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.
From Christian McBride to Geoffrey Keezer, Gregory Porter to Esperanza Spalding, to some of today's biggest local names, the Festival has always taken pride in presenting musicians who have gone on to make a major impact on the international jazz scene, but who were early in their careers when they first played the Festival. We even introduced a young Harry Connick Jr. to Toronto in 1989! Jesse Ryan continues this tradition – winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist award in 2020, he released his debut album the same year and has already made a substantial mark on the Toronto scene with his unique blend of jazz and Caribbean musical traditions.
Trinidadian-born saxophonist and composer Jesse Ryan has been praised as a fresh new voice, with a unique perspective on the music of today. His "Bridges" project is an emerging, eclectic quintet that bridges both the jazz and Afro-Caribbean traditions - a true celebration of the cultural, rhythmic and expressive connections between North America and the islands.
Jesse was the 2020 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award - an award that puts a spotlight on emerging jazz musicians with a keen sense of the grand tradition behind jazz music, while putting their own stamp on the genre and the Toronto music scene with their unique style and approach.
As an arranger/producer he has worked with a variety of jazz, gospel and world music artists. With ambitious compositions and his enchanting sound, he is set to take Caribbean Jazz out of its niche of ethnic fusion, and into the mainstream.