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Markham Jazz Festival Newsletter
June 07, 2018

TD Markham Jazz Festival Announces Early Confirmed Artists!

The TD Markham Jazz Festival has grown into a respected, wide-reaching event, and a must-see stop on the Ontario circuit of live jazz and music festivals each summer.  Returning attendees know the charm of Unionville, the presence of uplifting music everywhere, the variety of jazz and blues with something to suit each individual taste, and the incredible fact that thanks to our valued sponsors and grant providers, all of our three outdoor stages are FREE!

So please mark your calendars for August 15 (our Opening Night Concert at the Varley Art Gallery more exciting news to follow about that) and Friday August 17 to Sunday evening August 19 when we close off the show!

Here are a few early announcements to whet your appetite for fabulous live jazz and blues!  Many more announcements to follow. We will be presenting over 30 concerts!


Deva Mahal – Friday, August 17: 9:30 to 11:00pm at the Millennium Bandstand

A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, and coming to visit us from New York, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song, Never Let You Go on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. Deva's particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise with new music due out on Motéma in 2018.

The Tiki Collective – Saturday, August 18: 5:00 to 6:30pm at the Millennium Bandstand

The Tiki Collective (TTC) is a who's-who collection of Toronto's finest jazz musicians and vocalists. They perform jazz, exotica, and surf-pop – all under the direction of guitarist Eric St-Laurent. The band features many musicians and singers per show. Their debut CD, MUSE, was produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant for Vesuvius Music. TTC has performed at venues such as Lula Lounge, La Reolucion and the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Musicians include: Eric St-Laurent (guitar) George Koller (bass), Great Bob Scott (drums), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Ernie Tollar (saxes), Bill McBirnie (flute), and Drew Jurecka (violin). Vocalists featured include: Jocelyn Barth, Genevieve Marentette Tyra Jutai, Joanna Majoko, Heather Luckhart, Irene Torres and Denielle Bassels.

Ian Hendrickson-Smith with Morgan Childs' Soul Jazz Revue – Saturday, August 18: 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Millennium Bandstand

Drummer Morgan Childs is a unique talent on the Canadian music scene, equally at home playing straight-ahead jazz, modern original music, or funky break beats. Morgan started the Soul Jazz Revue to celebrate the music of soul jazz pioneers like Grant Green and Lonnie Smith.

Ian Hendrickson-Smith
is the saxophonist for The Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and previously spent six years touring and recording with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. He has recorded and performed with such greats as Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and Lonnie Smith.

We are excited to share this early information with you. Please check our website frequently, as artists and other news will be added on a regular basis!
See you there!
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.
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