On Thursday, April 25, Jazz FM presented Jazz Lives - a marathon concert at Koerner Hall highlighting the world's best talents in the genre including guitar legend Pat Metheny, trumpet virtuoso Terence Blanchard and Bill McBirnie, who suddenly made the Jazz flute the world's coolest instrument. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band stole the show and reminded us that in Toronto the genre is not just living, it's thriving. Here, five ways to celebrate International Jazz Day.
1. Make your way to Liberty Village for JAZZ.FM91's open house between 6 pm and 9 pm to take in the live-to-air performances by Amy McConnell and William Sperandei Quintet and Triodes
2. Check out Toronto's newest jazz venue, the Jazz Bistro (occupying Top O' The Senator's former digs). Music starts at 9 pm nightly.
3. Plan your Toronto Jazz Festival schedule. The lineup was announced last week and includes legends Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples.
4. Grab a drink at classic Toronto Jazz venue the Rex. Juno-nominee Fern Lindzon and drum specialist Mat MacDonald play tonight.
5. Throw on the world's most romantic Jazz album, Blue Train, and let the sax wash over you...