The Toronto Jazz Festival is being held at venues in Yorkville, and I’m hearing some wonderful music. Friday night, after work, I took in the Humber Student Ensemble on the Cumberland Street stage. These recent grads and students of Humber’s jazz program played a selection of standards: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Errol Garner, Ray Noble, etc.. This is the kind of jazz I like. Doing a great job were Matt Lagan on sax, Chris Tufaro on piano, Julien Bradley-Combs on guitar, Emily Steinwall on sax, and Erik Larson on bass.
The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet played on a stage on Yorkville Street on Saturday. This combo is a who’s who of Canadian jazz greats … veterans of the late Rob McConnell and his bands (the Boss Brass, the Tentet). Dave Young is playing bass, and Terry Promane is the horn player wearing sunglasses. They play the “Toronto sound” which is a blend of tight arrangements and virtuoso musicianship. Also in the Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet are Kevin Turcotte (trumpet/flugelhorn), Vern Dorge (alto saxophone), Mike Murley (tenor saxophone), Perry White (baritone saxophone), Gary Williamson (piano) and Terry Clarke (drums).