Imagine the impact $5000 can have on an emerging musician's career. Imagination will become reality during the 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 5-13, when one artist leaves the festival with $5000 to jumpstart their career.
Once again JazzEast and Galaxie, Your Musical Universe, are pleased to host the Galaxie Rising Star Award. This program supports up-and-coming musicians in all genres by providing showcase opportunities, monetary awards and potential airplay on the Galaxie channels.
"Support through Galaxie is very significant for emerging Canadian artists," states Laura 'Lulu' Healy, JazzEast Artistic Director. "This year's line-up of contestants is diverse and provides representation from Halifax and cities from across the country."
The recipient for Halifax's Galaxie Rising Star Award is selected through a peer assessment process and online voting. Contestants perform daily at 3:45 PM Monday-Friday, July 8-12, at the Festival Tent on the Halifax Waterfront. The program kicks off Monday, July 8, with spontaneous jazz compositions from Vancouver's Tyson Naylor Trio. East Preston's Kirsten Olivia presents her empowering and groovy R&B originals Tuesday. Montreal's Curse in the Woods brings their devilish gypsy folk to stage Wednesday. Halifax's hip hop group The Caravan, a YouTube viral sensation, are live Thursday. The final contestant of the week is Reeny Smith, a singer hailing from North Preston known for her impeccable vocals and stage presence.
Online voting continues until 12 noon, Saturday, July 13. For more information visit http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca/galaxie-rising-star-competition.
Since its inception in 2000, over 900 artists have directly benefitted from the Galaxie Rising Star Award. For more information about Galaxie visit www.galaxie.ca.
Pascal Lejeune (above); English version below.
JazzEast est heureux de souligner la culture et les artistes français pendant l’édition 2013 du Festival de jazz TD à Halifax.
« Ces dernières années, j’ai eu l’occasion d’inclure davantage d’artistes français et franco-canadiens dans la programmation du festival » déclare Laura « Lulu » Healy, directrice artistique de JazzEast. « Le festival 2013 en comprend le plus grand nombre, avec quatre concerts présentant des artistes français du monde entier, ainsi qu’un hommage au cinéma franco-canadien et une causerie de l’un des artistes présentée en français. »
Pour la deuxième année consécutive, Focus on French Jazz est sur le devant de la scène grâce au généreux soutien du Consulat général de France dans les Provinces atlantiques et l’Institut Français. Coordonné par l’Ambassade de France au Canada, du 21 juin au 9 juillet, Focus on French Jazz sera présenté à Vancouver, Ottawa et Halifax. Au programme : un concert intime avec le Trio français Rémi Pannosian et son étoile montante, le pianiste et compositeur Thomas Enhco, le vendredi 5 juillet au Peggy Corkum Music Room. Le samedi 6 juillet, Thomas Enhco animera une causerie en partenariat avec l’Alliance Française.
Focus on French Jazz présentera également « Les Triplettes de Belleville » le mardi 9 juillet. En célébration de la décennie qui vient de s’écouler depuis la sortie du film et de ses nombreuses récompenses, la musique originale sera jouée en même temps que la projection du film lors d’un concert gratuit sous la tente du Festival.
Deux autres concerts prendront place au Peggy Corkum Music Room et présenteront des artistes québécois. La pianiste et compositrice québécoise Marianne Trudel et le projet Trifolia, formation vivante et dynamique avec Étienne Lafrance et Patrick Graham, se produiront le mardi 9 juillet. Le samedi 13 juillet, venez écouter le groupe Quartetski, basé à Montréal, réinterpréter des œuvres du compositeur classique écossais Tobias Hume.
La salle Schooner du Casino Nova Scotia accueillera le concert intitulé 3 artistes ! 3 territoires ! le mercredi 10 juillet. En partenariat avec le Congrès mondial acadien de 2014, RADARTS, ROSEQ Productions l’Entrepôt, l’Alliance Française et le Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre, ce concert présentera l’artiste acadien Patrice Michaud, ainsi que Pascal Lejeune natif du Nouveau-Brunswick et Denny Breau, compositeur-interprète du Maine. Les billets sont en vente à 20 $ à Ticket Atlantic ou ticketatlantic.com.
Les billets pour Focus on French Jazz : le Trio Rémi Pannosian│Thomas Enhco sont à 25 $ (22 $ pour les membres de JazzEast), les billets pour Marianne Trudel’s Trifolia│Tyson Naylor Trio sont à 22 $ (20 $ pour les membres de JazzEast) et les billets pour Quartetski Does Hume│Sageev & Dani Oore: Radical Cycle sont à 22 $ (20 $ pour les membres de JazzEast). Taxes et frais sont inclus. Les billets peuvent être achetés à halifaxjazzfestival.ca ou par téléphone en appelant le (902 )229-7897.
Ces activités sont présentées grâce au soutien de l'Alliance Française, du Congrès mondial acadien 2014, de RADARTS, ROSEQ, Productions l'Entrepôt etle Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre.
French artists and culture at 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival
JazzEast is pleased to highlight French artists and culture at the upcoming 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival.
"In the past couple of years I've had the opportunity to incorporate more French and French-Canadian programming into the festival line-up," states Laura 'Lulu' Healy, JazzEast's Artistic Director. "The 2013 festival has the most to date, with four concerts featuring French artists from around the world, a tribute to French-Canadian cinema, and an artist talk presented in French."
For the second year in a row Focus on French Jazz takes centre stage thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of France in the Atlantic Provinces and Institut Français. Coordinated by the Embassy of France in Canada, from June 21 to July 9, Focus on French Jazz will take place in Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax. This includes an intimate concert with France's Rémi Pannosian Trio and rising star, pianist and composer Thomas Enhco Friday, July 5 at the Peggy Corkum Music Room. On Saturday, July 6, Enhco offers an artist talk presented in partnership with the Alliance Française.
Focus on French Jazz also presents Triplets of Bellville Tuesday, July 9. Celebrating a decade since the award-winning film was first released, the original score will be played live alongside the film at this free concert at the Festival Tent.
Two additional concerts take place at the Peggy Corkum Music Room featuring Quebecois artists. Quebec born pianist and composer Marianne Trudel and her dynamic and heartfelt Trifolia project (with Étienne Lafrance and Patrick Graham), perform Tuesday, July 9. On Saturday, July 13, listen to the Montreal-based group Quartetski reinterpret works of the Scotland's classical composer Tobias Hume.
Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room will host 3 artistes! 3 territoires! Wednesday, July 10. Presented in partnership with Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014, RADARTS, ROSEQ, Productions l’Entrepot, Alliance Française and Conseil Communautaire du Grand-Hâvre, this concert features Acadian artist Patrice Michaud, New Brunswick native Pascal Lejeune and Maine singer and songwriter Denny Breau. Tickets are $20 and available at any Ticket Atlantic outlet or ticketatlantic.com.
Tickets for Focus on French Jazz: Rémi PannosianTrio│Thomas Enhco are $25 ($22 for JazzEast members), tickets for Marianne Trudel’s Trifolia│Tyson Naylor Trio are $22($20 for JazzEast members) and tickets for Quartetski Does Hume│Sageev & Dani Oore: Radical Cycle are $22($20 for JazzEast members). Prices include HST and fees. Tickets can be purchased at halifaxjazzfestival.ca or by calling the Jazz Hotline (902) 229-7897.
These programs are made possible thanks to the support of Alliance Française,du Congrès mondial acadien 2014, de RADARTS, ROSEQ, Productions l'Entrepôt and the Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre.
A change of plans can be a good thing when it brings together ten of Halifax's finest musicians. Halifax's Salsa Picante is reuniting at the Festival Tent for a very special free concert 8 PM Saturday, July 13.
"It’s been a growing tradition that we close the TD Halifax Jazz Festival with a fiery Latin dance party," states Laura 'Lulu' Healy. "The infectious and danceable music of Salsa Picante and the Canadian Primos is the best the region has to offer and will keep dancers on their feet all night! And as a treat to our audiences we are offering this show free to the public".
Described by The Chronicle Herald as "Halifax's number one party band,” since 1991 Salsa Picante has delighted Maritime audiences and beyond with their infectious music. Salsa Picante was voted by fans of the Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival as the top world-beat act, in a poll which covered a nine year span of the event. From traditional rumba to son, merengue, cha cha cha, plena, songo and even soca, they have remained true their name providing hot dance numbers and more that audiences.
Opening the evening is the Canadian Primos featuring local jazz fixture Jeff Goodspeed, and Silvio Pupo (originally from Cuba) with talented emerging musicians who have taken part in Los Primos. Los Primos, a fundraising effort which started with instrument donations to the Amadeo Roldon Conservatory in Havana, has grown to be a band exchange program between Cuban and Canadian musicians.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the Spanish Harlem Orchestra could not make it for their scheduled appearance July 13 in the Festival Tent. Online purchases will be automatically refunded within 72 hours. Patrons who are concerned about their refund status after this time can contact info [at] etixnow [dot] com or call 1-877-384-9669 for assistance.
Each year JazzEast takes advantage of the roster of high-caliber artists performing at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival by asking some of them to facilitate JazzLabs. This year's line-up of artist talks, workshops and master classes offers exciting voice, rhythm and improv focused presentations. As well, back by popular demand is the ever popular Theodore Tugboat rhythm workshops for kids.
The learning kicks off Saturday, July 6, at the Alliance Française. Join rising international star, pianist and composer Thomas Enhco as he guides participants in French through his distinctive and original work, which is situated in between classical and jazz.
Halifax Public Libraries host three additional talks. Take part in a fun and interactive workshop Monday, July 8, at the Keshen Goodman Library with the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet and learn about their enticing and fun Afro-Peruvian music that combines the complex motion of jazz harmonies and grooves of the coast of Peru. On Tuesday, July 9, at the Spring Garden Public Library David Moore, the mastermind behind the Brooklyn-based group Bing & Ruth, will discuss improvisation. Finally, the not-to-be-missed talk with Joshua Van Tassel will focus on the creative development of the artistic voice Wednesday, July 10, at Spring Garden Library.
A free workshop with drummer Dan Weiss takes place Tuesday, July 9, at 1313 Hollis. Reinvent sound, explore the concept of time and learn how musicians can interact with these two elements.
Workshops for advanced musicians take place at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Award-winning and internationally acclaimed vocalist and composer, Kiran Ahluwalia, offers a voice workshop Monday, July 8, 2013. On Friday, July 12, saxophonist Jon Irabagon will share his process of using different levels and types of vocabulary over chord changes to add variety and tension to solos; this workshop is suitable for experienced musicians but aspiring musicians may attend and audit the workshop. The fee for each of these workshops is $20 ($18 for JazzEast members).
Once again Theodore Tugboat will escort little ones around the Halifax harbour July 8 and 9, all while the lively, entertaining and talented musician Ross Burns shares some basic rhythms using simple, percussive instruments. On July 10, cruise the water once again while exploring and creating different African rhythms with Chris Kennedy of The Goatworks. These workshops are conducted as Theodore sails, so come early to board to ensure you don't miss out on the fun!
All of the above programs are subject to capacity and offered free of charge unless otherwise noted. For more information, and workshop times, please visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca/jazzlabs
Good things come in packages of three, all the more evident in JazzEast's latest offering of three concerts featuring three fine trios. Presented in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries these free and intimate concerts showcase some of Halifax's finest musicians at the coziest venues, public libraries! Jazz Up Your Spring features three terrific trios including the Willem Paynter Trio, Mike Cowie Trio and The New Bridge.
The program kicks off 2 PM Saturday, May 4 at the Cole Harbour Public Library with the Willem Paynter Trio. Bassist Willem Paynter moved to Halifax after graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University with a BA Honours in Music and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most on-demand young players in the jazz scene. His trio plays the music of the American Songbook with a cutting-edge sense of adventure and a modern flair. Featuring Martin Davidson on Tenor Saxophone and Bryan MacDonald on guitar, the group puts a unique twist on old favourites.
Mike Cowie's Vibe Trio refreshes popular tunes in a cool-jazz style 2:30 PM Saturday, May 11, at the Sackville Public Library. Sting, Annie Lennox, Prince, David Bowie and the Beatles sound fantastic with muted trumpet, vocals, piano and upright bass in the mix. Trumpet player, singer and songwriter Mike Cowie is a local staple known for his funk/jazz/blues style.
Jazz Up Your Spring concludes with The New Bridge at the 7 PM Thursday, May 23 at the Tantallon Public Library. This trio of Halifax musicians, who were brought together by their love of music, eating and riding bikes. As a group they explore string-band jazz music with equal measures of adventure and swing. They are Nick Wilkinson and Ross Burns on guitars, and Adam Fine on double bass (Great Leis, Gypsophilia, Bend the River, Verbal Warnin', Der Heisser).
All concerts are free and suitable for listeners of all ages.
Photo credit: The New Bridge
April 30 marks International Jazz Day, and Halifax's JazzEast celebrated the occasion by revealing the full line-up of the 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival at a press launch earlier today at Casino Nova.
"This year we've brought in some fabulous marquee talent, such as Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and Lee Fields & The Expressions" states Laura 'Lulu' Healy, the festival's Artistic Director. "And we are thrilled to announce that The Wailers, the most iconic reggae band of all time for their history with the legendary Bob Marley, will be playing Friday, July 12, at the Festival Tent on the Halifax Waterfront."
Over 90 acts on nine stages, including jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip hop, funk, Latin, francophone and world music, will be presented at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival July 5-13. Also included in the line-up are jazz icons such as the Lee Konitz New Quartet at Casino Nova Scotia, Monday, July 8; Dave Douglas Quintet at Casino Nova Scotia Friday, July 12, and The John Scofield Überjam Band at the Festival Tent Wednesday, July 10.
"This year's line-up showcases the diversity and breadth of jazz," states Healy. "From the adventurous sounds of Berlin’s GORILLA MASK to Latin big band tunes from New York City’s Spanish Harlem Orchestra, there is something for everyone at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival."
Opening for the Wailers Friday evening, July 12, is Halifax's own Andru Branch & Halfway Tree, and Verbal Warnin'; tickets are $40 (or $35 for JazzEast members). Tickets for The John Scofield Überjam Band | The Chronos Band are $25 ($22 JazzEast members), and tickets for Lee Fields & The Expressions | Asia & NuGruv are $23 ($20 JazzEast members). Tickets for Lee Konitz New Quartet are $35 ($30 JazzEast members) and Dave Douglas Quintet | The BiCoastal Collective Friday, July 12, $20 plus service charges and fees (or $19.50 for JazzEast members). All tickets will be on sale noon at by the festival's official provider etixnow.com, Tuesday, April 30.
Once again the Festival will present two free evening shows at the Festival Tent.
"Last year over 2000 people took in these concerts each evening," explains Healy. "We want to continue this tradition and ensure everyone can enjoy the festival experience."
On Monday, July 8, audiences will enjoy danceable Latin music by the Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra and Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Music and cinema come together Tuesday, July 9 with a special presentation of the of the Triplets of Belleville 10th Anniversary and Sonic Silents with Sageev Oore; the original score will accompany the film screening of the French Canadian classic Triplets of Belleville.
Kicking off at 12 noon daily, Saturday, July 6 until the festival's end, the Festival Tent will feature live music from local and touring musicians. Monday through Friday's daily program will also showcase Galaxie Rising Star contestants including the Tyson Naylor Trio, Kirsten Olivia, Curse in The Woods, The Caravan and Reeny Smith; based on online voting and judging from a panel of professionals, the winner will receive $5000 to jumpstart their career.
Educational programming includes the ten-day Creative Music Workshop, workshops and master classes with visiting artists, and free artist talks. Once again Halifax Harbour's Theodore Tugboat will be hopping with Splash! Bang! Boom!, a percussion workshop for young children and their caregivers.
Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD, Waterfront Development Corporation and Casino Nova Scotia. This year the festival is pleased to announce a new partnership with Global Halifax.
In November 2011, UNESCO declared April 30 as International Jazz Day.
The purpose of this day is to "raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples".
The JazzEast team couldn't think of a better way to mark this occasion than by hosting the 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival media launch.
We are excited to share with you festival news including the 2013 festival lineup!
The event takes place at Casino Nova Scotia's Compass Room at 10 a.m.
Please note, the Compass Room can be accessed via the pedway or the Casino Nova Scotia parkade.
If you are planning on attending please RSVP with tenille [at] jazzeast [dot] com (subject: RSVP%20Media%20Launch) (Tenille Goodspeed).
Can't make it? Watch for us on Twitter @HfxJazzFest We'll be tweeting news of the #HfxJazzFest live!
JazzEast is pleased to announce two more shows for the 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival line-up, highlighting hip hop with Washington, DC's Oddisee, Halifax/Toronto duo The Extremities and Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red.
Saturday, July 6, at The Marquee Ballroom, hip hop is in the house with New York-based MC and producer Oddisee. Born to American and Sudanese parents, he took in music from a wide spectrum that had New York hip hop on one end, and his father's gospel, go-go and oud-playing on the other. Inspired by the craft that is sampling, Oddisee went on to produce tracks for the likes of Jazzy Jeff, LIttle Brother and De La Soul to name a few.
Between his carefully collaged instrumental album Traveling Man (2010), the reflective journey of last year's People Hear What They See and collection of collaborations he boasts, it's clear that above creating beats and lyrics, Oddisee is making art.
"Our audiences might not be as familiar with Oddisee as some of the hip hop groups we've presented recently but the music is lyrically and stylistically the essence of what I love about hip hop - it just has so much soul,” states Laura “LuLu” Healy, JazzEast Artistic Director.
Joining Oddisee on this stage are The Extremities, a two-piece puzzle featuring Halifax’s DJ Uncle Fester and Toronto-based producer Fresh Kils, and A Tribe Called Red, the DJ trio based out of Ottawa.
“This show marks the East Coast debut of A Tribe Called Red, a group who have been turning heads on an international level this year with their phenomenal, highly danceable music coined pow wow step. Billed with The Extremities who have been topping Canadian hip hop charts for good reason, this show is definitely on my top five not-to-miss list this festival," explains Healy.
A Tribe Called Red and The Extremities will also be hitting the stage at the Pavilion for an all ages show Friday, July 5, 2013.
Tickets for Oddisee & Good Company are $20 (or $18 for JazzEast members), and tickets for The Extremities and A Tribe Called Red all ages show are $12 ($10 for JazzEast members). Ticket prices include HST and fees, and will be on sale noon at etixnow.com, Wednesday, April 17.
April marks Jazz Appreciation Month, and JazzEast is pleased to commemorate the occasion by offering free concerts in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution, Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates jazz as both a historical and living treasure. Now in its twelfth year, over forty countries take part in this annual tradition.
"We're happy to once again celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by presenting free concerts in the public libraries," states Laura 'Lulu' Healy. "Libraries are great places to hear live jazz because they’re such relaxed and intimate spaces."
The program kicks off 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Woodlawn Public Library with the John Chiasson Trio. Led by smooth jazz singer and talented bassist John Chiasson, expect to listen to a number of original jazz compositions and fresh takes on Beatles classics and other popular tunes.
The celebration continues Thursday, April 18, at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library. Join Doris Mason and friends Dave Burton on drums and Jamie Gatti on bass for a fun noontime musical treat.
Toes will be tapping at the Halifax North Branch Public Library 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, with Halifax's Epiphonics. The quartet's special blend of the roaring Hammond B3 organ played by Trevor Wentzell, along with Chris Grant's earthy style guitar playing, Chuck Bucket's tasteful and rhythmic command of the drums and Rheo Rochon's solid bass lines take the organ's sound to a whole new level.
The Jake Hanlon Duo concludes the line-up with a concert starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Keshen Goodman Public Library. Guitarist and composer Jake Hanlon, is joined by Paul Tynan, an award winning trumpet player and composer.
All programming is free and suitable for listeners of all ages.
JazzEast is pleased to announce two more shows for the 2013 TD Halifax Jazz Festival line-up, including the Montreal based trio Niyaz and New York's Dave Douglas Quintet.
Presented in partnership with Prismatic Festival Niyaz will play at the Festival Tent Sunday, July 7.
"Prismatic is excited to partner with JazzEast to bring these superb Canadian musicians to Nova Scotian audiences. We are looking forward to an enchanting evening with Niyaz," states Shahin Sayadi, Artistic Producer of Prismatic Festival.
Since launching as a trio in 2005, Niyaz, has been topping charts around the globe. With cultural roots in Iran (two of the three members are originally from there, immigrating to the US, then Canada), Niyaz will mesmerize audiences with their modern take on the Sufi mystical poetry and folk songs.
Kiran Ahluwalia starts the evening off with her infectious music that easily melds Indian rhythms with desert blues. Born in India, emigrating to Toronto and now living in New York, Kiran's ghazals (love songs of India and Pakistan) and Punjabi folk songs will energize audiences.
Casino Nova Scotia is also partnering with JazzEast to present The Dave Douglas Quintet in an intimate concert in the Schooner Showroom Friday, July 12. Described by The New York Times as "gorgeous and contemplative," the Dave Douglas Quintet is led by the prolific trumpeter, composer and educator Dave Douglas. A recipient of two Grammy nominations and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Douglas will also serve as special guest faculty for JazzEast's 2013 Creative Music Workshop.
The Quintet also includes Linda Oh (bass), John Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Uri Caine (piano) and Johnathan Blake (drums). Halifax is their only stop east of Montreal in their summer tour as they promote their latest album Time Travel (release date April 9, 2013).
The BiCoastal Collective, the brainchild of Nova Scotia-based trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington from the San Francisco Bay Area, opens for the Quintet. Described as “fresh and vibrant” by American jazz critic Scott Yanow, Tynan and Lington will be joined by Dave Staples (piano), Tom Easley (bass), Tom Roach (drums) and Jake Hanlon (guitar).
Tickets for Niyaz and Kiran Ahluwalia are $25 (or $22 for JazzEast members), including HST and fees. Tickets for the Dave Douglas Quintet and The BiCoastal Collective are $23.50 (or $19.50 for JazzEast members), including HST.
For more information halifaxjazzfestival.ca or call the Jazz Hotline at (902) 229-7897.
Halifax's Prismatic Festival brings new works by culturally diverse artists into the spotlight. For more information visit http://www.prismaticfestival.com/.