Halifax Jazz Festival board chair Andrew Killawee says of this year's 30th anniversary event: “We are thrilled to welcome the world to Halifax for the 30th anniversary of the Halifax Jazz Festival. This year promises to be the best yet, with an incredible array of performers - from world class main stage acts - to top notch, free programming on the waterfront. Please, come and join the 50,000 musicians, volunteers, local residents, and tourists who all gather each year for this unforgettable week!”
Main stage performers announced include multiple Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar and former Fugee, Ms Lauryn Hill; Toronto synth-pop indie-rock sensation and Juno recipient Metric; and Canadian troubadour and acoustic-folk guitarist City and Colour (Dallas Green). Joining the top level talent presented on the main stage this year are Mid-70’s disco/funk powerhouse, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers; and LA-based avant-garde jazz bassist Thundercat, along with New Orleans favorites, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who round out the lineup playing traditional New Orleans-style jazz on the waterfront.
Historic St. Matthew’s Church on Barrington Street will host a lineup that includes critically acclaimed Los Angeles singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Julia Holter; Canadian jazz pianist, organist, composer and arranger, and winner of the 2014 Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, Oliver Jones; Juno Award-nominated Canadian-born jazz singer-songwriter and piano performer Laila Biali; American saxophonist and multireedist Colin Stetson and Canadian violinist Sarah Neufeld -- both regular collaborators and members of the touring indie rock act, Arcade Fire. Stetson and Neufeld released their album, Never Were the Way She Was, in 2015. The St. Matthew’s shows are all-ages.
Free concerts and artist talks for the entire family take place this year at the Halifax waterfront main stage, Halifax Central Library, Alderney Gate Library, Hydrostone Park, and Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park. Free programming occurs throughout the day in Hydrostone Park and at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park on the weekend. Main stage free music programming for all ages runs daily on weekdays, beginning July 13. While at the main stage, stop by the interactive Kid Zone for crafts, face painting and more every afternoon. And once again, hop aboard beloved Halifax landmark Theodore the Tugboat for "Splash! Bang! Boom!," a free and interactive jazzlab music workshop that takes place while sailing the Halifax Harbour.
Educational programming includes the ten-day Creative Music Workshop (CMW) led by Jerry Granelli (drums - Halifax), J. Anthony Granelli (electric bass - New York City), Christian Kogel (guitar - Berlin), Dani Oore (saxophones - Toronto) and features special guest faculty member Michael Blake (saxophones - New York City). Last year Jerry Granelli turned 75, and to mark the milestone Jerry has curated a series of five shows -- “The Creative Music Series: A Celebration of Now,” celebrating old and new friends in Nova Scotia and beyond. As part of CMW, these free concerts occur nightly at 1313 Hollis. Listen to the results of the CMW participants creativity, collaboration and risk-taking at the free concert finale at 1313 Hollis, Sunday, July 17 at 3 PM.
Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD, Waterfront Development and Westin Halifax. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, May 3 and are available for purchase by festival ticket provider etixnow.com through www.halifaxjazzfestival.ca
In addition to participating in all the great music and events, people can take an active role in the excitement by volunteering their time. Volunteer applications open May 18 and media pass applications are open now until May 31. Please visit Halifax Jazz Festival for more information.
Since 1987 the Halifax Jazz Festival, presented by the non-profit organization JazzEast, has organized a diverse range of musical and educational activities including the 2016 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 12-17. Follow 'Halifax Jazz Festival' on Facebook and Twitter @HFXJazzFest
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Kimberly Sinclair , TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Publicist and Outreach Coordinator
(902) 350 - 3968