JAM - DANNY MARTIN GROUP
Apr
21
2:30 PM14:30

JAM - DANNY MARTIN GROUP

Halifax Jazz Festival and Halifax Public Libraries celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April with free TD Jazz Labs shows. TD Jazz Labs are a series of interactive performances that are programmed for the entire family to explore different movements in jazz.

Sat, Apr 21, Danny Martin Group 2:30pm at Keshen Goodman Public Library (330 Lacewood Dr.) Halifax

Danny Martin is one of the Maritimes’ premiere trombonists. With his distinct fiery and imaginative sound, Danny has been one of the Maritimes first call musicians and a staple of the Halifax jazz scene. Danny has led local group Salsa Picante as well can be found playing in a multitude of groups including Rasta Gumbo, Booty Boppin’ Brass Band, The Halifax Trombone Summit, The Mingus Tribute, and many more. Join Danny and his group for an afternoon of his his original takes on jazz standards and other classic tunes.

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JAM - BIANCA PALMER
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

JAM - BIANCA PALMER

Halifax Jazz Festival and Halifax Public Libraries celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April with free TD Jazz Labs shows. TD Jazz Labs are a series of interactive performances that are programmed for the entire family to explore different movements in jazz.

Fri, Apr 27, Bianca Palmer 8pm at Cafe Cempoal (2374 Agricola Street) Halifax

Bianca Palmer performs Friday April 27th, 2018 at Cafe Cempoal (2374 Agricola Street, Halifax) at 8pm. Bianca will be stepping out into the spotlight with a solo performance of experimental sounds at one of Halifax’s coolest cafes!

Bianca Palmer is a local on demand drummer and recording artist. Emerged from a vibrant all ages scene in Halifax; she’s worked with the likes of Mo Kenney, Vulva Culture, The Everywheres, Kurt Inder, Luka, and Budi and has travelled across the country with her projects. Her genre-crossing drumming is continuously tasteful, dynamic and always soulful.

Bianca has sought out her own self-directed education in music through playing in countless bands, acquiring mentorships and attending workshops. She has recently discovered the empowerment of improvised music thanks to Jerry Granelli’s CMW program, and uses this practice in her compositions. She is passionate about bringing music making to people young and old and currently teaches drums in Chester for a free all ages music program, Musical Friends.

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JAM - ZOE LEGER
Apr
14
2:30 PM14:30

JAM - ZOE LEGER

Halifax Jazz Festival and Halifax Public Libraries celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April with free TD Jazz Labs shows. TD Jazz Labs are a series of interactive performances that are programmed for the entire family to explore different movements in jazz. 

TD Jazz Labs - 2018 Jazz Appreciation Month Schedule:
Sat, April 14, Zoe Leger 2:30pm at Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr), Dartmouth

Jazz Appreciation Month TD Jazz Labs shows kick off Saturday, April 14th, with Zoe Leger at Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr.) at 2:30pm in Dartmouth. Zoe will be performing a mixture of her original material and classics, joined by bassist Willem Paynter.

Zoe grew up immersed in the vibrant musical scene in the Halifax area and being exposed as a young singer to both classical and choral music. She discovered jazz as a teenager and decided to pursue her studies in the jazz program at St. Francis Xavier University. Already an accomplished arranger of jazz standards for vocals and piano, Zoe discovered her compositional voice during her undergraduate years at St. F.X.

Inspired by modern European jazz artists, Zoe committed herself to songwriting by taking a Masters degree in jazz composition at the Birmingham (UK) Conservatoire, specializing in music for vocal ensembles, jazz orchestras and chamber ensembles. While in the UK, she was able to study with the late jazz great John Taylor and other top European artists.

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Kirk MacDonald & Harold Mabern Duo
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Kirk MacDonald & Harold Mabern Duo

The Halifax Jazz Festival presents the Kirk MacDonald & Harold Mabern Duo, performing jazz standards and originals. 

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Advance tickets are $25.00, $15.00 for students, and are on sale now. Show starts at 8pm, open to all ages. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church (1749 Argyle St).

Together, Kirk and Harold have played several shows as a duo throughout Canada, with performances mainly emphasizing standard jazz repertoire. Mabern is known for his vast knowledge of repertoire and their duo programs include works by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Victor Young, Harry Warren, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker along with many other influential composers. Their music also includes originals by Mabern and MacDonald.

Kirk MacDonald is a JUNO award winning saxophonist, composer and educator, and HJF welcomes him back to Halifax. Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 25 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. JUNO Award winning Vista Obscura was released in 2014 and features jazz legend Harold Mabern and special guest saxophonist Pat LaBarbera. Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs, including Halifax Jazz Festivals Creative Music Workshop, The University of Toronto and at McGill. Kirk is presently a full-time professor at Humber College in Toronto. 

Born in Memphis, TN, Harold Mabern is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist. He is described in The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as "one of the great post-bop pianists." He has performed with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, George Coleman, along with performances and recordings with innumerable other musicians, both as a band leader and sideman. In more recent years, he has toured and recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. In 2010, Mabern received the Don Redman Heritage Award.

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JAZZ//LYRICISM//IMPROV - African Heritage Month Free Jazz Lab!
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

JAZZ//LYRICISM//IMPROV - African Heritage Month Free Jazz Lab!

JAZZ//LYRICISM//IMPROV a Free Jazz Lab at The Bridge Collaborative Space!

On February 24th, 2018 from 2 to 4pm, The TD Halifax Jazz Festival & Youth Art Connection present JAZZ//LYRICISM//IMPROV Jazz Lab at The Bridge Collaborative Space: 5553 Bloomfield St, Halifax. Open to youth 15-25.

This afternoon workshop, targets youth who are interested in hip-hop, spoken-word and other forms of open lyricism. The goal of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the concept of playing with live instrumentation. Many youth have not had the opportunity to work with a group instrumentalists, instead using pre-produced tracks (an amazing format itself). There is huge amount of interaction and creative freedom that can come from playing with live musicians! The first half of the program will have musician Owen Lee and Shawn Downey working with experienced hip hop and spoken-word youth art from Youth Art Connection going through the building blocks of live performance, while the second hour will be open to workshop attendees to try out their own material with a live band!

Jazz Labs are FREE and for the entire family, offering a behind the scenes look at making music that includes artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts. Jazz Labs are part of  Halifax Jazz Festival’s Music Education Program. Beyond sharing the relevance of jazz in today’s world, the Jazz Festival provides opportunities for artistic development and music education. Halifax Jazz Festival’s music education mission includes Jazz Labs, the Creative Music Workshop and Splash! Bang! Boom! on Theodore Tugboat.

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Chasing Trane - African Heritage Month Free Screening!
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Chasing Trane - African Heritage Month Free Screening!

Free Chasing Trane Screening at Halifax Central Library! 

Halifax Jazz Festival Jazz Labs will present a screening of the documentary film, Chasing Trane, Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 2pm, at the Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, B3J 1E9.

Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

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JR Smith Quartet - African Heritage Month Free Concert!
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

JR Smith Quartet - African Heritage Month Free Concert!

JR Smith Quartet live at the Halifax North Memorial Library

Join us for a FREE concert kicking off African Heritage Month, with incredible drummer JR SMITH, co-presented by Halifax Jazz Festival and Halifax Public Libraries, 7pm at Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, B3K 3B7.

Rising from the deep African-Nova Scotian tradition of musical excellence, JR Smith hails from the historic community of North Preston. He is a drummer, composer/multi-instrumentalist who attracts instant attention. The ease in which he plays, coupled with his shy demeanor, belies his youth and disguises his dangerously smooth arsenal of creativity.

Smith has opened for Aretha Franklin, Anderson .Paak, Robert Glasper, Alex Cuba, and Lisa Fischer -- meeting audience expectations with performances full of genuine emotion and technical fluency.
JR will be joined by Silvio Pupo- Keys, Matt Maclennan- Bass, Luke Arsenault- Guitar
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