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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902-565-1092 for more information.