Some more hi-lights from the 2015 Toronto Jazz Festival. The Afterwork series on the Outdoor Stage at Nathan Philips Square has had some amazing bands to help you unwind after a hard day at the office. Unwinding things on Wednesday was Brooklyn based horn-driven funksters ‘Ikebe Shakedown’. Some really cool grooves from these guys.
The Main Stage show started off with local favorite Shakura S’aida and her amazing band.
Headlining the main stage was Booker T. Jones, grooving out his most memorable hits from the MG days and a slew of other tunes he has collaborated on.
Thursday night on the main stage at Nathan Philips Square, Al Di Meola brought his “Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour” thru Toronto. The place was packed, with a noticeable contingent of guitar players in the audience, myself included. This is the music I know best from Al, and despite a minor technical difficulties break, he demonstrated his mastery of the signature beautiful black Les Paul.
For more images from each show, check out these pages
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Al Di Meola : 2015 Toronto Jazz Festival
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The 2015 Toronto Jazz festival is well under way, starting with a packed square to get all funky with Morris Day & the Time. This crowd then shifted their attention towards the main stage under the tent for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. I was too late to get a wrist band for the main show under the tent so had to watch from outside, which you can see on the right hand side of this image in the background
Nathan Philips Square Jazz Festival
On Sunday, the Shuffle Demons and later, Tower of Power performed at Nathan Philips Square.
The Happy Pals at Grossmans Tavern
For the Swing-set, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra kept the toes tappin’ and the dance floor jiving.
There are regular shows at the Paddock Tavern every day this week, some great singers and players are on the bill. This is the Ryan Oliver Trio with Damian Szidiropulosz sitting in on guitar.
The Ori Dagan Trio at Monarchs Pub