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Afternoon With Almasy: a Free Concert - Jazz Up Your Spring!

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Saturday May 25th, 2:30pm, FREE Concert
Afternoon with Almasy
At the Tantallon Public Library

As part of our 'Jazz Up Your Spring' free concert series!

About Almasy:
After growing a reputation as the frontperson and songwriter of the Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble and rhythm guitarist for Donald MacLennan’s Jazz Manouche project, Michael Dalton is setting out on his own with his new project Almasy. Blending many diverse interests, intricate guitar, powerful melody and tender detail are the pillars of his work.

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2:00 PM14:00

Standard Time Trio: a Free Mother's Day Concert - Jazz Up Your Spring!

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Sunday May 12th 2pm, FREE Concert
Mother's Day Concert with The Standard Time Trio
Paul O'Reagan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Halifax Jazz Festival is proud to present our 3rd annual FREE Mother's Day Concert featuring: Standard Time Trio. A great way for the whole family to celebrate Mothers Day!

A jazz trio offering warm, soft and mellow jazz standards, The Standard Time Trio will warm your musical hearts with a number of great tunes from the Great American Songbook and holiday songs.
The Standard Trio consists of Georges Hebert who has been entertaining audiences since the 1960s. He toured with Anne Murray for more than 30 years, playing legendary music halls throughout the world including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Vocalist Irene Wilkinson has worked, for much of her life, in fine and performing arts, as a graphic artist, musician, singer, songwriter, radio producer, dance teacher, artistic and technical director, scriptwriter & choreographer.
Bassist Jamie Gatti has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical, to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 35 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe.

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8:00 PM20:00

New Sounds: a Free Concert - Jazz Up Your Spring!

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Friday May 10th, 8pm, FREE CONCERT
NEW SOUNDS: with Andre Fenton / Sam Wilson Duo + Electro Jacque Therapy
At The Khyber Centre for the Arts - 1880 Hollis St. Halifax NS

Join us for a night of NEW SOUNDS with two exciting acts!
First up is the duo of poet and author Andre Fenton partnering with guitarist and composer Sam Wilson. This will be a spontaneous collaboration of music and word, combining for an exciting new form.

Andre Fenton is an award winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He is an author of two books. Ode to Teen Angst and his new YA novel, Worthy of Love which was published by Formac. He is based in the Halifax area

Sam Wilson: Described as laid back and melodic, Sam’s style is influenced by jazz, as well as folk, progressive rock, and finger-style guitar. After releasing her first solo, experimental, electric guitar EP Into a Heart in 2017, Sam is ready to unveil her first full-length album, Groundless Apprehensions. A self-described “sonic memoir”, Sam has created compositions that reflect on the past and process it through music.

Electro Jacque Therapy: Jacques Mindreau Music makes music for the soul and the human spirit. His new solo project, Electro Jacques Therapy, uses violin and lyrical voice to combine new sounds that seem otherworldly into vocal and string orchestrations. Jacques has performed and toured with countless musicians all over Canada and the world. He also composes music for film, dance, and now theatre including the feature documentary “Modified” a story about the impact of GMOs on society and the critically acclaimed play, “One Discordant Violin”, an adaptation of a Yann Martel story directed by Ann Marie Kerr and Anthony Black. Jacques is the co-founder of the bands Krasnogorsk, Beautiful Wild Animals and OQO. He currently lives in Cape Breton where he co-hosts the annual Margaree Harvest Festival in October

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4:00 PM16:00

Andrew Miller Trio ft. Tom Easley & Geordie Haley - Jazz Appreciation Month


Saturday April 27th **Please note time change: concert will now take place at 4pm
The Cottage Cafe, 300 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth

Join us for an early performance with one of the newest additions to the Maritime Jazz scene, drummer Andrew Miller, as he performs with his trio at one of Dartmouth’s newest spots, The Cottage Cafe!

Andrew graduated from The University of Toronto in 2016 and worked as one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Toronto. He is a recipient of the TD Stingray Rising Star Award, a two time recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship, and a recipient of the Buddy DeFranco Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award.

Since 2015, Andrew has been leading two of his own ensembles, Congruence, and Lewis/Downing/Vrankulj/Miller. Most recently, he has been working in a collective called the JMB trio in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

As a side man, Andrew has played with: Port Cities, Michael Formanek, David Liebman, Norma Winstone, David Braid, Andrew Downing's Otterville, Mike Murley, Jim Vivian, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Phil Nimmons, PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, Dillon Ponders, Terrell Morris, Ghettosocks, Upstream Music Association, Halifax Dance, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, among many others.

Andrew has a busy private studio in Bedford, Nova Scotia and presents school clinics around the maritimes.  

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Bill Stevenson - Jazz Appreciation Month


Saturday April 20th, 2019, 2-3pm
Northwood Harbourview Lounge, 2615 Northwood Terrace

In partnership with Northwood Community Recreation and Wellness, Halifax Jazz Festival presents  pianist Bill Stevenson at Northwood Harbourview Lounge. In over forty years as a musician Bill has recorded for Elektra records while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John Lee Hooker, put performing and recording bands behind some of Canada’s best loved musicians including Amos Garrett, Colleen Peterson and Linda Carvery. He has hosted his own National radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to multi award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift ,Hot Toddy, andhis own win with a 2008 ECMA for best Jazz Album. His participation in the Jazz/Blues idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music spectrum.

Bill will be performing a set of jazz and blues standards that will surely get your feet tapping!
All ages and open to all.

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7:00 PM19:00

New Music in New Spaces: Laura AT LARA - Jazz Appreciation Month


Saturday April 13th, 2019, 7pm - 8pm
Lara Cafe, 2347 Agricola Street Halifax

Join us for performance from up-and-coming singer/guitarist Laura Gallant. Laura is has emerged as one of the city’s unique new voices in both jazz and pop realms. A graduate of the NSCC Music Arts program, she can be heard as the voice of jazz-fusion group Superfluid, as well as penning intricate, yet catchy music with her own project Lazeez, who performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival in 2017. Laura will be performing a solo set of music at the recently opened Lara Cafe, the perfect intimate setting for her personal takes on jazz, pop and original music.

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Michael Formanek - Workshop and Concert


Upstream Music Association and Halifax Jazz Festival are proud to present internationally acclaimed bassist Michael Formanek for a rare performance and workshop of exploratory music!

Friday March 8th, at Art Bar +Projects (1873 Granville St. Halifax)

Workshop 4pm // open to all! // $15 or $10 students // tickets available at the door.

Concert 8pm // with Geordie Haley (Guitar,) Andrew Miller (Drums) // $20 or $15 students // tickets available at the door or online.

Both - $30 or $20 students

About Michael Formanek:
One marker of bassist Michael Formanek's creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he's worked with. While still a teenager in the 1970s he toured with drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Joe Henderson; starting in the '80s he played long stints with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard. (As a callback to those days, Formanek recorded with hardbop pianist Freddie Redd in 2013). The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York's creative jazz scene going back to the '90s when he notably led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne's barnstorming quartet Bloodcount. Nowadays Formanek's in the co-op Thumbscrew with Brooklyn guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.
Formanek is also a composer and leader of various bands. His principal recording and international touring vehicle is his acclaimed quartet with Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums, which records for ECM; 2010's The Rub and Spare Change and 2012's Small Places both earned coveted five-star raves in Down Beat. Formanek writes, and the quartet plays, compositions of great rhythmic sophistication that unfold in a natural sounding way – challenging music the players make sound like lyrical free expression. His occasional groups include the 18-piece all-star Ensemble Kolossus, roping in many New York improvisers he works with. Ensemble Kolossus recorded their first CD of all Formanek originals for the prestigious ECM label in December of 2014. The CD, The Distance was released in February 2016 and in addition to numerous other accolades also received a five- star review in Downbeat!
Formanek's other recordings as leader include Wide Open Spaces and Extended Animation for quintet and Low Profile and Nature of the Beast for seven players (all on Enja), and the solo album Am I Bothering You? (Screwgun). Mirage (Clean Feed) is by the occasional improvising trio of Formanek, tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn. Thumbscrew's 2014 debut is on Cuneiform Records. Michael Formanek has also made dozens of recordings as sideman, for among others Dave Ballou, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Burrell, Harold Danko, Marty Ehrlich, Tomas Fujiwara, and Jack Walrath.
As composer of works for ensembles from duo to mixed jazz and classical orchestra, Michael Formanek has received institutional support from Chamber Music America, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Peabody Conservatory, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As an educator, Formanek continues to teach bass, composition, and improvisation in a wide range of locations in the US as well as internationally.

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Jah'Mila w/ guitarist Adrian Dunn - Sunday Feb 24 at 1pm at Alter Egos Cafe (2193 Gottingen St, Halifax)

FREE, open to all ages.

Closing out the TD Halifax Jazz Festival February Jazz Labs African Heritage Month shows is Jah’Mila with guitarist Adrian Dunn. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, but now calling Halifax home, Jah’Mila is wrapped in the very roots of the Jamaican Reggae family tree. She is a sure musical prodigy in the making, with infectious music that is lyrically creative, tastefully arranged, masterfully delivered and positively inspiring.

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Chudi Harris  with guests - Thursday, Feb 14, 7:30pm at Halifax North Public Library (2285 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS) as part of TD Halifax Jazz Festival Jazz Labs celebration of African Heritage Month. 

FREE event, open to all ages.

'Contemporary Blues' captures the genre bend of artist-producer Chudi Harris - from synth laced R&B, to alternative, to soulful and bluesy rock. With three records and five single releases to his name,  Harris has taken his distinct sound and unique live performance experience around Atlantic and Central Canada. Highlights of his young career include opening for Rich Aucoin, Born Ruffians, Weaves and Lowell, feature performances and publicity from Exclaim! Magazine, CBC, CTV, Red Bull Radio, The Chronicle Herald and The Coast.

This will be the 3rd Annual African Heritage Month concert Halifax Jazz Festival has presented at the Halifax North Public Library. Halifax North Memorial Library is a space of historical importance within the African Nova Scotian community, acting as a cultural hub for the North End Community, housing a unique collection of Black literature as well as the sculpture “The North Is Freedom” which features Gottingen St oral history engraved as poetry, recipes, and memories watched over by rooftop figures cast from local youth.

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African Drumming with Dr. Henry Bishop - Saturday, Feb 2, 11:30am at Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, NS)

FREE, open to all ages.

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival celebration of African Heritage Month begins with African Drumming Jazz Labs as Dr. Henry Bishop performs Saturday, February 2nd  at the Alderney Gate Public Library. Learn rhythms and grooves with Artist, Musician, Educator, and Humanitarian, Dr. Henry Bishop. Since 2015, Dr. Bishop has lead a unique African Drumming youth program at West Hants Middle School. Perfect for children, this fun-filled workshop is designed so that everyone will learn to play percussion instruments together.

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