Jazz & Blues
Jazz and blues come to Charlottetown in a festival of
performances June 11-14. Approximately twenty shows
will feature regional and Canadian jazz and blues performers,
plus some world beat, at intimate venues around town.
Highlighting the festival will be a performance by saxophone
artist Bucky Adams. A consummate musician and prolific
composer, Bucky has been guest artist with the prestigious Nova
Scotia Mass Choir since 1993. In past years Bucky has had
the opportunity to share music with jazz greats such as Louis
Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Count Basie and Oscar
Also playing during the festival is the Glamour Puss Blues Band,
winners of the 1998 ECMA for Blues/Gospel Artist of the Year.
This group has played extensively in the Atlantic provinces,
Quebec and the Magdalene Islands performing a unique brand of
Worldbeat music will be represented by the six-piece showband
Afro-Musica from Halifax. They combine traditional and
contemporary African sounds and rhythms and express them through
music and dance. Bandleader Edo-King has developed the
Afro-Musica experience to showcase his vision of world unity
through the universal appeal of music. An Afro-Musica
performance has a largely original repertoire delivered in a
multitude of languages and a stage show featuring various forms
of African dance.
These performers will be featured in major concerts at the Arts
Guild from June 11-13. Other groups to play at the
Festival are Mark Green Blues, Isaac Blewitt Cooper, Double
Cross Blues, Eileen Joyce Blues and Dysfunctional Blues.
Venues include Island Rock Cafe, D'Arcy McGee's, Baba's Lounge,
Route 66 and Barney's Restaurant. Tickets are available at Back
Alley Discs, Reading Well Bookstore, Tweel's Gif Shop and Jazz
& Blues Society (569-4049)