Founded in 1996 by percussionist Jerry Granelli, saxophonist Don Palmer and bassist Skip Beckwith, the Creative Music Workshop (CMW) has been instrumental in fostering a strong artistic community in Halifax and beyond. The workshops have provided inspiration, education and exciting opportunities for creative individuals of all ages, and the benefits of the program on students and the broader arts community have been profound. CMW alumni have gone on to become professional artists, educators and creative individuals worldwide. Granelli was a pioneer in developing this distinctive approach to education, which is now integrated into renowned arts institutions throughout North America.
The Halifax Jazz Festival is pleased to welcome this year’s distinguished guest faculty and workshop instructors. New York saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz. She is a seven-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone, winner of the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano sax, and a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.Seattle trombonist Julien Priester's career has spanned over six decades. He has performed with artists such as Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus and more. Louisiana born Brian Blade joins the team as workshop clinician. Blade is already widely respected in the jazz world as the drummer, composer and leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, which has released three albums during its decade of existence. He is also known as the drummer with many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris.
Creative Music Workshop students will present three concerts to share what they have been creating in a community environment and to debut new music compositions and collaborations between faculty and students. The CMW Music Workshop Concerts are free and take place July 9th at 7pm and July 11th at 7pm, at 1313 Hollis Street. The final student concert takes place on July 12th at 2pm at Alderney Theatre and will be followed by a 20th Anniversary reception open to CMW students, alumni and supporters.
The special 20th anniversary edition of CMW will take place at Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus, 80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth, NS. Students can select from two program streams: Core Program and Creative Process. Students of the CMW Core Program receive a free All Events pass, and Creative Process students receive discounts on tickets to the 2015 TD Halifax Jazz Festival. Tuition for the Core Program is $450; Tuition for the Creative Process program is $179. For more information, including program information and registration click HERE
Since 1987 the non-profit organization the Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities including the 2015 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 8-12. For more information visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca. Follow Halifax Jazz Festival on Twitter @HFXJazzFest.