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Once you’ve enjoyed your dinner, stay and take in some of the best live music Halifax has to offer. Each week, Stayner’s presents artists from here and away performing jazz, blues, soul and pop. And Sunday? Ahhhh… Sunday. Jeff Goodspeed hosts a matinee from 5-9 featuring a variety of musicians from Halifax’ thriving Jazz community.

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Sunday Matinee’s – Jeff Goodspeed’s Ultimate Band of Super Heroes (Jazz) 5 – 9 pm

Join us each Sunday afternoon at 5:00 for a wonderful musical spectrum of tunes and players hosted by Jeff Goodspeed.

Born in Truro, NS, Jeff’s musical education includes Berklee College of Music in Boston, Acadia University and Toronto’s Humber College of Music. He has followed a career as a freelance musician and teacher, spending 3 yrs in the RCMP band and 2 yrs with Roger Whittaker. Jeff has worked with Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Rich Little, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and many others.

While in Toronto for 10 yrs he had the opportunity to perform with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Guido Basso Orchestra, and was in the pit bands for Cats, Crazy For You and other shows. Since returning to NS in ’92 he has been very busy with Jazz Education and leading his own groups. In 1996, he and Dave Staples won the East Coast Music Award for best jazz recording for their CD entitled ‘Eastern Passage’.

He is the founder of the Los Primos cultural exchange between music students in NS and Cuba and has created a professional jazz band with musicians from Havana and Halifax. This group, HavanaFax, won the ECMA for best jazz recording in 2004. Currently, Jeff stays busy as director of the new music arts program at the Waterfront Campus of the NSCC, teaching jazz clinics and playing with the many talented Maritime musicians.

Showtime 5 pm No Cover

Holly Marie – Tuesday Evenings (All Genre’s)

Holly Marie is a 21-year-old signed TMG Ent. Singer/model from Dartmouth NS who has toured nationally with the Harlem Globetrotters, opened for and worked with many famous artists such as Hopsin, JRDN, and Kaleb Simmonds.

She’s currently working on her album along with the soundtrack she wrote for the new film “Same Nightmare” that will be hitting the international film festival circuit this fall.
Along with her work on stage Holly also was an anthem singer for many games at the Scotia Bank Centre, and her genres range everywhere from Indie, pop, and R’n’B all the way to country so her acoustic sets can accommodate everyone.

Brent Trollope will be accompanying Holly. Brent is a former musician from the Halifax based rock band LevyStep, and he has recorded an album in Toronto.

Showtime 7:00 pm No Cover

Audition with Theo MacIntosh – Wednesday’s (All Genre’s)

Audition w/ Theo MacIntosh!
Theo MacIntosh has assisted in getting gigs for many musicians that went on to perform regular solo and band gigs all over HRM.
You could be the next big thing!
Come on down and Audition with Theo.

7:30 pm No cover

Thursday Night Groove

  • May 31 – Lacewood
  • June 7 – TBA
  • June 14 – Daniel Matto
  • June 21 – Halifax Trombone Summit
  • June 28 – TBA
  • July 5 – TBA

Showtime’s 8 pm Cover $5 (Unless Otherwise stated)

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genre’s)

  • May 25 – Shawn Birt
  • June 1 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 8 – John Campbelljohn
  • June 15 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 22 – Josh Kelly
  • June 29 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 7:30 pm, No cover (Unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • May 26 – Josh Kelly
  • June 2 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 9 – Josh Kelly
  • June 16 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 23 – John Campbelljohn
  • June 30 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Rasta Gumbo – Sat May 26 (Reggae/R&B)

Rasta Gumbo is a seven-piece Rhythm & Blues band that was formed in the mid-nineties by co-front men Bruce Vickery and Stu Mclean. The band consists of musicians who all, at one time or another, have fronted their own projects. Bruce Vickery, lead vocalists and percussionist, along with Andru Lordly on saxophone, co-fronted the popular Canadian Reggae Ska band “The Hopping Penguins” in the 80s and 90s. Vickery also fronted the very successful Halifax dance band “Urban Renewal” in the 90s.

From its inception in the mid-90s, Rasta Gumbo has played a mix of Soul, Funk, Reggae, and Zydeco music that has made them one of the busiest bands on the local Halifax club and Convention scene. Although the band’s mainstay is in Funk and Reggae, they adjust well to any given situation. With a repertoire of over two hundred songs, the band can play anything from Motown to Rock ‘n Roll, as well as Jazz and Rhythm & Blues classics.

From clubs and dancehalls to conventions and weddings, Rasta Gumbo has filled dance floors and entertained crowds for the past ten years with an honest and energetic approach to performing.

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $10

Lacewood – Thu May 31 (Various Genre’s)

LACEWOOD is an original pop country band with a strong focus on song writing. The band may be fairly new but all three members have well established independent music careers. The wealth of experience and diversified skills of these three unique perspectives makes LACEWOOD a very powerful combo!

Dwight Deon – Most widely known as a Canadian Idol top finalist. More than a just a great singer he is an accomplished musician and producer. He is known in the band as the “hook writer” for his consistent ability to come up with memorable melodies.

Lana Grant – A singer songwriter with an impressive catalogue of solo material. Her songs are always heart felt and message driven. Never afraid to think bigger she has used her talents to bring musicians together and for many charitable causes, through projects ranging from cook books to group recordings.

Chris Iannetti – An in-demand musician and producer who has shared the stage with many of the East Coast’s best-known artists. He runs a recording Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is the home base for LACEWOOD writing and production.

Together they have build something greater than the sum of it’s parts and are very excited to share their music with you. Stay tuned!

 

Showtime 8 pm Cover $5

Midtown Blues Band – Sat June 2 (Blues/R&B)

“The MIDTOWN MAN” – A lifelong dream has become reality…Bob Naugler gives you “The MIDTOWN MAN”, his debut CD, with ten Rockin’ Blues and R&B tunes, written from his heart and soul. These tracks are varied and provide you with a glimpse of Bob through his song-writing and composing; and the title track, “The MID-TOWN MAN”, is a snapshot of Bob’s father-in-law’s life’s journey. The MIDTOWN MAN was written over a period of time from 2003 through 2012, with the final modifications made while in the recording studio in 2014. The MID-TOWN MAN was recorded at Shell Lane Studio (Malpeque, PE) with Producer/Engineer Paul Milner in 2014 for Bob Naugler Productions (Halifax, NS).

The Midtown Blues Band are said to have a powerful sound all of their own! The Band performs a variety of original tunes and cover songs in the Blues, Blues-Rock, Rock and R&B genres.

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $5

Asia & NuGruv – Sat June 9 (R&B/Dance)

Hot Gruvs, high energy and a lead singer whose dynamic vocals and soulful, passionate style has the audience dancing in the aisles make Asia and Nu Gruv the freshest R & B dance machine this side of the Big Smoke. If Asia and Nu Gruv don’t make you get up and shake everything you’ve got – it’s time to check your pulse!

A multi talented Halifax-based music ensemble that weaves old school rhythm and blues, soul and funk with contemporary urban rhymes and beats, Nu Gruv draws on influences from Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown, Curtis Mayfield and many others, as the band and lead singer Asia weave an unrivaled environment of dance inducing sound.

Asia & NuGruv are the Proud recipients of the African Nova Scotia Music Associations’s award for “Best Live Performance” and “Best R&B Group/Artist of the Year. Asia and NuGruv were featured in a short film “Believe It” produced by Truce Films.

Asia and Nu Gruv. They’re cool, they’re hot, and they will MAKE YOU DANCE!

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $10

Daniel Matto – Thu June 14 (Jazz)

As an instrumentalist, Daniel performed throughout Australia, Sweden and Finland in big bands and other ensembles. Daniel then realized his true musical passion was singing and went on to study voice at the Australian Conservatory of Music in Sydney.

As a jazz vocalist, Daniel started a lounge-styled band, The Martini Orchestra, one that mixed original songs with tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach and Sinatra. His vocal chops soon caught the attention of some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, including internationally-acclaimed pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, who became something of a mentor. He went on to perform with Yates and MacRae at some high-profile jazz festivals in Australia and New Zealand, and, as a backing singer for Australian star Alex Lloyd, he got to perform in front of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark at the 2005 Red Cross Performance Gala.

When Daniel migrated to Halifax in 2007, the land Down Under waved goodbye to one of its most promising young jazz vocalists. Daniel now calls Halifax home, performing regularly in clubs and festivals on the East Coast. Word of his charm as a performer quickly spread and as a result he performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in their Traditional Pops Series with sold-out concerts across the province.

Daniel showcases a unique style of jazz through original compositions, standards and rarities. His latest album, I’m Old Fashioned, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year in the 2010 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the 2011 East Coast Music Awards.

Showtime 8 pm Cover $5

Halifax Trombone Summit – Thu June 21 (Jazz)

The Halifax Trombone Summit is a powerhouse jazz ensemble of eight of Halifax’s finest trombone professionals backed by a top-notch rhythm section of piano, bass and drums. Featuring the music of such trombone greats as J.J Johnson, Kai Winding, Jiggs Wigham and Alastair Kay, the group has performed to full houses at Stayner’s Wharf, the Halifax TD Jazz Festival, the JazzEast New Standards Series, the Atlantic Festival of Music and the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival with a sound that is altogether unique, powerful and exciting.

The Halifax Trombone Summit Stayners Show includes Dave Staples, Danny Martin, Simon Oakey, Andrew Jackson, Martha Kelly and Pierre DeVillers on trombone with Tom Roach on drums, Ridley Vinson on piano and Tom Easley on bass.

Showtime 8 pm Cover $5

Rasta Gumbo – Sat June 23 (Reggae/R&B)

Rasta Gumbo is a seven-piece Rhythm & Blues band that was formed in the mid-nineties by co-front men Bruce Vickery and Stu Mclean. The band consists of musicians who all, at one time or another, have fronted their own projects. Bruce Vickery, lead vocalists and percussionist, along with Andru Lordly on saxophone, co-fronted the popular Canadian Reggae Ska band “The Hopping Penguins” in the 80s and 90s. Vickery also fronted the very successful Halifax dance band “Urban Renewal” in the 90s.

From its inception in the mid-90s, Rasta Gumbo has played a mix of Soul, Funk, Reggae, and Zydeco music that has made them one of the busiest bands on the local Halifax club and Convention scene. Although the band’s mainstay is in Funk and Reggae, they adjust well to any given situation. With a repertoire of over two hundred songs, the band can play anything from Motown to Rock ‘n Roll, as well as Jazz and Rhythm & Blues classics.

From clubs and dancehalls to conventions and weddings, Rasta Gumbo has filled dance floors and entertained crowds for the past ten years with an honest and energetic approach to performing.

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $10

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