2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival Announcement

Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock & Snarky Puppy are just some of the performers at the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival – proudly sponsored by JAZZ.FM91!

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival announces its first round of artists coming to our city this summer, June 22 – July 1, 2018.

Headliners confirmed to appear at the 32nd Annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival include – Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Bela Flek & The Flecktones, Lake Street Drive and more!

Lake Street Dive | Danforth Music Hall | Monday, June 25 | 8:00PM

Lake Street Dive is a modern-day quartet that seamlessly incorporates jazz, R&B, pop, soul and ‘60s-era rock into a catchy, rollicking mix. Full of witty and irreverent joy, their music is built on hot musical chops, smart lyrics and lush vocal arrangements. From performing at the White House to musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Today Show, sold out shows across the United States and rave reviews for their latest album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive “boasts an unflagging collective charisma and sense of humor that will take them far” (Rolling Stone).

Gregory Porter | Elgin Winter Garden Theatre | Monday, June 25 | 8:00PM

The two-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist returns to the Festival with his latest project, Nat King Cole & Me. A deeply personal tribute to one of the most iconic singers who ignited Gregory Porter’s love of music, the evening will feature some of the most cherished classic Nat King Cole tunes including “Smile,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Nature Boy.” Don’t miss the opportunity to hear one of this generation’s greatest singers perform the music of the legendary crooner as we step back in time for this heartfelt salute.

Snarky Puppy | Danforth Music Hall | Tuesday, June 26 | 8:00PM

After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Endlessly innovative, this New York-based collective plays with an irresistible mix of funk, fire and finesse. Not exactly a jazz band, not a fusion band, and definitely not a jam band, they are perhaps best experienced live where their shows are unparalleled in energy, virtuosity and sheer musicianship.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones | Danforth Music Hall | Wednesday, June 27 | 8:00PM
Banjoist Bela Fleck returns to the Festival stage this summer, reuniting with original Flecktone members Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Harold Levy. Renowned for their virtuoso musicianship and mastery of improvisation, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have perfected their hybrid of bluegrass, jazz and pop over the span of their 30-year career.

Herbie Hancock | Sony Centre | Friday, June 29 | 8:00PM
Herbie Hancock has defied tradition over the years creating music that expands the possibilities of musical thought. Embracing elements of rock, soul, funk and electronica, Hancock is often described by many as a visionary, an architect in the post-bop sound. With a career spanning more than 50 years, his passion for innovation and creativity remain unparalleled.

One of the premiere jazz festivals in North America, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival celebrates its 32nd edition, June 22nd – July 1st. With more than 1,500 musicians performing in over 350 concerts across the city, with emerging artists to established musicians, jazz legends to undiscovered gems – the TD Toronto Jazz Festival will showcase the very best in jazz this summer! For more information, visit torontojazz.com.

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