Organizers have announced the headline roster for the 21st Atlantic Jazz Festival, slated to run this year from July 13 to 21 in Halifax. Scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout the city, headliners announced this past Wednesday include guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio of Joey Baron and Tony Scheer, Jerry Granelli’s V16 combo, South African trumpet legend Hugh Masakela, and 2007 Juno Award winner Jon Ballantyne.
For blues fans are the Downchild Blues Band, and slide guitarist Ellen McIlwaine with tabla player Cassius Khan. For Latin music lovers are East Coast groups HavanaFax (opening for Masakela), Salsa Picante (with Toronto world soul group Mr. Something Something), and El Viento Flamenco with Gypsophilia. Avant garde acts will include keyboardist Andy Milne with saxophonist Dani Oore, and music/spoken word quartet Language Arts, while the acoustic series will feature saxophonists David Mott and Kirk MacDonald, and cellist Matt Brubeck with pianist David Braid. The Jazz Sub-Pop-Terranean Series presents Montreal improv instrumental trio Torngat; Tallboys, the Brubeck collaboration with guitarist Kevin Breit and drummer Jesse Stewart; and UK sound artist Max Tundra.
Among the headliners for The Late Night Series are Canadian keyboard giant Doug Riley, Paul Cram’s Guerrilla Vacation, Montreal pianist Marianne Trudel, and Montreal saxophonist Christine Jensen’ and her quartet. Local music showcases include a CD launch by veteran bassist Jamie Gatti, the all-star collaboration TONIC, and Doris Mason’s Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ATLANTIC JAZZ FESTIVAL 2007
Friday July 13: Bill Frisell with Joey Baron & Tony Scherr, Jerry Granelli’s V16
Saturday July 14: Mamani Keita & Nicholas Rapac, Louis Mhlanga, Kojo, Zumbi, Ellen Mcilwaine, Torngat, CMW Faculty Concert
Sunday July 15: Slavic Soul Party, Hylozoists, Synchronics, Dave James’ Jazz Hoods, Paul Cram’s Guerilla Vacation, Bill Brennan, Roy Patterson
Monday July 16: Hugh Masakela, Havanafax, Clas Larsson, Jamie Gatti CD Release, See Through Trio, Andy Milne & Jon Ballantyne, Horsepower Blues, Brandi Disterheft Trio
Tuesday July 17: Downchild Blues Band, Morgan Davis, Shirley Jackson & Good Rockin’ Daddies, Tonic, Andy Milne & Dani Oore, Marianne Trudel & Richard Whiteman, Uncle Fester & Fresh Kils’ Tonic Remixed, Doug Riley Quintet
Wednesday July 18: Beyond the Pale, Talhambra, KC and the Sunshine Men, Scott ‘n’ the Rocks, Doris Mason’s Ella Fitzgerald Tribute, Language Arts, Christine Jensen Quartet, Brubeck/Braid, Barry Romberg’s Random Access Quartet, Tonic
Thursday July 19: Salsa Picante, Mr. Something Something, Tom Daniels, Sillan & Young, Simon Fisk, Dan Weiss Trio, V16 / Sanctuary, Tallboys, Doug Riley Quintet
Friday July 20: Canefire, Afromusica, Los Primos Big Band, Holly Carr / Men With Gloves, Andy Cragg Nonet, Barriomatic Trust, Murley/Davidson/Braid Quintet, Joel Harrison & Harvest, Max Tundra, V16
Saturday July 21: Gypsophilia, El Viento Flamenco, Tuesday Night Big Band, Chebucto Big Band, Big Valley Swing Orchestra, Tthunderbolts, CMW Showcase with Howard Levy / Greg Amirault Quartet, Soul Jazz Orchestra & People Project
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