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Monday, September 8, 2008

Jazz.FM91's 2008/2009 Sound of Jazz Concert Series

JAZZ.FM91 ANNOUNCES 2008/2009 SOUND OF JAZZ CONCERT SERIES
HONOURING THE PAST WITH A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

Toronto, Ontario JAZZ.FM91's popular Sound of Jazz Concert Series returns this Fall for a 33rd season with an all-star cast of jazz musicians and performers. As in years past, this year's nine concert line-up will be held at The Old Mill Inn and will feature an eclectic mix of master musicians and the brightest newcomers on the scene today.

The 2008/2009 Sound of Jazz Concert Series kicks-off Monday, October 6th with one of JAZZ.FM91's most ambitious concerts to date a Big Band tribute to the legendary Swing Era bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Accomplished trombonist and composer Russ Little leads a 16-piece supergroup of players through the work of one of history's best Big Band.

Tickets for the Sound of Jazz Concert Series season opener are $35, with special discounts for students and JAZZ.FM91 members. To purchase tickets visit www.jazz.fm or call 416-595-0404.

"Our 33rd season explores the work of the jazz legends who helped define the "Sound of Jazz" and the artists who are working to redefine and expand that definition today," Ross Porter, JAZZ.FM91 President and Chief Executive Officer explained. "Jazz has always been about creating new boundaries. This year's Sound of Jazz Concert Series is a reflection of the station's commitment to furthering the future of jazz."

Highlights of the 2008/2009 concert line-up include: JAZZ LIVES 2008 headliner and 2007 BBC Jazz Awards Best Vocalist Ian Shaw; internationally renowned jazz pianist and award-winning broadcaster Ben Sidran; legendary composer Bob Dorough; and a special double bill concert from critically-acclaimed piano vocalists Elizabeth Shepherd and Laila Biali. In addition to the Big Band tribute to Tommy Dorsey, homage will also be paid this season to the music of Art Tatum, one of the great jazz improvisers; and Hoagy Carmichael, the prolific composer who wrote many of history's great jazz standards. Two special holiday concerts are also planned including a Seasonal Favourites show featuring Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite from Jim Galloway and his Wee Big Band; and a just before Valentine's Day concert of the "Greatest Love Songs" selected and performed by the great Canadian fugelhornist Guido Basso, with special guest Marc Jordan.

JAZZ.FM91's Sound of Jazz Concert Series is presented by Investment Dealer Raymond James under the direction of Executive Producer Ross Porter and Producers Brad Barker and Jaymz Bee. The series is also generously supported by Don Valley North Lexus, Woodbridge Wines by Robert Mondavi, Bulloch Tailors and Laywine's Pens and Organizers.

Sound of Jazz concerts can be heard throughout the year, on Sunday mornings between 11:00AM and 12:00PM on JAZZ.FM91's Sound of Jazz program.


2008/2009 SOUND OF JAZZ CONCERT SERIES SCHEDULE:

RUSS LITTLE'S BIG BAND TRIBUTE TO TOMMY DORSEY
Monday, October 6th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn General Admission Tickets: $35 Adults, $32 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members Trombonist Russ Little and a 16-piece, all-star big band salute the work of the legendary Swing Era bandleader Tommy Dorsey.

BOB DOROUGH
Monday, October 27th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members Music from the legendary composer of the jazz standard Devil May Care and TV's Schoolhouse Rock, Bob Dorough.

IAN SHAW
Tuesday, November 18th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
Back by popular demand, JAZZ LIVES 2008 headliner and 2007 BBC Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, Ian Shaw returns to Toronto.

SEASONAL FAVOURITES FROM THE JIM GALLOWAY WEE BIG BAND
Monday, December 8th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $35 Adults, $32 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band celebrates the season with some of your holiday favourites and a special performance of Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite.

BEN SIDRAN
Monday, January 12th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
Internationally renowned jazz pianist, award-winning broadcaster, author and lyricist, Ben Sidran is a major force in modern jazz music.

GUIDO BASSO'S THE GREATEST LOVE SONGS
Monday, February 9th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
Celebrate Valentine's Day with someone you love and the "Greatest Love Songs" selected and performed by master of the fugelhorn Guido Basso with special guest Marc Jordan.

ELIZABETH SHEPHERD TRIO/LAILA BIALI TRIO
Monday, February 23rd at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
Two fresh new voices on the jazz scene - both audience favourites and critically acclaimed. Piano vocalists Elizabeth Shepherd and Laila Biali are setting the standard for a new jazz generation.

THE MUSIC OF ART TATUM
Monday, March 16th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
One of the great jazz improvisers, a pianist with an exuberant style and amazing dexterity, piano heavyweights Adam Makowicz and Robi Botos celebrate the music of Art Tatum.

JOE SEALY CELEBRATES HOAGY CARMICHAEL
Monday, March 30th at 8:00PM, The Old Mill Inn
General Admission Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Students and JAZZ.FM91 Members
JAZZ.FM91's own Joe Sealy pays tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, the prolific composer who wrote many of history's great jazz standards including Stardust, Skylark, Heart and Soul and Georgia On My Mind.


ABOUT JAZZ.FM91
JAZZ.FM91 is Canada's Premier Jazz Radio Station, broadcasting the best in jazz music, interviews, documentaries, news, and events 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week across Southern Ontario and Western New York at FM91.1, and around the world on cable, satellite, and the Internet at www.jazz.fm. JAZZ.FM91 is an independent, listener-supported, registered Canadian charity committed to enhancing the greater jazz community through concerts, educational programs, and community partnerships.

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