Halifax Jazz Festival is offering more music and fun this year as it kicks off its annual holiday fundraiser this season with “Swing Into The Holidays,” for the evening entertainment, along with perennial family favourite, “Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring Jerry Granelli, for the matinee show. Both shows are all ages and part of Halifax Jazz Festival's 16th annual fundraiser for music education and will be presented December 9, 2018 at the Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School, Halifax.

Please note that tickets for Tales Of A Charlie Brown Christmas are now sold out.
Tickets for Swing Into The Holidays are still available!


Join us Sunday December 9th, 7pm at Spatz Theatre for Swing Into The Holidays a special swing-inspired holiday concert produced by Artie Irwin!

Tickets are $45 (all taxes and fees included)

Proceeds go toward our fundraiser for music education.

Halifax Jazz Festival is proud to present Swing Into The Holidays after a wildly popular debut last year in 2017. Produced by acclaimed jazz percussionist, Artie Irwin, and proudly supported by John Riley, Swing Into The Holidays is an exciting lineup of seasonal music from an eclectic array of bands including, NEW this year, Halifax Klezmer sensation, Der Heisser. Along with area favourites, The Tuesday Night Band, Kitty & the Katz, George Hebert & Standard Time, and The Back Alley Big Band, ft. Doris Mason. Irwin brings decades of experience as a jazz drummer as well as many years producing shows for television and radio, dance bands, and a wide variety of musical productions to the Spatz Theatre stage.

Preview the Swing Into The Holidays lineup below!

Der Heisser, Yiddish for “the Hot One,” makes an awesome addition to this year’s show performing Jewish klezmer music with that unmistakable Eastern European sound of Romania, Hungary, Russia, and Roma. Klezmer is instantly likeable music, hauntingly familiar even as as it takes the listener on a journey into unknown places.

For a quarter of a century, The Tuesday Night Band has been a mainstay of the Halifax Jazz scene, proving over and over again that big band music is alive and thriving. A mix of professionals and talented amateurs who rehearse every Tuesday night, year round, Bob Bauer will conduct the band in a set of music sure to put everyone in a holiday spirit.

Kitty and the Katz were nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award for their signature brand of swingy, bluesy jazz.  They are well-known to Halifax audiences, having performed at Halifax Jazz Festival, recorded a live album at the Music Room, and won Bronze in The Coast's Jazz Group category. If you’ve seen their show, you love them, if not, get ready to be enchanted by Kitty and the Katz.

Georges Hebert 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, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall, The London Palladium, and Victoria Palace in London, as well as Centennial Hall in Monte Carlo. Georges will be leading the Standard Time trio.


For swing music that gets the audience on its feet, no one beats Halifax’s own Back Alley Big Band. The 19-piece Back Alley Big Band will be joined by Doris Mason. Doris is a well-known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!,” and has starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.


Tickets are now SOLD OUT for Tales Of A Charlie Brown Christmas, thank you for supporting our fundraiser for music education!

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Join us Sunday December 9th, 2pm at Spatz Theatre for Tales Of A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by The Jerry Granelli Trio with The Sacred Heart Children’s Choir!

Tickets are $45 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under (all taxes and fees included)


Halifax Jazz Festival presents “Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring jazz legend Jerry Granelli, and the Jerry Granelli Trio. Experience this beloved music with the musician who was a part of its inception! Esteemed jazz percussionist Jerry Granelli was a member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio when the band scored and performed the original recording of A Charlie Brown Christmas more than a half century ago. The soundtrack featured the Guaraldi Trio's cutting edge contemporary jazz, which was unusual at the time for children's programming. Since the television special's debut in 1965, the music has gone on to become an iconic soundtrack for the holiday season.

Granelli is no stranger to the Halifax Jazz Festival audiences, and is one of three parts of the Jerry Granelli Trio, which also includes Calgary's Simon Fisk on bass, and Vancouver's Chris Gestrin on piano. For this special performance, the Jerry Granelli Trio is joined by Sacred Heart Children’s Choir.

Insight Optometry & Spot Eyewear extends a warm welcome to families to share in the festivities and as in years past, milk, cookies and children's activities will be offered before the show!