Sammy Jackson in Concert
Sammy Jackson and her 5-piece band will present a free one-hour concert in the Martin Family Lounge on Thursday, April 6.
The music for this performance is funded by the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund in cooperation with Local 149, Toronto, Canadian Federation of Musicians.
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Martin Family Lounge
Jackson’s JUNO-Award winning EP With You – released in 2020 – was a collaborative effort, and co-writing with fellow Toronto-based vocalist Jacqueline Teh was a formative part of the compositional process. Jackson’s initial goal was, simply, to sound more like herself, both musically and lyrically; as the recording process unfolded, she realized that seemingly disparate pieces were really part of a larger narrative, a story about her life that she was writing in song. Working with inspiring band members (including Teh, guitarist Tom Fleming, pianist Chris Pruden, bassist Mark Godfrey, and drummer Ian Wright) allowed Jackson to bring in relatively simple lead sheets, and to work with the band to craft exciting arrangements. The mutual respect, admiration, and trust that Jackson shares with her bandmates paid off; With You is a sophisticated, intelligent, heartfelt portrait of a musician coming into her artistic prime, surrounded by collaborators who share her vision.
Today – with a resumé that boasts a JUNO Award, collaborations with top artists such as Barbra Lica, Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Larnell Lewis, and performances at some of Canada’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Glenn Gould Studio, Koerner Hall, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Westben – Jackson’s career is flourishing, with new projects and new releases on the horizon. Through it all, Jackson has stayed true to her love for music, and in doing so has created a uniquely compelling style all her own, which continues to captivate audiences in concert halls, on the radio, and on streaming services worldwide.