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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 – Wednesday

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

  • Oct 17 – The Hem Trio
  • Oct 24 – Wentzell/Burton
  • Oct 31 – Shrimp Daddy and Justin St-Laurent
  • Nov 7 – Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé
  • Nov 14 – Karlene

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Oct 18 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Oct 25 – Patrick Drake (Vintage rock)
  • Nov 1 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Nov 8 – Lawrence Maxwell (All Genres)
  • Nov 15 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

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

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

  • Oct 19 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Oct 26 – Almasy (All Genres)
  • Nov 2 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Nov 9 – Kylie Fox (All Genres)
  • Nov 16 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

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

The HEM Trio – Thu Oct 17 (Jazz)

The HEM Trio delves into jazz and groove music with original songs composed by guitarist Geordie Haley ,bassist Tom Easley and drummer Andrew Miller .

8 pm

Cover $5

The Conquer Alls – Sat Oct 19 (Ska/Reggae/Rockabilly)

The ConquerAlls have been setting dancefloors around Nova Scotia aflame since 2017. This seven-piece band plays the best of first and second-wave ska, with a bit of reggae, rockabilly, and Northern soul thrown in for good measure. Their tight rhythm section, killer horns and engaging and entertaining vocal performance have showgoers up and skanking faster than you can shout “2 Tone!”, as audiences at The Seahorse, Gus’s, Menz/Molly’s, Paddy’s and the Wolfville Apple Blossom Festival can attest. The ConquerAlls’ frenetic ska sound builds on the band members’ rock, reggae, classical and jazz chops, and the band features former members of The Flashing Lights, Dr. Skankworthy, The October Game, Forbidden Dimension and charity fundraisers The Soda Shoppe Gang.

8:30 pm

Cover $6

Wentzell Burton Haley Trio – Thu Oct 24 (Jazz)

From the heart of Halifax, rises this unique, boutique vintage sounding soul jazz trio that is eager to create a great musical vibe for you next event, and party. The Sound of the band centers around the classic Hammond B3 Organ, performed by Trevor Wentzell, joined with drummer David Burton and guitarist Geordie Haley let this trio take you back in time, a time when jazz and blues was hot, and the music was funky!
Trevor is a multi-instrumentalist, freelance musician and music educator from NS with a passion for the Hammond B3 organ with bass pedals. He is a frequent musical performer/collaborator and recording artist working with Halifax’s finest musicians and has opened for such musical greats as Charles Bradley, John Scofield and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.

David Burton’s Musical career has taken him around the world, backing Canadian Artists like Rita McNeil and Natalie MacMaster and has performed live with Tony Bennet, Sara Vaughan and the great Ella Fitzgerald. His talent and musicianship have granted him priority status with CBC as a drummer, director and arranger. David was nominated Educator of the Year by MIANS in 2005.

Geordie Haley’s guitar versatility puts him in a category all his own. An avid composer, improviser and Educator he has been a feature Artist with new music presenters including Suddenly Listen, Upstream Music and Open arts. Geordie has accompanied Artists such as Christine Duncan and Measha Brueggergosman and has performed with the great drummer, Gerry Granelli. As a leader Geordie has 6 albums of original music. He is a first-call musician.
Put these three musicians together and you have an incredible evening of a soulful jazz vibe, great swing, blues and funk music, paying tribute to the real Greats of the art form while adding their own original music. Looking for an un- forgettable evening? Wentzell Burton Haley can deliver.

8 pm

Cover $5

Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston – Sat Oct 26 (Rock/Roots)

Christine Campbell is a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and bluesy rock vocals. As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows, offering a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance, as well as a bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and impressive jams and solos.
Christine launched her second album, Roller Coaster, in March 2017, a true representation of her diverse influences – from hard rock and 70’s rock to roots and blues.

Blake Johnston, best known as guitar-slinging powerhouse vocalist for The Stogies. Twice finalists at Indie-week, with their last album “Hoot” produced by Jon Landry of “The Stanfields”. Blake has now branched off to showcase his soulful side and has been sharing the stage with Christine Campbell.
Together, they have been making synergistic waves, opening for Jann Arden and Bob Seger. With their dueling guitars, strong vocal harmonies and collaborative songwriting, the two create an incredible experience you won’t forget.

9 pm

Tickets $15 in advanced/$20 at the door .
For tickets and reservations call 902-492-1800

Chicago Blues Duo with Shrimp Daddy and Justin St-Laurent – Thu Oct 31 (Blues)

Michael “Shrimp Daddy” Reid is a journeyman harp player and front man who originally hails from Montreal and has rapidly developed into a driving force in vocalizing, interpreting and writing Chicago and West Coast jump and swing blues. After 15 years in the GTA, Michael moved out east and has been a staple in the East Coast blues scene since then.

He will be joined by young, up and coming Chicago blues man Justin St-Laurent. Growing up in Ottawa, Justin was introduced to the blues whilst living in Halifax by Buck Tingley and has quickly developed into an established player around town. He also plays with Shawn McPherson, young harmonica prodigy from Montreal, and his band where they’ve played various blues festivals around Quebec.

The pair will be playing Chicago-style blues, such as Little Walter, Jimmy Rodgers, and William Clarke in duo form.

8 pm Cover $6

Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé – Thu Nov 7 (Latin Jazz)

The Latin Jazz & Cuban beats are back with Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé! New arrangements of Cuban traditional music meeting contemporary grounds of son, guaracha, cha cha, Latin Jazz & Funk.

M.A.P.A 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.

Enjoy the warm vibes and bright energetic music in the coolest Jazz Live Bar in Halifax’s Downtown Waterfront!

Let´s bring those good old times back and infuse them with modern beats!

8 pm Cover $5

Soul Relations Dance Band – Sat Nov 9 (R&B/Funk/Dance)

A high energy band for your dancing or listening pleasure with a repertoire of Funk, Reggae, R&B, and Rock.

8:30 pm Cover $6

Mojo Alley – Sat Nov 16 (Blues)

Mojo Alley is a Blues band based in Halifax Nova Scotia featuring Charlene Thomas on vocals , Rob Proctor on guitar , Michael Jackson on keys , Tom King on bass , Bill Macleod on drums.

8:30 pm Cover $7

Dan Doiron Band – Sat Nov 30 (Rock/Pop)

A blazing spitfire guitarist with a six-string wall of sound who combines traditional and modern guitar influences with unique lyrics that reflect his views on everyday life that keep audiences engaged at every band and solo show. From straight up pop, to rock, to blues, to soulful ballads with thought provoking lyrics, to high energy humourous tunes, Dan Doiron delivers.

8:30 pm Cover $6

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