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53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Esperanza Spalding

The highlight of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was certainly seeing bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding accepting the award as Best New Artist in a category that included, Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford & Sons.

Spalding is the very first jazz artist to win Best New Artist in Grammy history. The following is a list of the jazz related Grammy Award nominees and winners.

Diana Krall goes it alone at jazz fest concerts


Diana Krall will perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 26, 27 and 28, organizers announced February 9th.

In what the festival is promoting as a world premiere, the singer and pianist will perform all three shows entirely solo. The concerts, which start at 6 p.m., will take place in the relatively intimate Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. The last time Krall appeared at the festival, in 2004, she was at the Bell Centre.

Tickets, which are priced at $77.50, $82.50 and $87.50, go on sale Saturday at noon. Call 514-842-2112 or order online at

Source: The Montreal Gazette



Toronto, Ontario (February 8th, 2011) – JAZZ.FM91 will introduce “Commercial Free Sundays” effective Sunday, February 13th, 2011. “We are delighted that JAZZ.FM91 is able to present an entire day of commercial free jazz programming. This is our way of thanking the loyal donors, volunteers, and partners whose generous support has allowed us to remain a vibrant and thriving not-for-profit Broadcaster and Arts Organization. The entire team at JAZZ.FM91 is extremely grateful for the year-round, dedicated and unwavering support of our donors” said Ross Porter, President and CEO.

Sony Reissues Six Vintage CTI Jazz Titles

ImageIconic jazz label releases albums from Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Deodato, George Benson, Milt Jackson and Paul Desmond.

The iconic record label CTI, noted for its slick cover photography, gatefold albums and 70s sound, recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The label has long since left the control of its founder, Creed Taylor, and is now owned and managed by Sony, who kicked off the anniversary celebration in the fall of 2010 with the release of CTI: The Cool Revolution 4-CD box set and California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium 2-CD set. Now they’re getting down to the business of reissuing all those great albums from the storied catalogue.


The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Takes It Back To Where It All Began

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Takes It Back To Where It All Began

Toronto – The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will kick off its 25th edition this summer at a familiar stomping ground - The Entertainment District - where Metro Square will be the new headquarters for the Mainstage Marquee. Honouring the inaugural season that started with just three locations, 2011 will mark a return to the Festival’s roots for its silver anniversary.

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