SINCE 1955


The Toronto Jazz Society, formerly, The Metro Jazz Society, is Canada’s oldest, ongoing Jazz Society

The TJS enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1955 by dedicated jazz aficionados, it is the oldest continuous operating jazz society in Canada.

For over 55 years, the all-volunteer society has never wavered from its goals to excite, educate and engage current and prospective members with the sounds and vibrant rhythms of the only indigenous American music – JAZZ.

The TJS promotes and honours the legacy of jazz and ensure its future by fostering in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for jazz in all its many forms and by nurturing the emerging jazz musicians of tomorrow.

Most of all, the Toronto Jazz Society offers a chance to share your love of JAZZ with others: people with uncommon backgrounds – but with one common interest – fostering JAZZ’s continued growth, while revelling in its glorious past; ensuring together that its future will be bright with the promise of new energy.

From rising stars to senior statesmen, from classic to contemporary – the Toronto Jazz Society has swung, bopped and grooved along for five decades. Come and enjoy one of our monthly meetings.

Jazz is a musical tradition and style of music that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. From its early development until the present, jazz has incorporated music from 19th and 20th century American popular music.[1] Its West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.[2]

The word “jazz” (in early years also spelled “jass”) began as a West Coast slang term and was first used to refer to music in Chicago at about 1915.

From its beginnings in the early 20th century jazz has spawned a variety of subgenres: New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910s, big band-style swing from the 1930s and 1940s, bebop from the mid-1940s, a variety of Latin jazz fusions such as Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz, free jazz from the 1950s and 1960s, jazz fusionacid jazz from the 1980s (which added funk and hip-hop influences), and Nujazz in the 1990s. As the music has spread around the world it has drawn on local, national, and regional musical cultures, its aesthetics being adapted to its varied environments and giving rise to many distinctive styles.

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)