2019 Halifax Jazz Festival

A Sweet Release...

Updated: July 9, 2019

It all kicks off tonight - with something for everyone, from Rock, Blues, and Reggae to Hip Hop, Jazz, and R&B, the 33rd annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival is back in town, July 9-14, bringing world class music, educational activities and free programming to the streets of the HRM and beyond. 

The Jazz Festival opens tonight with a bang, presenting wildly popular and versatile, multifaceted entertainer Common on the Halifax Waterfront TD Main Stage with the show opener JUNO-award winning rapper, Shad. On Wednesday, July 10, in partnership with Sonic Concerts, hear former Hey Rosetta! front-man  Tim Baker with special guest Kathleen Edwards and on Thursday July 11, the Barr Brothers open for Bahamas...

Posted: June 7, 2019

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival announces one of the most talented percussionist / drummers and performers in the world, Sheila E. with special guest, Asia & NuGruv, to perform at the 33rd annual event, Friday, July 12, on the Waterfront TD Main Stage.

Additional acts to announce are; Maritime powerhouse special project, Blues Bash, featuring Garrett Mason, Theresa Malenfant, Cyndi Cain, Roxy Mercier, & Keith Hallett, who open the night for the Sunday evening FREE show, July 14 for Myles Goodwyn. Added to the Late Night Series, is five time JUNO winner Exco Levi & The High Priest Band at The Marquee Ballroom on Saturday, July 13. Also added to the Late Night Series lineup as special guests to the Mdou Moctar Thurs, July 11are Superfluid, at the Seahorse Tavern. The Creative Music Series In The Moment Curated By Jerry Granelli, runs July 9-13, at 1313 Hollis and the annual FREE CMW closing concert occurs at the Halifax Public Library Sunday, July 14. Tickets are on sale NOW for ALL SHOWS.

Friday, July 12, on the Waterfront TD Main Stage, Sheila E. performs with opening act Asia & NuGruv. Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with Prince, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. Kicking off the night is one of Atlantic Canada's finest party bands, Asia & NuGruv. Tickets are $45.00.

Sunday night’s FREE Waterfront TD Main Stage festival closing show, with headliner Myles Goodwyn & Friends of the Blues, welcomes Blues Bash to kick off the night on July 14. Blues Bash is an all-star line-up of Maritime talent. Featuring a house band of blues journeymen Rheo Rochon, Barry Cooke, Marc Doucet and Gary Potts, the performance includes a solo set by Garrett Mason, New Brunswick's own Theresa Malenfant (2019 International Blues Competition runner-up) and Keith Hallett, as well as two of the most powerful soul voices, Cyndi Cain and Roxy Mercier. Sun, July 14. FREE SHOW, no ticket or pass required.

Jamaican/Canadian musician Exco Levi pays tribute to the founders of reggae music through a modern twist of poetry and sound. The five time JUNO winner takes the stage with The High Priest Band Sat, July 13 as part of the Late Night Series at the Marquee Ballroom. Tickets are $22.50.

Hear a bit of RnB, Rock, Jazz, World music arranged on an exciting tapestry of grooves, when Halifax based Superfluid takes the stage as part of the Late Night Series. At its core, the band represents the convergence of eastern and western poetry, music and ideology. Hear them Thurs, July 11 at the Seahorse Tavern, as special guests to Mdou Moctar. Tickets are $22.50.

The Creative Music Series, taking place again this year at 1313 Hollis, is where the Creative Music Workshops (CMW) feature noted guest faculty from around the world. This nightly concert series, In The Moment Curated By Jerry Granelli, is the place to be for creative jazz from July 9-13, plus the annual CMW Closing Concert, 2pm, Sunday, July 14 is not to be missed. This year, the concert takes place at the Halifax Central Library, and will premiere new music written by students as well as collaborations between students and faculty.

The Creative Music Series In The Moment Curated By Jerry Granelli begins Tues, July 9 with Trio Granelli, Granelli, Kögle / “flight.”  On Wed. July 10, workshop with visiting master Jay Clayton at Strings, Wind, The Voice, Metal. Thur, July 11 come down and hear Old City, New Voices album release Concert, which is the FIRST album put out as the CMW community - featuring some of the young new voices, plus:  Andrew MacKelvie, Andrew Jackson, Ross Burns, Jackson Fairfax-Perry Nick Dourado, along with CMW 2019 faculty. Friday July 12, CMW presents Christian Kögel: The Music Of Queen Project, an evening of music inspired by iconic and theatrical rock band Queen. The Dance Of Sound The Sound Of Dance, Susanne Chui Movement occurs Sat, July 13 and features, Susanne Chui, who is CMW faculty and an extraordinary dancer.

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Halifax Jazz Festival 2019 branding is by Halifax based designer, Brittany Pickrem. 'The 2019 Jazz Festival main image is inspired by the variety of engaging experiences and diverse soundscapes that every festival-goer is promised to encounter while attending all festival events.' Visit brittanypickrem.com

Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD Bank Group, Develop Nova Scotia, Stingray Music and funded by the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and the Craig Foundation.

Since 1987, Halifax Jazz Festival, presented by the non-profit organization Jazz East Rising Association, has organized a diverse range of musical, educational and charitable activities, including the annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada. The 33rd event will take place July 9-14, 2019. Follow Halifax Jazz Festival on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @HFXJazzFest.

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