Toronto Jazz Fest has tasty Cuban bits…

One of the most successful integrators of hot jazz and smoking Cuban rumba is an American who made his career in Cuba.  Born in Oakland, California, guitarist Pablo “Mezcla” Menéndez is the son of blues and jazz singer Barbara Dane.  He is now accepted as one of Cuba’s own… Mezcla  plays regularly at the Cuban jazz meca, the club called  La Zorra y el Cuervo in Havana.
July 2 6 pm  in the Distillery District Main Stage FREE

Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo is behind this show, “Havana to Toronto Safari“.  He learned the art from the masters in his native Cuba.  He’s famous around town for his Cuban percussion workshops, his regular courses at Soul Drums, and being regularly asked to participate in Cuban bands around town.
at Dominion on Queen
June 24 9pm

The Shops at Don Mills presents Cimarrón – Luis Mario Ochoa’s big bad Cuban dance band.
July 3 12:30 pm

and Non-Cuban but guaranteed great:

Eliane Elias is one of the prime Brazilian jazz pianists of these days.  Her  emotional style is completely permeated by the steamy feel of Brazil and its music, especially samba.  She was the lead performer opening the famous movie “Calle 54”.
Jun 29 7pm
Eliane Elias at Enwave Theatre
Jordan John is a young Torontonian who recreates the golden age of blues/R&B/rock, he could be cast in a movie as the classic crooner of the bygone golden age.  After this show, he gets to say “opened for Aretha Franklin“, and no-one deserves a closer look more than Jordan !
Friday June 24 8:30   Metro Center
Aretha Franklin with opening by Jordan John

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