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Jazz Fest Picks—July 1

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck

It’s Canada Day, and the TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival marks the occasion at Nathan Phillips Square with a free lunchtime performance by one of the most quintessentially Canadian outfits in the jazz world—Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass (noon). Composed of a number of top-tier Toronto musicians—including the band leader and his distinctive valve trombone, as well as guitarist Ed Bickert—the Brass’s swinging set will no doubt be a crowd-pleaser. Stick around until 3 p.m. as the Shuffle Demons attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest saxophone ensemble; they’ll be performing “O, Canada” with (hopefully) 1,000 other sax maniacs.

And before heading out to see any holiday fireworks, take in the dazzling aural fireworks offered by even more veterans of improvisational music. At the Four Seasons Centre, legendary (89-year-old!) pianist and composer Dave Brubeck show that he can still tinkle the ivories with considerable aplomb (8 p.m.). European jazz gets a showcase at the Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor St. W.), with a performance by Italian post-bop trumpet player Enrico Rava and his frequent foil Stefano Bollani on piano (7 p.m.). And at Harboufront Centre’s Enwave Theatre, insatiable lovers of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz can gorge on the passionate playing of Chucho Valdés (7 & 9:30 p.m.).

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