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TD Halifax Jazz Festival: Willem Paynter & Nicola Miller

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August 14

Willem Paynter – ECMA Nominated (Jazz Recording of the Year) Bassist and Bandleader Willem Paynter is leading the charge putting Halifax on the map. Winner of the Coast’s “Best Of Jazz Artist” in 2018 (GOLD), 2017 (BRONZE) and 2016 (GOLD), Willem has played a central role in expanding the Halifax jazz music scene. His bi-weekly engagement at Obladee Wine Bar showcases the best in Canadian talent, with bands that have included Mike Murley, Steve Amirault, André LeRoux, Kenji Omae, Alison Young and countless other amazing jazz musicians. Recently nominated for the Stingray Rising Star Award, his debut EP “City Grit” was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia, and his most recent release, “Wise Guy”, is nominated for the 2018 East Coast Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.

Nicola Miller is a jazz performer, composer, and music educator currently based in Chester Basin, NS. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus is the alto saxophone. Nicola’s lush, melodic compositions stretch toward the avant-garde while maintaining an accessibility that appeals to a multitude of listeners.

In October, Nicola will head to Berlin Germany to pursue a Masters degree in jazz composition at the Jazz Institute Berlin. She holds a degree in music education from McGill University, and a BA in jazz performance from Humber college, where she studied with Pat LaBarbera, Mark Promane, Kirk MacDonald, and Don Thompson. While living in Toronto, Nicola collaborated and performed with a number of musicians involved in the city’s experimental jazz/folk scene including Eric Chenaux, Jennifer Castle, Doug Tielli and Ryan Driver. She recently appeared on The Morgan Zwicker Jazz Project – Phase Shift.

The Community Virtual Series is Presented by Support 4 Culture – Join us on our YouTube channel for this Free performance.


DateAugust 14
Time7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
TagsTD Halifax Jazz Festival
Event CategoryFestivals



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