We're paying tribute to Gil Evans, one of the jazz world’s most important composers and arrangers, with a performance of the music from Miles Ahead, the groundbreaking collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis recorded in 1957. Outstanding Canadian trumpeter Kevin Turcotte will be the evening’s featured soloist. The second half of the June 8th performance will feature the music of Miles Ahead performed exactly as on the recording, with scores provided by the Gil Evans estate. The first half of the performance will feature music by Gil Evans contemporaries and composers influenced by Evans’ writing: Darcy James Argue, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Phil Nimmons. Tickets available at the door or buy now online using the order form below. For more information, see the press release or see the poster.
Join us for our annual celebration Canadian big band music, featuring original compositions by established and emerging Canadian composers. We'll be playing music by established and emerging Canadian composers including Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Hugh Fraser, Darcy James Argue and Josh Grossman, as well as music submitted to the TJO Call for Scores by Dean McNeill, Allison Au, Mike Downes, Thomas Hay and David Barton. You're guaranteed to hear something old, something new, and probably even something borrowed and something blue. See the poster
Outstanding vocalist Sophia Perlman joins the Toronto Jazz Orchestra for three sets of great music, ranging from favourite classics to songs without words. Sophia sings, the band swings! See the poster.
We once teamed up with Swing Toronto to present our annual fundraising event - the TJO Swing Thing, a night of dancing to the original arrangements of the Count, the Duke, Glenn Miller and more. Funds raised help to offset the cost of presenting great programming each year. With guest vocalist Sophia Perlman. See the poster.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Live at The Rex Hotel
194 Queen Street West
No cover; donations appreciated
Three sets of great big band music including excerpts from our recent FUNK! performance and brand new repertoire.
On November 20, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra celebrated all that is funky with music by Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Rob McConnell, Maria Schneider, Josh Grossman and Christian Overton, along with the Canadian premiere of four arrangements by Conrad “Prof” Johnson, director of the acclaimed Kashmere Stage Band and subject of the 2010 documentary Thunder Soul. See the funky poster or see photos on Flickr.
The Toronto Jazz Orchestra kicks off its 13th season with two sets of the best in contemporary big band composition. Featuring music by Jim McNeely, Thad Jones, Geoffrey Keezer, Darcy James Argue, Josh Grossman and more.