For more than 45 years, the Sound of Jazz Concert Series has entertained thousands of concert goers of all ages with a rich spectrum of jazz, and each concert is captured live for rebroadcast on JAZZ.FM91’s Sound of Jazz program. 

The 45th season of the Sound of Jazz Concert Series features six special concerts taking place between the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022 in the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at the JAZZ.FM91 studios.

“The 45th Sound of Jazz Concert Series season is an exciting milestone for us,” said Dana Wigle, General Manager of JAZZ.FM91. “This year is special because thanks to the support of our partners at Don Valley North Lexus, the Sound of Jazz Concert Series is accessible to everyone.”

Audiences from across the globe will be able to hear each concert LIVE on the air and see them online via a live stream on JAZZ.FM91’s Facebook page. As with all Sound of Jazz concerts, the performances will also be archived for an upcoming episode of our weekly Sound of Jazz program on Sundays at 4 p.m. ET.

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Trane of Thought with the Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald Quintet

Thursday, April 21 • 7 p.m. ET

Tenor sax players Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald lead an all-star quintet in this tribute to the great John Coltrane.
Trane of Thought is a heartfelt tribute from two musicians with strong and distinctive voices of their own. LaBarbera and MacDonald have fully immersed themselves in the music of Coltrane, and you can hear it in every note they play.

Songs in the Key of Jackie

Thursday, April 14 • 7 p.m. ET

Jackie Richardson and the Mark Lalama Band pay a soulful tribute to Bill Withers. Led by vocalist Jackie Richardson, the band features pianist Mark Lalama, drummer Davide DiRenzo and bassist Richard Moore.

A Tribute to Charlie Parker with Luis Deniz & Friends

Tuesday, April 12 • 7 p.m. ET

Luis Deniz and friends pay tribute to the late, great Charlie Parker. This highly talented band features pianist Teri Parker, trumpeter Alexander Brown, bassist Duncan Hopkins and drummer Ernesto Cervini.

Caribbean Christmas Mixtape with Joy Lapps-Lewis and Larnell Lewis + special guests

Tuesday, Dec. 14 • 7 p.m. ET

Joy Lapps-Lewis and Larnell Lewis take inspiration from their upbringing as two Canadians born to Afro-Caribbean parents in the 1980s, and the traditions they keep as they nurture their own family. They’ve taken influence from the calypso, zouk, reggae, soul and R&B sounds of their ancestry and blended it with their own modern approaches to jazz and hip-hop. The result is a musical mixtape that’s rich with culture and tradition — just like the one Larnell’s father played for the family every Christmas while preparing their home for the joys of the holiday season.

Heavyweights Brass Band + Joel Visentin

Thursday, Nov. 18 • 7 p.m. ET

Escape to the birthplace of jazz with the group that honours the rich legacy of New Orleans. It’s the Heavyweights Brass Band — with special guest Joel Visentin of JV’s Boogaloo Squad! Get ready for an inspiring blend of original music — including tunes from their new album Stir Crazy — and be sure to expect the unexpected.

Jeremy Ledbetter Trio + special guests

Tuesday, Oct. 19 • 7 p.m. ET

The 45th season of JAZZ.FM91’s signature Sound of Jazz Concert Series gets under way with the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio and special guests. The trio features bandleader Jeremy Ledbetter on keys, Grammy Award winner Larnell Lewis on drums, and the illustrious Rich Brown on bass.