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Canada's Most Significant Jazz Musicians...

As Canadians, we have always been blessed with incredible music makers.

In particular our strong and vibrant history with jazz is rich with names like Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Peter Appleyard, Maynard Ferguson and Rob McConnell.  Our influences have not only been from America and Europe, but it also lives within the spirit of this country’s robust immigration story.

Today, Diana Krall, Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis, BADBADNOTGOOD and Darcy James Argue are grabbing attention and awards worldwide and the local jazz scene continues to thrive, inspire and mark time with a music that is our own.  Jazz lives and breathes in Canada.

For the last few months, we asked for your help in determining who Canada’s Most Significant Jazz Musicians are with a poll on our website.  This morning, we’ll begin playing back, in no particular order, one of the top 25 every weekday on both Good Morning Toronto and Afternoon Drive.  Then on July 1st, Canada Day, we’ll play back all 25 at once on a special edition of Music to Listen to Jazz By with Ross Porter, Brad Barker and Dani Elwell.

At JAZZ.FM91, we’re proud to play a part in all of it, from supporting the best in Canadian Jazz in our concerts, on our airwaves, with our music education and community outreach and by justing being it’s number one fan.  We don’t play Canadian music because we have to, we play it because we love to and it’s an intrinsic part of who we are.

Happy 150th Canada!

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