There won’t be so many blogs over the next week or so as Live Music Managements chief blogger (that’s me!) is away on holiday in Canada. However music obsessives that we are we have timed our holiday to coincide with the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival which for our money is one of the best free music events in the world.
This great festival is held over three days in the Beaches neighborhood in Toronto.Queen Street closed to traffic at six pm last night and around forty bands set up outside the shops down a mile or so strip. The jazz description is a bit loose with regards to the street festival as there are RNB bands (both old school rnb and new school) , swing bands, jump jive, trad jazz and rock n roll acts.
A highlight for Live Music Management last night were the amazing Toronto All Stars which features members ranging in age from thirteen up to nineteen,all of them exceptional jazz musicians.The Toronto All Stars band have been favourites of ours for over ten years now and , of course, we have seen members come and go but last nights band were as good as any line up we have seen and one of the three Andrews Sisters style singers had real star quality .As ever the band were playing outside Swiss Chalet and our night began watching forty minutes of brilliant swing music.
Another favourite of LMM’s is God Made Me Funky a brilliant funk soul party band playing brilliant funk rock versions of chart and rnb tunes (think Black Eyed Peas doing a street gig outside Starbucks.)
Besides the above ,whose sets we watched in total, we managed to catch little bits of dozens of other acts.
The atmosphere was brilliant (the torrential rain stopping just shortly before the event started) with thousands of people strolling down Queen Street with a coffee in hand and crowds gathering at each band stage.
Tonight we shall be down there again checking out the action and comparing the acts with our own brilliant party bands back in the UK.If I get two minutes over the next few days I will post a little review.