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Famed for playing on A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 80-year-old was the city’s face of jazz.
by Morgan Mullin on July 20, 2021 at 6:42PM
Jerry Granelli, the luminary jazz drummer and improvisational musician, passed away today at his home in Halifax. He was 80. Although Granelli spent two months in hospital earlier this year, he had recovered and was able to give an “Art in Everyday Life” workshop at Halifax Jazz Festival on Sunday, with another workshop booked for next Sunday.
In recent years, Granelli was probably best known for his annual wintertime performances of Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas, a show of music and stories riffing on Granelli being the drummer for A Charlie Brown Christmas. (Long before he moved to Nova Scotia in the Shambhala Buddhist migration of the ‘80s, Granelli was part of the Vince Guaraldi Trio in San Francisco, the pioneering soundtrack-maker that brought jazz to children through songs for Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts crew.) But Granelli was more than a staple in the Halifax music scene.
Rather, the Portia White Prize-winning musician was a touchstone: From inspiring and educating a new generation of musicians with his Creative Music Workshops at the Jazz Festival to helping the improv music hub 1313 Hollis prosper, to many he was the face and spirit of jazz music in this city.
“Jazz is just a reflection of life….Life is improvised, life is uncertain.
Doctor Strang wouldn’t give us any advice, but House of Eights dance studio came through.
by Victoria Walton on July 23, 2021 at 4:13PM
Halifax has been reminiscent of the town from Footloose for the past 16 long COVID months: No hand jives, no twisting and certainly no twerking—at least not in public.
But as of July 14, dance floors at bars and clubs, as well as weddings and parties, have been allowed to reopen. With this, dancers are navigating a new normal, one where you probably shouldn’t make much contact with your dance partner. If this means you need some new moves, keep on reading because we've got you covered.
“You don’t touch nothing, you don’t touch the other person,” says Carolin Mateus, a dance instructor at House of Eights dance studio on Barrington Street in Halifax, of the dance routine she came up with for The Coast.[content-3] [content-2]
Even though Mateus dances in the studio, she misses the vibe of dancing in a club. “In my case. I love dance,” Mateus says. “Of course I teach dance every day, but it is different when you are enjoying [it].”