TD Halifax Jazz Festival & Obey Convention kick off the St. Matthew’s Series Tuesday, July 10 with Pantayo!
Historic St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St, once again provides a stunning backdrop for a full slate of events every night from Tuesday, July 10 to Saturday, July 14. Presenting; Pantayo, July 10; Laila Biali, July 11; Land of Talk, July 12; Jerry Granelli Dance Hall feat. Robben Ford, July 13, and Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, July 14.
TD Halifax Jazz Festival & Obey Convention kick off the St. Matthew’s Church Series presenting Pantayo. Pronounced “pan-TAH-yoh,” the name means “for us,” from the Tagalog word “tayo” meaning “us” and the prefix “pan” or “for". It's borrowed from an intellectual movement, "Pantayong Pananaw" or "from-us-for-us perspective”. Pantayo is an all-women musical collective; their music is grounded in traditional kulintang music of the Maguindanaon and T'boli peoples of the Philippines, but explores the possibility of kulintang music influenced by our identities as diasporic Filipinas. Pantayo is July 10, all ages show. Door at 6:30pm, show at 7pm, Tickets are $25.00.
Laila Biali would like to reintroduce herself to Halifax - returning to St. Matthew’s Church to perform Wednesday, July 11. The raven-haired musician has won awards and played the world’s most prestigious venues. She’s toured with Grammy Award winners and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: she’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars. And now, almost two decades into a successful career, she’s ready for a change. “It’s been a long time coming,” Laila says of her recently released self-titled album. “I’ve been playing music professionally for years but this album feels, in a way, like a new beginning.” It’s pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles. “I’m more excited about this record than any other project of mine to date,” Laila declares. Fans should be too. Laila Biali performs July 11, all ages show. Door at 6:30pm, show at 7pm Tickets: $30.00.
Thursday, July 12, the St. Matthew’s Series continues with Land of Talk. "I don't want to waste it this time." If anyone has earned the right to sing those words, it's Elizabeth Powell. Since forming Land of Talk in 2006, the one certainty in her life has been uncertainty, as her band has gone from being one of Montreal's most brash, buzzy indie rock acts to one of its most elusive and enigmatic. Land of Talk’s new album, Life After Youth recreates the same conditions and recruits much of the same personnel that produced the band’s scrappy debut EP, the end result is dramatically different than anything the band has attempted before. All ages show, Land of Talk performs July 12. Door at 6:30pm, show at 7pm Tickets: $35.00.
Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall feat. Robben Ford is on tap Friday, July 13, at St. Matthew’s Church: Jerry Granelli is one of the most widely-recognized and highly-regarded musicians in Nova Scotia. Granelli’s latest recording Dance Hall features Robben Ford, named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician Magazine, along with guitar-great Bill Frisell and bassist J. Anthony Granelli. Ford, a former member of the L.A. Express and Yellowjackets, has also collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss. The material on Dance Hall reflects Granelli’s deep gratitude to the artists who originally wrote and recorded these great songs and, at this point in his life, the sheer joy of playing the drums. Joining Granelli and Ford will be J. Anthony Granelli on electric bass, guitarist Christian Koegel, and saxophonist Michael Blake. Show all ages, July 13. Door at 6:30pm, show at 7pm Tickets: $35.00.
Saturday July 14, Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape will play St. Matthew’s Church Series. Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. He is a Grammy Award winner and four-time nominee, and has played with Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, and Roy Haynes. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his unbridled talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in history. “I’ve been thinking of the resilience of Black people and African culture,” Payton says of the gestation of Afro-Caribbean Mixtape. “How Africans came on ships to ports in the Caribbean. How those rhythms from Africa got dropped off at points like Haiti and Cuba and Puerto Rico. How those influences and elements sauntered on to New Orleans, and on to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and then New York. How, with the advent of the phonograph, this New Orleans music became the world’s first popular music as the result of this new medium." Like a master chef possessing a deft sense of proportion, taste and poetic flair, this forward-looking heir to the traditions of New Orleans blends an array of related musical food groups – bebop, swing, the Great American Songbook, New Orleans second-line, Mardi Gras Indian, instrumental soul, rhythm-and-blues, urban, hip-hop, and various Afro-descended dialects of Central America and the Caribbean – into a focused sound that is entirely his own argot. July 14, all ages show. Door at 6:30pm, show at 7pm, Tickets: $45.00.
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, an award winning mainstay of the region’s live music scene, hosts a wide range of performers at the Late Night stage every night, presentingTintamare, July 11; July 12, SAMM; July 13, Jeri Brown; and July 14, Joel Miller Quartet. All shows start at 11:15pm, doors 10:45pm, 19+. All tickets for the Late Night Stage Series at The Carleton are $20 and are on sale now.
Don’t miss Tintamare, Wednesday, July 11 on the Late Night Stage. Influenced by Romanian, Russian, and Balkan traditional music, and the tipsy-nomad spirit, Tintamare's sound finds is place between traditional fanfare and Bérurier Noir. Their social criticism combined with their explosive compositions makes their latest album Théorème du nombre critique (The Critical Number Theory) an absolutely amazing experience, but on stage the amplitude of this Montreal 11 piece “enormous beast” will certainly blow your mind. Tickets $20.
SAMM takes to the Late Night Stage on Thursday, July 12. SAMM’s smooth, airy vocals blend elements of neo soul and alternative R&B. An ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominated performer, SAMM has toured internationally as a supporting vocalist for Erin Costelo and has opened for artists including Jully Black and Betty Lavette at the Halifax Jazz Festival. From Halifax, currently living in Montreal, SAMM has been creating new artworks and is currently working on her debut album that will be released later this year.Tickets $20.
Friday night, July 13, Jeri Brown graces the Late Night stage. Jeri has one of those voices you could listen to all night - so well-focused, so full of energy, so pensive one moment and so in the groove in the next moment. With over a decade of vocal performance tradition with sold-out concerts worldwide, Brown has performed with a music encyclopedia of consummate jazz artists and producers. Her repertoire includes selections and arrangements that blur the lines between classic jazz, soul, R&B, and world music.Tickets $20.
The Joel Miller Quartet closes out the Late Night Series Saturday, July 14. Saxophonist / composer Joel Miller has built an award-winning career developing an individual voice that incorporates the folk and pop music of his youth with more recent explorations into Afro-Latin and contemporary classical music. Whether in quintets or Jensen’s Juno-winning Jazz Orchestra, Miller’s creativity has permitted him to travel across Canada and throughout the world, bringing his bands to the US, Mexico, Peru, and Japan. Tickets $20.
Tickets are on sale NOW - purchase in advance online at halifaxjazzfestival.etixnow.comor in person at the etixnow.com self-serve kiosks, located at the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) Open M-F 10am-5pm.
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