The eminent gangsta rap superstar Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Calvin Broadus) turned in a good performance of his own in Halifax on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. However, his backline didn’t measure up, the sound quality at the venue was awful, and the performances of both opening acts were almost entirely without merit.
Kenny Garrett, the 49-year-old Detroit-native, Miles Davis alum and alto sax legend, blew the roof off the tent during the festival’s opening night. His quartet, made up of electric bass, drums, keyboards (Hammond B3 + synths) and alto sax, rocked the house with a whole night of simple, solid, bluesy tunes.
Alive and Well is the name of a seminal jazz trio originally founded in the Halifax area in the 1980s. Comprised of alto saxophonist Donnie Palmer, drummer Jerry Granelli, and bassist Skip Beckwith, the group assembles three of our region’s most highly respected jazz artists.
Musical group The Modern Men performed selections from their recently-recorded CD in Halifax tonight. The group is based in Halifax and Toronto, and this marked one of their few public performances together on stage.