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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 & His 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 at Halifax’s longest running Jazz Matinee!

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.

Augusto Enriquez MD
Augusto Enriquez is one of the most well known and charismatic singers and composers of popular music in the Cuban musical panorama. His career as an artist began when after graduating as a doctor of medicine in Havana, he joined one of the most popular music groups in Cuba. With Augusto as the lead singer for “Moncada”, the band began to have considerable success on the national and international stage. The band played many concerts on the world stage. Augusto soon began a solo career which included singing traditional Cuban music, classical tenor and touring with his own show, Augusto Enriquez y su Mambo Orchestra. He has been featured with other such international stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, James Brown and Lou Reed just to name a few. In 2012 Augusto opened the Halifax Jazz Festival where he was featured with Paul Barret’s Back Alley Big Band in a very acclaimed concert. He is a proud member of Los Primos Project organization as a musician, teacher and Cuban coordinator. He is working now together with Jeff Goodspeed (artistic director and creator of Los Primos Project) in the creation of a big summer event for next year – The Halifax International Latin Arts Festival – and, in the near future opening the Halifax Latin Performing Arts Centre that is his biggest quest.

Silvio Pupo
Born in Cuba, now residing in Canada. Silvio Pupo studied classical piano for more than 12 years at the Professional School of Music in Holguin Cuba. Currently living in Atlantic Canada, ” Simply put, Silvio plays beautifully. His technical finesse on the piano and his compositions where borders have no meaning are inspiring., is truly an international musician.

Dave Burton
David Burton has a vast array of recording projects to his credit as composer, producer, musical director and studio musician. He is featured on countless profile endeavours covering a full spectrum of live events and studio recordings. His talent and musicianship have granted him priority status with CBC, not only as a drummer, but also as a musical director and arranger. David excels at versatility – performing all styles of music from jazz to Latin to classical with impeccable timing and intuitive creativity. His career has taken him around the world, backing Canadian artists like Rita MacNeil, Natalie MacMaster, Alannah Myles, David Myles, Measha Bruggergosman and Ian Thomas, to name a few. He has also had the pleasure of performing live with artists like Tony Bennett, Sara Vaughan and, the great, Ella Fitzgerald. David is well established in the jazz world and has showcased his talents at festivals in Montreal, Havana, Portugal, and at home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David is a well-respected educator who inspires young musicians as a teacher and clinician throughout Nova Scotia, as well as in Havana, Cuba, as part of the “Los Primos” Project. He was nominated Educator of the Year by MIANS in 2005.

Jamie Gatti
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Jamie has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical, to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 35 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe. Composer/arranger/producer and now bandleader are his interests at this time.
Gatti moved to Ottawa in 1981 joining the RCMP band. While with that group he toured Canada extensively and around the world performing and recording. He also participated in the Ottawa music scene playing in many jazz clubs, sessions, theatre shows and with a few orchestras.
In 1994 Gatti retired from the RCMP and returned home to Nova Scotia. He presently tours and records with the Barra MacNeils. As well as recording with other Canadian artists, he plays sessions at CBC, with Symphony Nova Scotia and at Neptune Theatre.
Gatti has been nominated for several East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia awards.
Playing all styles of music has filtered into his writing, combining many of these simultaneously. Gatti’s home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alison Enriquez
Multi-talented 16-year old Alison Enriquez from Havana, Cuba, is a grade 12 high school student at Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She is currently Principal second violin with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and Principal second violin of the Dalhousie Orchestra. She also performs (violin and vocals) with Jeff Goodspeed’s Sunday Jazz at Stayner’s Wharf.

Showtime 5 pm No Cover

Audition with Theo MacIntosh – WILL RETURN SEPTEMBER 4th

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 Jazz

  • July 18 – Marcel Amores & Plan Ashe
  • July 25 – Jeff Goodspeed & Dave Staples
  • Aug 1 – Ann Denny
  • Aug 8 – Dilshan Weerasinghe

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • July 19 – Dave Goyetche (All Genres)
  • July 26 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Aug 2 – Patrick Drake – Classic Artists, Classic Songs
  • Aug 9 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

Showtime 5 pm (Unless otherwise stated), No cover (Unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

  • July 20 – Travis Hatcher (All Genres)
  • July 27 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Aug 3 – Travis Hatcher (All Genres)
  • Aug 10 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

Showtime 4:30 pm (Unless otherwise stated) No Cover

Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé – Thu July 18 (Latin Jazz)

Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé brings together diverse and vibrant musicians that put their talent to create a fresh & new sound influenced by Cuban, Spanish and African rhythms that blend with contemporary music.

Ashé: in Yoruba represents the concept of the power to make things happen and produce a change. We say ” Ashé pa´ ti” in Cuba as part of our popular culture to express gratitude, and best of luck to our beloved friends and family.

Come join us for an upbeat night full of energy and great music!
Let´s bring those good all times back and infuse them with modern beats!

8 pm Cover $5


Corey Adams – Sat July 20 (Jazz/R&B)

Corey’s childhood home was adorned with pictures of some of the world’s greatest jazz and rhythm & blues talents. It was filled with spirits of the likes of Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillepsie, Joe Williams, and none other than, Duke Ellington, his grandmother’s third cousin. Corey thinks back to a time when, Mr. Blues Legend himself, B.B. King, played in his family living room after a concert in Halifax.

Corey started his musical career at school at age 11. It didn’t take long before his instructors recognized his talent and advanced his grade level. It was at age 17 that he discovered his most treasured gift — his voice. He made his discovery when he was asked to sing lead in the masse choir at church. He joined his dad, Bucky, at age 16 singing and playing the alto saxophone at some of Halifax’s finest entertainment spots (such as the Middle Deck).

One of Corey’s most outstanding and memorable performances was during a live taping of CBC Radio’s program, “Identities”, when he sang the song, “Feelings”. It was, at that moment, that Corey discovered his dynamic inner ability to dig down and produce a unique, rich, deep, and yet smooth tone that could fill the largest hall. Corey and his father delivered a stunning performance which was among the contributions that led to the CBC to win the Gabriel Award for Broadcasting Excellence.

While living in Toronto, Ontario, Corey performed widely in the city in hotels, jazz clubs, art galleries, private parties, weddings, and concerts. He sings the songs of the all-time greats — Arthur Prysock, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Nat King Cole, and Lou Rawls (to name a few).

Corey performed at the Art Gallery of Ontario with local greats such as John Summer (drummer), Kieran Overs (bassist), Mark Eisenman (pianist), Greg Stone (guitarist), and Perry White (saxophonist). Corey was featured as a guest artist at the Montreal Bistro while performing with the dynamic Steve Kove Trio. Among his other important credits is his duo-recording with Canada’s renowned jazz pianist, Oliver Jones.

Recently Corey performed with Walter Borden at Halifax, Nova Scotia – Neptune’s DuMaurier Theatre in “Four Walls Of Blue” a play written by Jeri Brown.

Corey Adams continues to delight audiences with his smooth deep, rich voice and his engaging and exhilarating performances. He has become a premier executive representative of the vocal jazz and rhythm & blues art

8:30 pm Cover $10


El Balcón @ Stayner’s – Sat Aug 2 (Contemporary Mexican Folk)

Stayner’s Pub is presenting Montreal’s “El Balcón”. Come on out for a night of contemporary Mexican folk. Their diverse world music influences are sure to transport you abroad and make you move!

Listen to their first release :

Showtime  8:30 pm
Cover $5

Alfie Zappacosta-One Night Only! – Sat Aug 10 (Jazz/Contemporary)

Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base. Don’t miss this wonderful evening in an up close and personal setting.

Call Todd or Jesse at Stayner’s Wharf to make your reservations and book your tickets today at 902-492-1800. This is Alfie’s only Halifax show!

9 pm Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door


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