My Picks During Summer Music Festival Season

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Not that anyone asked, but I figured with festival season about to begin, I'd share with you some of my favourite places to hang out during this time of year as well as some shows on the schedule this year that you won't want to miss! If anybody happens to take my suggestions to heart, be sure to tweet me and let me know you're going! We just may run into each other :)

TORONTO
               TD Toronto International Jazz Festival

  • June 18th: Oscar Peterson 90th Birthday Celebration: The Oscar Peterson Quartet with Ulf Wakenius and Alvin Queen featuring Robi Botos on piano with special guest, Christian McBride! (My full post on this HERE)
  • June 19th & 20th: Renee Rosnes Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 21st: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Directed by Scotty Barnhart w. guest vocalist Carmen Bradford. Details HERE!
  • June 23rd: Christian McBride Big Band! Details HERE!
  • June 24th: An Evening With Branford Marsalis - Details HERE!
  • June 25th: Whitney Ross-Barris - Details HERE!
  • June 24th: John Pizzarelli Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 19th & 26th: Dee Dee & The Dirty Martini's - Details HERE!
  • June 26th & 27th: Jackie Richardson and Friends - Details HERE!
  • June 26th & 27th: Freddy Cole Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 27th: JazzFM91 Youth Big Band - Details HERE!
  • June 19th, 20th, & 28th: Heather Bambrick & Friends - Details HERE!
  • June 29th: Jamie Cullum at Koerner Hall! Details HERE!


ROCHESTER
             Rochester International Jazz Festival

  • June 19th: Diana Krall at Eastman Theatre - Details HERE!
  • June 19th: Cecile McLorin Salvant - Details HERE!
  • June 20th: Benny Green Trio - Details HERE!
  • June 21st: Benny Green Solo - Details HERE!
  • June 21st & 22nd: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - Details HERE!
  • June 23rd: Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra - Details HERE!
  • June 25th: Bill Charlap - Details HERE!
  • June 25th: Stanley Clarke Band - Details HERE!
  • June 27th: Renee Rosnes - Details HERE!
  • June 27th: Champian Fulton - Details HERE!
  • June 27th: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Details HERE!


CHICAGO 
           Ravinia Festival

  • June 19th: Alan Cumming - Details HERE!
  • July 8th: Bobby McFerrin Conducts Gershwin's Porgy and Bess - Details HERE!
  • July 11th: Aretha Franklin - Details HERE!
  • July 26th: Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration - Details HERE!
  • August 7th: Harry Connick Jr. - Details HERE!
  • August 8th: Ramsey Lewis - Details HERE!


MONTRÉAL
             Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • June 27th: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio - Details HERE!
  • June 27th: The Stanley Clarke Band - Details HERE!
  • June 28th & 29th: Christian Scott Quintet - Details HERE!
  • June 28th: Robert Glasper Trio - Details HERE!
  • June 28th: Molly Johnson: Because of Billie - Details HERE!
  • June 29th: Erykah Badu - Details HERE!
  • June 30th: Wayne Shorter - Details HERE!
  • June 30th: Brandi Disterheft - Details HERE!
  • July 1st: Jamie Cullum - Details HERE!
  • July 2nd & 3rd: Russell Malone Quartet - Details HERE!
  • July 2nd: John Pizzarelli - Details HERE!
  • July 3rd: Dee Dee Bridgewater - Details HERE!
  • July 4th: Jim Doxas Trio - Details HERE!
  • July 5th: Oliver Jones Presents Pianos Caméléons w. Matt Herskowitz, John Roney, and Julie Lamontagne - Details HERE!


PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
               *Details coming soon

OTTAWA
             Ottawa Jazz Festival

  • June 19th: The Soul Rebels - Details HERE!
  • June 20th: The Roots - Details HERE!
  • June 21st: Renee Rosnes Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 22nd: Tower of Power - Details HERE!
  • June 23rd: Robi Botos with Seamus Blake - Details HERE!
  • June 23rd: An Evening with Branford Marsalis - Details HERE!
  • June 24th: The Stanley Clarke Band - Details HERE!
  • June 30th: Jamie Cullum - Details HERE!
  • July 1st: The Heavyweights Brass Band - Details HERE!


VANCOUVER
                 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • June 19th: Buddy Guy - Details HERE!
  • June 22nd: The Stanley Clarke Band - Details HERE!
  • June 22nd: Renee Rosnes Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 23rd: Erykah Badu - Details HERE!
  • June 26th & 27th: Jimmy Heath Quartet - Details HERE!
  • June 30th: The Roots - Details HERE!

Full schedules of some of my favourites artists are available below:

Robi Botos
Paul Marinaro
Benny Green
Heavyweights Brass Band
Renee Rosnes
Monty Alexander
Ulf Wakenius
http://www.ulfwakenius.net
Bill Charlap
Jim Clayton
Justin Kauflin
Michael Kaeshammer
www.kaeshammer.com
Roy Hargrove
Roberta Gambarini
Jane Monheit




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