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Digable Planets, Alex Pangman

Jazz Fest day eight


Halifax made some noise with 90s throwback Digable Planets' closing show. Hip hop infused with samples of Art Blakey and Freddie Hubbard, Digable Planets are a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Whether their rapping about Jean-Paul Sartre or sunshine, Digable Planets are cool like dat. They had the entire place off their feet dancing to “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” with horn players from Nomadic Massive. The encore saw a full stage of both bands having the time of their lives and trading off the mic.

Go big or go home. From hip hop to swing, Lord Nelson's late night jazz after party saw Jubilee Swing Orchestra, featuring Halifax's own arranger and clarinet player David Christensen and vocalist Alex Pangman, serenading a collection of incredible swing dancers, well-tailored gentlemen in shirts, ties, suspenders and fedoras twirling around girl's in 1920s dresses – cherry and sailor themed, even. Their big band sound transported listeners into yesteryear, a pairing of mood and whimsy, perfect for a night cap or two.

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