The TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents Recorded Live: seven concerts recorded at the 2022 TD Toronto Jazz Festival which celebrate Toronto’s — and jazz music’s — incredible cultural diversity.

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Now program, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival recorded seven concerts at the 2023 Festival, with the goal of showcasing the diversity of music presented each year at the Festival — and celebrating Toronto’s incredible multiculturalism. Each featured ensemble is made up of musicians from the Greater Toronto Area, and each brings different musical and cultural influences to their performances. From the sounds of Brazil, Madagascar, Cuba and Eastern Europe to R&B and Indigenous blues, these seven concerts sound like Toronto… and sound like jazz.

Watch the concerts at torontojazz.com!


Moskitto Bar

Available Oct. 17

Recorded July 1, 2022, on the TD Stage in Festival Village as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Moskitto Bar is an only-in-Toronto blend of the music of Ukraine, the Balkans, Iraq, Algeria, Brittany, Canada and more that celebrates the coming-together of cultures and music’s ability to unite us — and get us moving. The band is the personification, and the soundtrack brought to life, of multi-cultural Toronto and of the magic that ensues when artists from different traditions come together in new contexts. Like their namesake bug, but nicer, they feed off of one other musically and gain inspiration through sharing. Featuring Tangi Lion (Brittany, France) on accordion and vocals, Ahmed Moneka (Iraq) on percussion and vocals, Yura Rafaliuk (Ukraine) on cimbalom and vocals, Fethi Nadjem (Algeria) on violin and vocals, Demetrios Petsalakis (Greece) on Oud, Christopher Kettlewell (Canada) on upright bass, Majd Sekkar (Syria) on clarinet and Naoki Hishinuma (Japan) on trumpet.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


Maria and the Band

Available Oct. 24

Recorded July 1, 2022, on the TD Stage in Festival Village as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Founded in 2011 through an organic collaboration between Brazilian and Canadian musicians, Maria and the Band plays forró pé de serra, a folk music from northeastern Brazil. Led by the dynamic and charming Jerusa Leão, the group has played several iconic Toronto venues including the Dakota Tavern and the Great Hall, and festivals including Lulaworld Festival and the Small World Music Festival. Incorporating rabeca (Brazilian fiddle), zabumba (two-toned drum), accordion, triangle, and a chorus of vocals, Maria and the Band plays original compositions and also interpret the greats of classical forro so beloved in Brazil.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


Shawnee Kish

Available Oct. 31

Recorded June 26, 2022, on the TD Stage in Festival Village as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Shawnee Kish discovered music as medicine at a very early age. Born dreaming about being on stage and starting her journey toward a career in music at the age of 12, music quickly became a source of self-empowerment for the soulful two-spirit singer, allowing her to stand tall in her personal strength and power. Named the winner of CBC’s 2020 Searchlight talent competition, this fierce, powerhouse artist has been celebrated as one of North America’s “top gender-bending artists” (MTV), named by Billboard as an “artist you need to know” and continuously uses her music to empower. An outspoken advocate for her Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities, Shawnee is a proud two-spirit Mohawk and clearly an artist with vision. She continues to tour while also working with the We Matter Campaign and Kids Help Phone in hopes of empowering youth, providing strength and hope through music.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


Melanie Durrant

Available Nov. 7

Recorded June 25, 2022, on the TD Main Stage in The Grove as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Melanie Durrant is an award-winning Canadian soul singer who embodies real artistry through her unique, edgy and soulful music style. Born and raised in Toronto, Durrant has garnered a list of music accolades: three Juno Award nominations, a SiriusXM Indie Award nomination, and close to 4 million streams. Her album Anticipation landed a  No. 1 spot on campus radio and saw a Top 20 spot on the national Earshot! chart. A multi-talented artist, Durrant was also a featured performer in the Canadian production of Rent; she has also shared the stage alongside Jay Z, 50 Cent, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Alessia Cara, Cissy Houston, Sean Paul, Common, and many other top acts. Full of melodic surprises, heavenly harmonies and bold direction, Melanie Durrant embodies the voice, attitude and sound that has helped shape Canada’s diverse soundscape.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


Um Grande Encontro

Available Nov. 14

Recorded June 26, 2022, on the TD Main Stage on The Block as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Um Grande Encontro means “The Big Meeting,” and in this case reflects new and exciting musical combinations never before heard or seen in Toronto.  For the first time in Canada: Brazilian Bateria with Orchestra! Special guest composer, arrangerand conductor Rafael Piccolotto de Lima brought his own compositions and arrangements, in the Forró Sem Palavras style, to perform with an all-star band of 13 Toronto musicians and guest appearances by A Fantástica Bateria, Canada’s premier bateria ensemble. This concert features musical director Alan Hetherington.


Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


Donné Roberts

Available Nov. 21

Recorded June 25, 2022, on the TD Stage in Festival Village as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, music producer, mentor and guitar teacher Donné Roberts is a two-time Juno Award winner and four-time Juno nominee, his most recent nomination coming in 2022 for his latest album OYA. Born in Madagascar and living in Toronto, Roberts was a backup singer for Ace of Base and was even the first Black VJ on MTV Russia. He was a member of the African Guitar Summit and a founding member of Okavango African Orchestra. He has collaborated and co-written with Canadian musicians such as the Sultans of String, Amanda Martinez, Julian Fauth, Taxi Chain and more. Roberts is a passionate performer — when he hits the stage with his Madagascar solid groove infused with Afrobeat, Austronesian catchy melodies, and blues guitar riffs, he exhilarates crowds even if they haven’t heard his music before. He performs mainly in his mother tongue of Malagasy, but this never proves to be a barrier to the audience, providing living proof that music truly does transcend language.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.


OKAN

Available Nov. 28

Recorded June 24, 2022, on the TD Stage in Festival Village as part of the 35th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Taking their name from the word for “heart” or “soul” in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, Juno Award-winning OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. They have worked with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta, Daymé Arocena and Telmary Diaz, among others, and their latest release Espiral has earned international acclaim from the likes of OkayAfrica, NPR and Songines; it debuted at the No. 1 position on the Earshot international charts and was included in CBC Music’s top 20 and NPR’s top 10 alt-Latino albums of the year. The group is co-led by Elizabeth Rodriguez, a classically trained violinist born in Havana, Cuba, who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra, and Magdelys Savigne, hailing from Santiago de Cuba, who graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts.

Please note: Audio was taken directly from the sound board so may contain occasional imperfections.