The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
Toronto is home to one of the largest Cuban populations outside of Cuba, and Cuban musical traditions have been well-represented on our stages over the years. From visiting artists like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Omara Portuondo to legendary local artists like Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran and OKAN, Cuban sounds have played an important role in each year’s Festival programming. Elmer Ferrer is one of the local Cuban community’s most exciting players – a fiery guitarist who takes a decidedly contemporary approach to Cuban musical traditions, earning him a regular spot in the band of Larnell Lewis, and a 2021 JUNO Award nomination for his own music.
Elmer Ferrer is a multi-award-winning Guitarist, Music Composer and Producer. Born in Cuba and based in Toronto since 2009, Elmer is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and prolific musicians from the high-quality music producing island. He launched his solo career in 2002, winning Cubadisco Award Best New Album of the Year and a nomination as Best Jazz Album with his first solo CD release “Metropoli”. Elmer’s original instrumental song Los Gatos de Alf won Honorable Mention in the Jazz category at the International Songwriting Competition 2006. He was also one of three artists featured in Jazz Cuba Today, the first Jazz DVD made in Cuba, awarded Best DVD of the Year Cubadisco 2006.
As a session guitarist, Elmer has recorded over 150 CDs including two Latin Grammy nominee albums, several award-winning recordings, and has worked with legendary producers like Mike Clink, Don Was, Blake Mills. Elmer has performed live with world superstar artists like Zucchero, Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Chucho Valdes and Sting. Recent work includes being a recording and touring guitarist with Canadian icon fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles and the Larnell Lewis Band. Elmer’s most recent album “Básico, no Básico y Dirigido” was a 2021 Juno nominee for Jazz Album of the Year - Solo.