Gerald Clayton’s music is steeped in the blues. He searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, and Ambrose Akinmusire.
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“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) A sensation before he was 20, Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht described him as “a pianist for the rest of our lives.”
Over the past 15 years, Canada’s own turntable champion and crowd favourite, Skratch Bastid, has been steadily taking his craft to new heights and pushing the boundaries of live DJing. His phenomenally successful collaboration with the Afiara String Quartet, Spin Cycle, premiered at Koerner Hall. Skratch returns with a new stereotype-busting, genre-defying show that features west Philadelphia’s DMC Champion and multiple Grammy and American Music Award winner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, known for his wildly successful hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, with Will Smith.
Together, calypso and soca living legend, Calypso Rose, and nu-calypso pioneers, Kobo Town, create a lively Caribbean party. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva who has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Toronto’s Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago.
Join us for the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party! This celebration of Canada’s blues music features the finest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.
Two-time Juno Award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow celebrates her newest recording Lumières d’hiver, featuring original takes on an eclectic mix of Christmas and wintry tunes. Classics like River, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Noël Blanc, will be performed alongside Quebec favourites, As-Tu Vu le Père Noël, Marie Noël, and surprises such as a French version of the Wilson Sisters pop tune Hey Santa, and Tricot Machine’s Combien de Noel.
Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s extraordinary talent has been recognized by London's Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique.” She has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and collaborated with Coldplay, violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, and renowned orchestras under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. The Financial Times of London has described her Liszt as “magisterial,” and in this solo recital she will perform works by Liszt and Mussorgsky.
Dianne Reeves’s powerful, expressive voice has made her one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. Heard live, the effect is that of a force of nature. An artist who embodies jazz’s enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise, she has won a string of Grammy Awards, including an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards plus another for her contribution to the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film, Good Night and Good Luck.
Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.
Lisa Fischer’s voice is described by Keith Richards as “powerful as the rest of the guys put together.” The powerhouse vocalist has performed at every Rolling Stones concert since 1989, graced shows by artists that include Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, and was featured in the Oscar winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom.