Celebrate May with a special Mother’s Day concert, an outdoor patio performance and a double film screening!
TD Jazz Labs are FREE and suitable for all ages, offering a behind the scenes look at making music that includes artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts. TD Jazz Labs are part of Halifax Jazz Festival’s Music Education Program.
Holly Arsenault Trio at Halifax Central Library
Holly Arsenault Trio Mother’s Day concert. Sunday May 13, at Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax) from 2-3pm.
Join Holly Arsenault Trio as she graces Paul O'Reagan Hall for an afternoon of classic jazz standards, stories and more. Holly will be joined by Dave Burton on drums and Chris Churchill on the bass. In a career that spans 30+ years, jazz pianist Holly Arsenault has earned acclaim as a leader, soloist and sideperson. She has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, The Daniel Matto Quintet, Karen Myatt, and Jeri Brown and more, and has numerous shows to her credit as a pit musician at the Neptune Theatre. Her original compositions have been lauded nationally and abroad.
Evan Mahaney Trio at Freeman’s Fairview
The Evan Mahaney Trio plays its acclaimed jazz show at Freeman’s Fairview, 3671 Dutch Village Road, on Saturday May 26, from 3-5pm.
Saxophonist Evan Mahaney brings his jazz trio for an afternoon of jazz standards and original compositions on the warm and inviting patio of Freeman’s Fairview. Evan Mahaney is a unique voice on the tenor saxophone. Based out of Halifax, he is a recent graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University Jazz Program he has been a first call horn player in many different groups including Party Boots and The Forward Bound.
Film Screening at Halifax North Memorial Library
Join Halifax Jazz Festival and the Music Liberatory for Film Screening: The Girls in the Band and Sisterhood, a film by the Music Liberatory, Thursday May 31 beginning at 7pm at Halifax North Memorial Library (2285 Gottingen Street Halifax).
About The Girls in the Band:
They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers… and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. In the thirties and forties, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-fifties female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten.
The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late ‘30s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.
The night will begin with a short film, Sisterhood, made entirely by women and produced by the Music Liberatory. The film is the result of a year-long grassroots collaborative project by Music Liberatory called Women Safe & Sound.
The Music Liberatory offers free music programs to women and girls and collaborates with artists and other groups working to create feminist music cultures. They aim to dramatically increase the number of female instrumentalists by providing vision and alliance.
About TD Jazz Labs
TD Jazz Labs are part of Halifax Jazz Festival’s Music Education Program. Beyond sharing the relevance of jazz in today’s world, these labs provide opportunities for artistic development and music education for all ages. Halifax Jazz Festival’s music education mission includes TD Jazz Labs, the Creative Music Workshop, Splash! Bang! Boom! on Theodore Tugboat, Jazz Appreciation Month this month and these Jazz Up Your Spring shows in May. All TD Jazz Labs presentations are FREE and suitable for listeners of all ages.
Halifax Jazz Festival:
Atlantic Canada’s oldest and largest music festival, Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities since 1987, including the 32nd annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 10-15, 2018. For more information visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca, “follow” Halifax Jazz Festival on twitter@HFXJazzFest or “like” on facebook.
Jazz Up Your Spring May 2018 Schedule:
Sunday, May 13 from 2-3pm, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax), Mother’s Day Concert with the Holly Arsenault Trio;
Saturday, May 26 from 3-5pm, Freeman’s /Fairview ( (3671 Dutch Village Road, Fairview), Saxophonist Evan Mahaney and his Trio;
Thursday, May 31 at 7pm, Halifax North Memorial Library (2285 Gottingen Street Halifax), Film Screening: The Girls In The Band and Sisterhood with The Music Liberatory.
Facebook event, ALL Jazz Up Your Spring shows: https://www.facebook.com/events/162225374459518/