Rich Brown’s New Abeng Quartet: TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series
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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.
The Festival has always sought to be on top of musical trends, especially as they relate to jazz. Artists like Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Esperanza Spalding have all brought their mix of jazz, R&B, soul, funk and hip hop to our stages, carving new musical paths and bringing in new audiences along the way – as demonstrated by their Grammy nominations in distinctly non-jazz categories. Toronto’s internationally acclaimed bassist Rich Brown has taken a similar approach on the Festival stage with his groups like rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng, earning three National Jazz Award nominations for “Electric Group of the Year”, and attention from touring artists list Rudresh Mahanthappa, James “Blood” Ulmer and Jane Siberry, among others.