I’ve been a full-time, stay-at-home dad to our daughter and two sons since 2004; with both boys now firmly in the terrible twos, I’ve found myself questioning if I’m destined to keep any shred of my sanity by the time they reach school age.
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.
This year’s festival was an embarrassment of musical riches. I’m terribly proud to have played a small role in presenting it and I look forward to next year’s events.
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.