TD Toronto Jazz Fest – My Experiences Day 4: Michael Occhipinti

I was excited to be in town for this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. It turns out, so were the other groups I am involved in, and it seems every rehearsal possible has been crammed over these 10 blissful days of jazz. Fortunately, I found a way to get away to a few choice performances over the last few days, and it’s not over yet!

First show:

Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project

Very good show. I’ve seen the group before, in another setting. I came back for more.

The concept of the show seems to be to bring Sicilian folk and jazz together to create a special sound. It works. Occhipinti’s arrangements are always a little different than anything I’ve heard before, a little unexpected. The song vibes got more rock-influenced as the program rounded out. Their new singer for the evening, Dia, with her powerful voice and stunning beauty was a fantastic addition to the team including Mr. Dominic Mancuso on vocals.

This concert was well-attended and extremely well-received. The final number had us singing along with the band, in a very cool, interactive way. I won’t give away what happened, you’ll just have to be there next time to see what all the fuss is about. Super good stuff.