, complimentary shuttle bus service, art gallery tours, wine and beer gardens, and much more. 

The TD Markham Jazz Festival 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 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 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 22nd TD Annual Markham Jazz Festival is this August 16 – 18, 2019 at venues throughout Markham. The Opening Night Concert is Wednesday, August 14th at the Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Road, Markham. 

For TD Markham Jazz Festival updates, visit: http://www.markhamjazzfestival.com/

ABOUT THE TD MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

The TD Markham Jazz Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to enrich cultural life in the region by bringing emerging and established jazz artists to Markham for all to enjoy. Established in 1998, the festival draws more than 25,000 residents and visitors to the streets of Unionville during the third weekend in August. Local and international artists deliver over 30 open-air performances during the weekend as well as in selected “hot spots” and at a ticketed opening-night concert. During the year, the festival hosts “Hot Spot Concerts” at selected venues in Markham. TD Canada Trust became its title sponsor in 2014.

Thanks to Eric Alper for the media release.