The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)


Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


Jillian McKenna is a bassist, composer, and arranger from Hamilton, Ontario. Her music is rooted in jazz, blending aspects of world music and folk music together in such a way that is unlike anything else, and yet somehow feels so familiar. After spending her early 20s in New York City, she returned home and created The Jillian McKenna Project with one of Canada's top pianists, Adrean Farrugia, and the young Toronto drummer Mackenzie Read. Known throughout Southern Ontario, this intergenerational trio is blurring genres and stretching what is possible in a standard jazz formation attracting listeners of all types.

We're excited to present this creative, engaging group for the first time at JazzFest.