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Sammy Jackson Quintet: TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series

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Sammy Jackson Quintet: 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 been an important platform for emerging artists, connecting them with new fans and new venues – artists like Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy and even Diana Krall started as club acts and quickly grew into major draws; Medeski Martin & Wood started as relative unknowns at the 100-capacity Rivoli and built a loyal Festival audience which would later help them sell out our 1400-capacity tent. Sammy Jackson may be headed on that same trajectory – her debut album just won the 2021 JUNO Award in the Best Vocal Jazz category – while at the same time representing a line of outstanding vocalists presented by the Festival including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves and more.