Free-jazz drummer and mentor extraordinaire, Jerry Granelli has been at the backbone of innovative musical happenings in Halifax for over three decades. Born in 1940 in San Francisco, Granelli’s life-long career has seen collaborations with the likes of Charlie Haden, Allen Ginsberg, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Jay Clayton, tenures at Naropa University and the Jazz Institute of Berlin, and nods from the Junos, the Grammy Awards, the National Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Needless to say, his history has become the stuff of local lore, though it’s Granelli’s present-tense mentality and relentless inventiveness that have proved a vital source of inspiration for generations of Halifax musicians. Performing a special set for solo percussion entitled ‘Dragon’s Thunder’, we’re deeply honoured to be hosting this inimitable figure.
Senyawa + Jerry Granelli + Colin Fisher @ Fort Massey Church | May 25th | $20a/$25d