JAZZ.FM91 presents the 43rd Annual Sound of Jazz Concert Series! This year will feature six tribute concerts from November 2018 through March 2019, showcasing the very best in jazz.
Venue: The Old Mill Toronto, unless otherwise noted
Showtime: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with intermission.
Donation level for tickets:
Single Tickets: $50 each
Season Tickets (All 6 Concerts): $260
Note donation receipts are NOT issued for this series.
Jazz Tribute to 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein
With Music Director Roberto Occhipinti
Tim Ries (saxophonist of the Rolling Stones),
Grammy Award winner Larnell Lewis (drums),
and Juno Award winner Robi Botos (piano)
Date: Monday, November 5th, 2018
Leonard Bernstein was a musical renaissance man. Equally at home playing, composing or conducting ballets, operas, symphonies, jazz or film scores.
On this night, we celebrate the centenary of his birth by focusing on jazz interpretations of the Broadway musicals he played a role in composing, including On the Town, Wonderful Town and West Side Story.
Jazz Tribute to Aretha Franklin:
Tribute to Aretha’s Early Jazz Roots
With Music Director Corey Butler
Date: Monday, November 19th, 2018
Before the great Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul, in the early sixties she was signed to Columbia records as a jazz singer. Although mass popularity evaded her then, many of those early recordings are considered classics.
Even after Aretha achieved success as a soul singer, her jazz roots remained an important part of her musical personality.
On November 19th, we pay tribute to the jazz side of the late, Aretha Franklin.
SoulJazz for the Holidays
With Musical Director: Lou Pomanti
Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Join Gemini-award winner and one of Canada’s most accomplished composers, musicians and musical directors, Lou Pomanti as he welcome the holiday season with SoulJazz and his friends.
Jazz Tribute to Paul Simon
With Music Director Lou Pomanti
Date: Monday, January 14th, 2019
Paul Simon ranks as one the most accomplished songwriters of the 20th century. Many of his compositions are so well known they have become part of the standards repertoire. At 74 he announced his retirement from touring and released In the Blue Light, a new album that features Simon re-imagining several of his lesser known songs. He is backed by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians.
On January 14th we look back at Paul Simon’s astonishing fifty year career and feature some of these lesser known songs as well as the classics such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland.”
Jazz Tribute to 1959:
The year that changed jazz
With Music Director Colleen Allen
Tara Davidson – saxophone
William Sperandi – trumpet
Adrean Farrugia – piano
Date: Monday, January 28th, 2019
1959 was arguably the most creative year in all of jazz history. Many of the contributions we now consider to be jazz “classics” all happened around the same time. Four of the major albums released in 1959 include: Kind of Blue (Miles Davis); Mingus Ah Um (Charles Mingus); Time Out (Dave Brubeck Quartet); Giant Steps (John Coltrane).
Explore these major jazz albums and contributions of 1959 through a special Sound of Jazz evening featuring—music from the year that changed jazz.
The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
With Musical Director: Jules Estrin
Date: March 25th, 2019
JAZZ.FM91’s own Youth Big Band offers a preview of the next generation of our country’s greatest musicians. Under the leadership of Jules Estrin, this group of musicians will showcase and undoubtedly impress as they close the 43rd season of JAZZ.FM91’s Sound of Jazz Concert Season.
Please note: All tickets for fundraising concerts in the JAZZ.FM91’s Sound of Jazz Concert Series are general admission. Reservations are recommended to accommodate you and your guest(s). Audience members without reservations will be seated at a first come, first serve basis.
General admission tickets do not include dinner. To compliment your evening with dinner, when calling the Old Mill Toronto with your reservation, book your dinner with the dining room. Please call the dining room at (416) 207-2020 for your reservation.
JAZZ.FM91 will not be responsible for, or process refunds for poor sightlines, undesirable seating and obstructions. All concerts begin at 8:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm.
- Jazz Tribute to 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein
- November 5, 8:00 pm
- Jazz Tribute to Aretha Franklin: Tribute to Aretha’s Early Jazz Roots
- November 19, 8:00 pm
- SoulJazz for the Holidays
- December 10, 8:00 pm
- Jazz Tribute to Paul Simon
- January 14, 2019, 8:00 pm
- Jazz Tribute to 1959: The year that changed jazz
- January 28, 2019, 8:00 pm
- The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
- March 25, 2019, 8:00 pm
The Sound of Jazz Concert Series is sponsored by