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JAZZ.FM91 TO PRESENT DOZENS OF CANADIAN JAZZ GIANTS IN LIVE PERFORMANCE AT CONVOCATION HALL IN TORONTO MAY 12th

(Toronto - April 4, 2005) -- “Jazz Lives” tickets go on public sale today for what Ross Porter, President and CEO of the country’s only not-for-profit radio station describes as a “singularly unique jazz experience “. Organizers of JAZZ.FM91’s most ambitious fund-raising event to date promise that “Jazz Lives” will be a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of many of today’s jazz giants and tomorrow’s most promising superstars, performing individually and together in a tightly packaged entertainment extravaganza at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Thursday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m.

Dozens of leading jazz and blues performers will take to the stage to lend their talents to the star-studded line-up that can only be experienced by those attending it. The concert will not be recorded nor broadcast, so only ticket-holders will have the opportunity to be part of the event which will gather together legends and those well on their way, on a single stage for one performance only.

Ross Porter, who will also act as Executive Producer for “Jazz Lives”, says his inspiration for the fund-raising concept came from the performers themselves. “Ever since I joined the station, I’ve had conversations with jazz musicians whose careers we have consistently supported over the years, with many of them asking us to consider how they can appropriately thank us,” he said. “By so generously donating their time and talents to the ‘Jazz Lives’ undertaking, they are not only tangibly showing us their appreciation, but all of the jazz-lovers in Toronto, too.”

With more names still likely to be added to the stellar list of participants, Porter confirmed in today’s ticket sales kick-off announcement that those already slated to perform represent the “who’s who” on the Canadian jazz scene, including Oliver Jones, Holly Cole, David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, Michael Kaeshammer, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Guido Basso, Alex Pangman, Dave Young, John Alcorn, Jim Galloway, Jane Bunnett, Larry Kramer, David Braid, John Pizzarelli , The Shuffle Demons, Marc Jordan, Heather Bambrick, Hilario Duran, Louis Mario Ochoa, Laila Biali, Liberty Silver, Dione Taylor, Bill McBirnie, Bernie Senensky, Reg Schwager, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, George Koller, Mark Kelso, and Doug Riley.

Tickets are now available at the University of Toronto Box Office, and can be purchased by phone, in person, or on-line at prices of $45, $30, and $20. The box office is located at Hart House, Arbor Room Level, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, and is open for in-person or telephone orders from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone (416) 97UTTIX or (416) 978-8849. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day on secure website uofttix.ca or online at www.jazz.fm

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