“Recaptures the magic and history of Memphis blues, R&B and soul classics”
Three-time Grammy Award winner DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER is a jazz visionary at the utmost tier of vocalists. In the 70s, this Memphis native was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and also performed with jazz notables Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. A Tony Award Winner, producer, and record label head, she recently won the NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award in April 2017. Bridgewater’s highly-anticipated album “Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready,” released fall 2017, imbibes her love of vintage soul and blues with fierce passion. Dee Dee Bridgewater and her 9-piece band’s performance at TD JazzFest 2018 guarantees to recapture the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B and Soul classics.
“Canada has found a new jazz ambassador!” – LANCE LIDDLE, BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
Blessed with a lush tone and a myriad of exciting musical ideas, Toronto’s alto saxophonist and composer Allison Au is one of the hottest jazz players in Canada. Her debut CD was JUNO nominated and her second, Forest Grove, won a JUNO for “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in 2016. Au and her quartet also earned the Grand Prix de Jazz at last year’s Montreal Jazz Festival. Todd Pentney piano, Dan Fortin bass, Fabio Ragnelli drums
Ranee Lee has spent a half-century in Montreal, where she nurtured an impressive and multi-faceted career as one of this country’s most admired jazz singers. A member of the Order of Canada, Ranee is also an author and an award-winning actress who gave a memorable musical performance as Billie Holiday. She has recorded 13 CDs for the Justin Time label, and the sidemen on her remarkable set of recordings have included such notable jazz artists as Clark Terry, Red Mitchell, and Oliver Jones. She also won a JUNO for “Best Vocal Jazz Album” in 2010. Ranee’s latest touring show, Dark Divas, is a celebration of the most profound jazz and blues singers of the last century. From Josephine Baker and Pearl Bailey to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Ranee explores this vital legacy as a gifted interpreter and never just an imitator. Expect brilliance! Taurey Butler piano, Dave Watts bass, Richard Ring guitar, Ron DiLauro trumpet, Dave Laing drums
“It is impossible to overstate the genius of Rae who also displays maturity wildly beyond her years …There is ample evidence here that the world is Rae’s to conquer.” – THE WHOLENOTE
Named in CBC’s 2017 list of 35 best Canadian Jazz Musicians under the age of 35, Vancouver vocalist Maya Rae teams up with top notch Victoria musicians John Lee piano, Max Workman bass and Kelby MacNayr drums. Maya Rae is faithfully continuing the tradition of young, prodigious voices taking their incredible talents to the jazz art form. At only 16 years old she has an incredibly bright future ahead.
“Unloved is a contemporary-jazz album of character and exhilarating drive.” – THE GUARDIAN
ECM recording star Maciej Obara is Poland’s pre-eminent alto sax player, a notable Euro-jazz artist who combines mercurial lyricism, yearning balladry, and powerful, fiery post-bop playing. With a ninth CD, Unloved, recently released, Obara is touring with his long-time quartet Dominik Wania piano, Ole Morten Vaagan bass, and Gard Nilssen drums.
A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.
Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.
Often hailed as the obvious successor to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, alto and soprano sax master Vincent Herring is celebrated for putting a savvy contemporary spin on classic hard-bop. Playing with an exciting mix of fire and finesse, Herring and his veteran quartet perform contemporary jazz that is intense, soulful, and swings like crazy. The early 1980s saw Herring cutting his teeth with the Lionel Hampton Big Band; later, he played with Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Hargrove – to name just a few. He has recorded over 20 albums as a leader, been on 250 recordings as a sideman, and appeared at nearly every major jazz festival in the world. Long regarded as a sax virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous voice, Herring continues to tour the globe to great acclaim. Dave Kikoski piano, Yasushi Nakamura bass, Carl Allen drums
If you get asked to open for two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter – twice! – you know you’re doing everything right. Alberta-born vocalist and songwriter Ellen Doty has just released her second CD, Come Fall, which is a diverse mix of pop, jazz, and soul. Let Doty and her memorably rich and sultry voice take you on a special journey. Efa Etoroma drums, Eric Haynes piano
Three time Grammy nominee Julian Lage is a certified guitar prodigy who has a distinctly American musical personality that he expresses via a unique blend of jazz, blues, classical, and country. The virtuoso, who played with Gary Burton at age 15, has matured into a thoughtful performer and composer who combines fleet precision and immense technical skill with a boundless musical imagination. His current trio has just released its second CD Modern Lore with Mack Avenue, which was praised by Downbeat for its “virtuosic swirl of twangy textures and gritty grooves.” His 2017 recording, Mount Royal, was nominated for a Grammy this year. Not unlike the equally eclectic Bill Frisell, Lage and his trio take an Americana-tinged ramble through some gorgeous tunes that evoke Duane Eddy and Chet Atkins alongside some righteous swing, languidly cool jazz, and spirited improvisation. Jorge Roeder bass, Eric Doob drums
“A man who’s seen it, done it, played it and is a master of his craft” – THE CALGARY HERALD
Calgary-based JUNO nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead is an inspiration on the Canadian music scene. With 26 albums to his name, he is a master of many skills with no plans of slowing down. Revel in the deep mellifluous tones of one of Canada’s finest veteran jazz musicians as he takes you through decades of superb jazz experiences. Kelly Jefferson saxophone, Reg Schwager guitar, Neil Swainson bass, Ted Warren drums