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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

Mike Fagan – Tuesday Evenings July 24 and 31 (Various Genres)

Mike Fagan is a self-taught singer/songwriter and guitarist from Sydney, NS, currently residing in Dartmouth. Getting inspiration from rock and newer Indie and folk music, he has a unique folk/rock style for his originals and cover songs. Some of these inspirations are artists like: Lord Huron, Hey Rosetta!, Matt Mays, Neil Young and Pearljam.

Showtime 7:00 pm No Cover

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

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

  • July 26 – Lacewood (All Genres)
  • Aug 2 – No Music
  • Aug 9 – Daniel Matto (Jazz)
  • Aug 16 – TBA

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • July 20 – Dave Goyetche
  • July 27 – LATE NIGHT PATIO PARTY with DJ Isaac Haze 9:30 pm
  • Aug 3 – No Music
  • Aug 10 – Theo MacIntosh

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

Saturday Matinee – All Genres

  • July 21 – No Music
  • July 28 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Aug 4 – No Music
  • Aug 11 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Lacewood – Thu July 26 (All Genres)

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 8:00 pm Cover $5

Late Night Dance Party with DJ Isaac Haze – Fri July 27

Isaac Haze started djing in 2006, He plays 4×4 house music – deep, funky, soulful, jackin, tech, techno. He’s played night clubs in Chicago/Amsterdam/Detroit/Miami/Montreal/Toronto/Calgary/and all over Atlantic Canada, biggest influence would be Dj Heather, Mark Farina, and Derrick Carter as they carry themselves as true professionals and don’t look down upon anyone and see people as equals.

Isaac has successfully been promoting shows here in Halifax for the last 5 years with his promotion company Hazed Up Entertainment.

Showtime 9:30 pm Cover $5

Daniel Matto – Thu Aug 9 (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 8:00 pm Cover $5

Rendezvous Quartet – Sat Aug 11 (Jazz)

Two incredible young musicians from Cuba studying abroad. Augusto Pedro in Spain and Alison Rocio in Canada. They are products of Cuba’s legendary music education system and the children of one of Cuba’s most loved singers, Augusto Enriquez. Augusto spent 35 years performing all over the world and has now chosen to live in Nova Scotia because like Cuba, we own a piece of paradise.

Jeff Goodspeed is one of the most recognized jazz musicians in Nova Scotia. He and his wife Amara founded Los Primos Project together in 1997 to help with the shortage of instruments in Cuban music schools.

Augusto Pedro Enriquez has been studying music for the past 6 years in Spain and is now completing his Masters at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. He has been featured as a soloist on classical guitar with the Madrid Symphony orchestra. As well as being a guitar master, he has inherited from his father, a voice with power and elegance.

Alison Enriquez just finished her grade 11 after 2 years on scholarship at Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She is the principal 2nd violin in the NS Youth Orchestra and the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra. At 17, Alison sings like a 30-year professional and is now a regular every week at Stayner’s Sunday Jazz.

Alison and Augusto Pedro have not seen each other in over 4 years. Come join the celebration of this Cuban-Canadian Rendezvous in Nova Scotia. A family reunion that will make you laugh and bring a tear to your eye, as they play everything from the Classics to Latin Jazz and traditional Cuban music. This Rendezvous Quartet will bring and arsenal of instruments including violin, electric 5 string violin, classical guitar, electric guitar, Cuban guitar, saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor), flute, EWI, electric bass, percussion and beautiful voices.

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $5

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