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.
From Christian McBride to Geoffrey Keezer, Russell Malone to Esperanza Spalding, to some of today’s biggest local names, the Festival has always taken pride in presenting the Young Lions of jazz – musicians who have gone on to make a major impact on the international jazz scene, but who were relatively unknown when they first played the Festival. We even introduced a young Harry Connick Jr. to Toronto in 1989! Jesse Ryan continues this tradition – winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist award in 2020, he released his debut album the same year and has already made a substantial mark on the Toronto scene with his unique blend of jazz and Caribbean musical traditions.