The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
Toronto is home to one of the largest Cuban populations outside of Cuba, and Cuban musical traditions have been well-represented on our stages over the years. From visiting artists like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Omara Portuondo to legendary local artists like Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran and OKAN, Cuban sounds have played an important role in each year’s Festival programming. Elmer Ferrer is one of the local Cuban community’s most exciting players – a fiery guitarist who takes a decidedly contemporary approach to Cuban musical traditions, earning him a regular spot in the band of Larnell Lewis, and a 2021 JUNO Award nomination for his own music.