2019 TD JazzFest
The Victoria Jazz Society is pleased to announce the first 2019 TD JazzFest headliners in the Marquee Series at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse!
Twin bill: Raul MidÓn and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali
McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 21 – 7:30pm | $49.50 & $37.50
Raul Midón has recorded 10 CDs and earned Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019. Midón last appeared at TD JazzFest in 2010, and has collaborated with such icons as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Queen Latifah. Midón sings with a soulful tenor voice and plays guitar in a way that can hold any audience in thrall.
Hailed by Sting as “one of the most inspiring musicians on our planet today”, Benin-based guitarist Lionel Loueke plays a dazzling combination of African folk roots and contemporary jazz, and was last seen in Victoria at the 2013 TD JazzFest as a decade-long member of Herbie Hancock’s band. These virtuosos will perform separately, then combine forces as an unforgettable duo.
Closing the evening, CBC’s Saturday Night Jazz host and JUNO nominee Laila Biali performs hits from her 2018 self-titled CD and crafts a uniquely catchy and sophisticated jazz-pop sound. Don’t miss this perfect twin bill of both great guitarists and evocative singer-songwriters!
The Suffers plus Aaron Scoones
McPherson Playhouse | Sunday, June 23 – 7:30pm | $39.50 & $27.50
Following their compelling late night TV debut on Letterman in 2015, the electrifying eight piece wonder-band The Suffers instantly hit home with their audiences. Exploding onto the scene with their dazzling EP Make Some Room and their critically heralded self-titled debut in 2016, the 2018 release Everything Here proves to be the band’s most bold statement yet. Hailing from Houston, Texas, The Suffers have got everything you need and there’s no need to look further – a dash of reggae, splash of jazz, pinch of salsa, hint of rock ‘n’ roll and a dollop of hip hop and funk – and more simmering inside their magical Gulf Coast soul. This thrilling ensemble is led by the relentlessly soulful Kam Franklin, the singer-songwriter, activist and writer whose vocal range and passion make her shine as an undeniable force.
Patricia Barber Trio plus Marc Atkinson Trio
McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 24 – 7:30pm | $39.50 & $27.50
Chicago’s Patricia Barber, who last played TD JazzFest in 2013, is a unique singer-songwriter-pianist who straddles the junction of jazz and blues. Notwithstanding Barber’s technical finesse on piano, it’s her songwriting, intriguing arrangements, and low-register vocals that are at the centre of her music-making. Starting in the ‘90s with Modern Cool and Café Blue, Barber emerged as a confident stylist whose cerebral take on life was idiosyncratic and often sardonic. Known for her cool intellectualism, a hip performance style more cabaret than concert hall, and being a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in the category of Music Composition, Barber is a one-of-a-kind artist with dozens of impressive recordings.
Joey Alexander Trio plus Quinn Bachand
Royal Theatre | Tuesday, June 25 – 7:30pm | $58.50 & $43.50
There have been many prodigies in the world of jazz, but very few can compare with the crazy-talented, Indonesia-born pianist/prodigy Joey Alexander. He became an overnight sensation when Wynton Marsalis invited him to play at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at age 11, closely followed by a CBS 60 Minutes feature alongside Marsalis in 2016. By 14, Alexander had released two Grammy-nominated CDs. These days, he continues to evolve by leaps and bounds. His newest CD, Eclipse, shows off his powerful gifts as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Even the critics and festival bookers normally skeptical of young prodigies are won over by the musical maturity underlying Alexander’s extraordinary technical facility. He celebrates his 16thbirthday at his debut performance in Victoria.
An Evening With Jacob Collier
Royal Theatre | Friday, June 28 – 7:30pm | $58.50 & $43.50
British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and production wunderkind Jacob Collier went viral on YouTube, catching the attention of Quincy Jones. His 2016 album, In My Room, won 2 Grammys and a Jazz FM Award. This album led to collaborations and performances with Herbie Hancock, and Pharrell, as well as a TED Talk, a BBC Proms concert and more. In January 2018, Collier wrote Djesse, a universal wonder featuring contributions from a global cast of Collier’s musical inspirations. It is one of the most audacious recording projects to emerge this decade from someone who is already established as one of music’s most brazen new minds. Jacob Collier doesn’t merely embrace globalism; he lives it, sings it, arranges for it through songs that fightfor something—music and its power to remind us of the connections we all share, the humanity of being alive at all. He last played solo at TD JazzFest 2017, but is joined this time by a band for an awe-inspiring performance that is sure to both dazzle and electrify.
Stay tuned! Complete TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019 artist line-up available mid-April!