Smooth grooves at this year's jazz festival


Vancouver's signature festival -- the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival--celebrates its 27th edition from June 22 - July 1, 2012. Featuring some of the best jazz singers and musicians from around the world. Here's just a taste of who to expect at this year's festival.  For a full list of shows and performers, visit!

Janelle Monáe - Tuxedo-clad R&B/soul sensation and Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe's powerful vocals and infectious, joyful dance moves are a vibrant force for good...and good times! A potent musical talent and larger-than-life presence, Monáe carries the torch of great artist/entertainers like Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews blew the roof off last year's Festival, and he's back to do it again! One of the hottest musicians on the planet, the 26-year old New Orleans singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has toured the world, drawing rave reviews for his blistering, high-energy shows.

An evening with George Benson - 10-time Grammy award winning superstar George Benson is both a matchless jazz guitar legend and an extraordinary vocalist with a lush soulful tenor that draws comparisons to Nat King Cole.


CBC Radio Hot Air's 65th Anniversary Concert - June 22, 5:30 PM


This event is a representation of Hot Air through the ages. Not so much a decade by decade review, the tunes will shine a light on jazz styles and musicians featured over time on Hot Air.  The selected musicians led by multi-instrumentalist, Ross Taggart. This show will be a must-see jazz fest event. RSVP for seats at

Chris Tarry Group - June 23, 5:30 PM

BC native Chris Tarry brings his New York and Toronto based ensemble to Vancouver for a very special show. The band will play from their 2012 Juno award winning CD, "Rest of the Story". Audience for this show will be welcomed on a first come first served basis.


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