Call­ing mu­sic lovers

Cape Bre­ton Jazz and World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to be held Aug. 7-15


Eight con­sec­u­tive days of jazz and world mu­sic is the prom­ise of the Cape Bre­ton Jazz and World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next month in se­lected spots around Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The fes­ti­val that opens Aug. 7 will fea­ture per­for­mances from Bill Steven­son and Daniel Matto and pre­sen­ta­tions by Cuban and Latin style mu­sic groups such as Ha­vana Fax, with Au­gusto En­riquez and Jeff Good­speed, and Trio Bembe, one of the top Latin mu­sic groups in western Canada.

Cel­e­brat­ing The Blues will be the theme of the open­ing night event, bring­ing to­gether a col­lec­tion of play­ers in­clud­ing blues gui­tarist John Camp­belljohn, the Guilty Party, the Carl Getto Jazz Blues Group, and Steven­son, a blues pi­ano vo­cal­ist from Hal­i­fax.

On Aug. 11, Harold Mabern, who is con­sid­ered one of the great post-bop pi­anists, will join jazz sax­o­phone icon and New Water­ford na­tive Kirk Mac­Don­ald for two in­ti­mate shows at the Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity record­ing stu­dio (ad­ja­cent to the CBU Art Gallery). The shows are sched­uled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Ha­vana Fax ensem­ble will play sev­eral events dur­ing the fes­ti­val, be­gin­ning Aug. 12, when the Los Pri­mos Pro­ject, in con­junc­tion with the lo­cal Is­land to Is­land group present an evening of Cuban mu­sic and art at Fla­vor on the Wa­ter in Syd­ney.

En­riquez and fam­ily and Good­speed and friends are also part of this event.

The Ha­vana Fax ensem­ble will also per­form Aug. 13 at the KOC in New Water­ford and Aug. 14 at the North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney. Lo­cal per­former and Cuban mu­sic stylist Keith Mullins will open both shows.

Another fes­ti­val fea­ture will be a be­bop jazz ensem­ble with Syd­ney na­tive Ethan Ardelli, who is ex­pected to at­tract par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est from lo­cal drum­ming fans. This ensem­ble also in­cludes Prince Ed­ward Is­land bassist Pa­trick Nabur­rus, trum­peter Paul Ty­nan, gui­tarist Jake Han­lon and oth­ers.

The fes­ti­val clos­ing on Aug. 15 will see a day of mu­sic be­gin­ning with a free out­door jazz con­cert at Went­worth Park and con­clude with an evening of mu­sic at the Hearth­stone Inn in the Com­moner Court­yard fea­tur­ing shows by Ha­vana Fax and lo­cal jazz per­form­ers.

Ticket prices for most events will be $15 ad­vance and $20 at the door and go on sale be­gin­ning Mon­day at Gover­nor’s Pub and the Hearth­stone Inn.

Send an email to carl@cape­bre­ton­jaz­zfes­ti­ or phone 902-565-1092 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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