Four projects by Toronto jazz artists are receiving additional support for their work after being chosen as the latest winners of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects.

The initiative provides a bursary along with marketing and public relations support to artists whose special projects “demonstrate a particular passion and vibrancy.” Now in its 10th year, the initiative is spearheaded by Toronto Downtown Jazz, producers of the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

The four winners are the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra (DKJO), Pete Johnston’s See Through 4, Lenka Lichtenberg and Donnybrook with Ian Hendrickson-Smith.

Formed in 2017 by bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Kwok (a recent participant in JAZZ.FM91’s Jazzology program), the DKJO is a contemporary big band that showcases new works by the next generation of jazz composers. The group comprises 19 of southern Ontario’s finest performers under 35. This spring, the DKJO will release its debut album Windward Boundand will also present the world premiere of a five-movement suite by saxophonist and composer Brenden Varty.

Soul-jazz trio Donnybrook has teamed up with world-renowned saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith for a special performance of original music at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Club.