Halifax Jazz Festival and Halifax Public Libraries celebrate spring with Jazz Up Your Spring, a series of free JazzLabs taking place  in area libraries throughout the month of April, 2016. JazzLabs offer a behind the scenes look at making music and include concerts, artist talks, and opportunities for audience interaction.

This year, Jazz Up Your Spring presents an eclectic line-up, kicking off Sunday, April 3, with guitarist/composer Amy Brandon at Sackville Public Library for Exploring Composition and Improvisation.  Ariana Nasr is joined by Andy Flinn on percussion at the Keshen Goodman Library for classic songs from around the world, Saturday April 9. The music continues Saturday April 16 with “Honey Bee of Soul,” Cyndi Cain’s acoustic performance at Cole Harbour Library. Rounding out the
series is 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Award Rising Stars, Ced,
Marty & Dave with a performance at the Woodlawn Public Library on
Wednesday April 27.

All Jazz Up Your Spring presentations are free and suitable for listeners of all ages. 



Amy Brandon: Exploring Composition and Improvisation
Sunday April 3, 2016 @ 2:00pm, Sackville Public Library

Guitarist Amy Brandon's solo compositions and improvised pieces draw from the worlds of jazz, classical and electro-acoustic music. Sculptural and evocative, her music explores the contrast between the carefully composed and the freely improvised. Currently an MA student in composition at the University of Ottawa, she also writes and presents academic work concerning improvisation and guitar pedagogy. Join Amy in looking at the familiar idea of the 'spectrum' of composition/improvisation from an academic as well as artistic viewpoint.


Ariana Nasr
Saturday April 9, 2016 @ 2:30pm, Keshen Goodman Library

Ariana Nasr sings classics from around the world: from Italy and France to Mexico and Macedonia; from Piaf to Pavarotti!  She will be joined by her partenaire extraordinaire Andy Flinn on percussion.


Cyndi Cain
Saturday April 16, 2016 @ 2pm, Cole Harbour Library

Cyndi Cain is the East Coast’s most recognizable figure in original soul music. Her powerful voice, unforgettable stage charisma, and timeless compositions have made her a star in Nova Scotia’s vibrant music scene. Cyndi draws musical roots from her early childhood, singing gospel music in church. Her music evokes the classic soul and r&b sounds of Sharon Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Bettye LaVette. Don’t miss this special chance to hear the “Honey Bee of Soul” performing her original songs in an intimate, acoustic setting.


Ced, Marty & Dave
Wednesday April 27, 2016 @ 7:00pm Woodlawn Public Library

Under the influence of Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams, 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Award Rising Stars play concert halls, living rooms and everything between. Ced, Marty & Dave cover but don’t copy, taking classic heart-filled, grit-soaked songs and arranging them in their unique blues-style, always leaving room for their original material, sharing stories of life and love.