Just in case anyone in the vicinity of Toronto does NOT know: January 9 marks the beginning of the annual International Association of Jazz Education conference, which moves back to Toronto this year after several years' absence.
Even if you are not in the business and willing to part with the (hefty) registration fee, IAJE brings a wealth of jazz events to town. Look for bigger-than-usual names from New York City and further afield guesting or sitting in at venues around town, and for venues that don't always present jazz to be jazzing full blast.
For those not near Toronto, I'll be trying to blog at semi-regular intervals — WiFi connections permitting.
And if you are at the conference, and spot me among the thousands of delegates, be sure to say hi.