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Paul Bley and Pat LaBarbera to Receive Canadian Jazz Master Awards

Awards to be presented as part of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Festival in Toronto on April 22

Paul Bley
Paul Bley

The Oscar Peterson Jazz Festival, produced by the pianist’s widow Kelly Peterson, returns to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada on April 22-23. The reunion of Joshua Redman’s band from his 1994 album Moodswing—featuring the saxophonist with Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau, and Brian Blade—kicks off the weekend with a concert at Koerner Hall on Friday night. That show is part of a short tour for the group, which begins with two nights in New York City—at the Blue Note on April 18 and Town Hall on April 19—followed by concerts at Symphony Center in Chicago (Apr. 20), Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor (Apr. 21), the Canadian date, and Symphony Hall in Boston (Apr. 24).

On Saturday, April 23 in Temerty Hall, the festival continues with the 2022 Canadian Jazz Master award presentation. Awards will be given to saxophonist Pat LaBarbera and the late pianist Paul Bley (who died in 2016), in a ceremony that also includes performances by musicians who have worked with LaBarbera, now 78, over the years. Later that night, the Makoto Ozone Trio and vocalist Youn Sun Nah (accompanied by guitarist Ulf Wakenius) will perform at a concert in Koerner Hall. Learn more about the two-day event here.