Granelli’s life story is the story of contemporary jazz. Granelli ascended from playing with the great pianist Vince Guaraldi at the height of his popularity while simultaneously exploring Free Jazz on San Francisco’s thriving after hours sets in the early 1960s, to establishing academic arts curriculums to indoctrinate and perpetuate alternative musical forms. A pioneer of `60s psychedelic sounds, a sideman on a Top 5 pop hit and a session musician for Sly Stone, Granelli is a forward thinking master in the art of music. Since the late `80s, he has recorded over 20 albums as a leader and/or soloist.
The Halifax Jazz Festival is proud to partner with Granelli as a creative force within the festival and in his role as an educator. Among his countless contributions to Jazz Festival, Granelli is a permanent faculty member and fundamental force behind the Festival’s Creative Music Workshops, offering an intensive opportunity for learning and performance for musicians of all ages for more than 20 years.
The Portia White Prize is the largest prize of its type awarded by the Province of Nova Scotia and is named for Portia White, an African-Nova Scotian artist who rose through adversity to achieve international acclaim as a classical singer on the stages of Europe and North America
The Portia White Prize recognizes cultural and artistic excellence on the part of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in their discipline. To enable the province of Nova Scotia to promote excellence in the arts by honouring an outstanding Nova Scotian artist who has made a significant contribution to the province’s cultural life. No one is more deserving of this year’s distinction than Halifax’s own Jerry Granelli.
The Portia White Prize will be awarded at the 2016 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. The Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is a yearly event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement, notably in the announcements of two major awards, the Portia White Prize and the Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Award. Winners of the Prix Grand Pré, the five Established Artists' Award and the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award are also honoured. Collectively, the awards are worth $90,000.The 2016 Gala will take place Saturday, November 5th at 8:30PM at the Halifax Central Library. For more details see event on Facebook.
Arts Nova Scotia: https://artsns.ca/2016-creative-ns-awards-gala-artistic-director
Jerry Granelli: http://www.jerrygranelli.com/site/
About Halifax Jazz Festival
Since 1987 the non-profit organization the Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities including the 2017 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 12-16. For more information visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca.