It’s now been one month since I took on the role of Artistic Director of Toronto Downtown Jazz and these past four weeks have been action-packed: exciting, overwhelming, challenging, illuminating...I’ve learned a lot about how the festival runs - which artists sell tickets, which venues work best - and look forward to learning even more over the next six months.
We have about eight weeks to get all of the artists and venues finalized - an enormous task. Lots of behind-the-scenes negotiations, listening to submissions and figuring out how everything will fit. We’ll be presenting some of the top names on the national and international jazz scenes, and hope to present a great balance of genres with talent from this city and abroad.
Check in regularly for concert announcements, tips on artists and more; let’s use this as a forum too to talk about jazz in Toronto.
I look forward to seeing you soon!