City of Culture featuring the Terry Clarke Quartet

Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 7:00pm
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With the City of Culture initiative, Toronto Downtown Jazz celebrates Toronto as a cultural destination generally, and a must-see destination for jazz lovers in particular. This series of eight concerts, each featuring a different artist in a different venue, performing an outstanding cross-section of jazz and jazz-related music, highlights some of the incredible musicians whose talent is on display here in Toronto every day throughout the year – and on our stages at the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022.

Terry Clarke is a legendary drummer and acclaimed educator. He has recorded on more than 300 albums, has performed with the top musicians in Canada and the United States, and has appeared at jazz festivals around the world. He is a JUNO Award winner, a Grammy Award nominee, and a Member of the Order of Canada. Recorded at The Pilot Tavern which, for more than 75 years, has called Yorkville home. In the 1960s, Yorkville was like no other place in Toronto - a place for legendary folk musicians to gather in iconic music venues. Today Yorkville is a family-friendly destination for food, fashion, and music - the neighbourhood has been home to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival since 2017.

The City of Culture initiative has been made possible by the generous support of Reconnect Ontario, from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. We’re grateful for the continued support of our title sponsor, TD, and we’d like to thank our media partners JAZZ.FM91 and The Toronto Star.

Click here for the complete list of City of Culture concerts and mini-documentaries.

Terry Clarke Quartet
Terry Clarke - drums
Lorne Lofsky - guitar
Adrean Farrugia - piano
Michael Herring - bass

Join neighbourhood ambassador Daniel Fiorio for a tour of the sounds, tastes and styles of Yorkville.

Noted Canadian jazz drummer, Terry Clarke, moved to San Francisco in 1965 to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III, and performed on the cutting-edge recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival. Following that, Clarke joined the, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. He left “The Fifth” in 1970, and re-located to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an
abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with the late jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and the late piano great, Oscar Peterson.

Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Red Mitchell, Jim Hall and Roger Kellaway.
Terry continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians, and is also an adjunct music professor at the University of Toronto. Terry Clarke is also a Member of the Order of Canada, and his recording, It’s About Time was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards.