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Jazz Sudbury bringing Joe Sealy and Africville Suite to Place des Arts

It’ll assist mark 2023 Black Historical past Month in Sudbury

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New yr, new programming. Identical nice leisure.

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Jazz Sudbury is preparing for its inaugural 2023 Black Historical past Month celebration, Feb. 25. This version to the Jazz Sudbury calendar guarantees to be a charming occasion that options Order of Canada composer/pianist Joe Sealy.

Africville Tales is Joe Sealy’s new presentation that builds on his Juno award-winning Africville Suite. Africville Tales will current lesser-known poignant and uplifting new tales concerning the individuals and their group.

Established in 1847, “Africville” was nestled on the shores of the Bedford Basin on the north finish of Halifax and was Canada’s oldest black group till it was razed within the late 1960’s as an “city enchancment” measure.

Africville needed to overcome a mess of challenges however managed to outlive for greater than a century, till the ultimate constructing was demolished in 1970. The tales surrounding George Dixon, Joe Louis, Portia White and Duke Ellington mix to create the legacy of this distinctive Canadian group.

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For greater than 5 many years Sealy has loved a profitable profession as a musician, actor, composer, music director and recording artist. Throughout this time, he has been featured on quite a few tv reveals, toured all through North America and Europe, and labored with many main names within the leisure business.

Some notable milestones embrace six months on the highway with Blood, Sweat and Tears; a 19-concert tour of Africville Suite, together with an look on the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; plus, a 20-city nationwide tour of Timothy Findlay’s Piano Man’s Daughtertogether with Veronica Tennant and Sylvia Tyson.

Becoming a member of Sealy is the esteemed Jackie Richardson, one in every of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues, and jazz. Identified internationally for her performances by ella on the live performance stage, nightclubs, display and recording studio, her musical profession by ella has been enriched by quite a few performances with Celine Dion, Maureen Forrester, Anne Murray, Oliver Jones, Martha Reeves, and Mavis Staples.

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Integral to the night is famend bassist, producer, educator, and established Movie/TV composer Paul Novotny. Along with being the producer of Joe Sealy’s Juno Award-winning (1997) “Africville Suite”, author of the orchestral theme for CBC’s “The Nationwide” and “The Hour”, Novotny has carried out with artists akin to Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer , Junior Mance, Don Thompson and Tommy Banks.

Accompanying these artists will probably be veteran drummer Daniel Barnes and proficient saxophonist Alison Younger. Each musicians are extremely skilled and notable performers inside Canada’s jazz scene.

“We’re excited to be returning to the gorgeous Place des Arts for Jazz Sudbury’s first live performance of the yr,” stated competition director Louis Simão. “We invite our core viewers and newcomers alike to expertise what guarantees to be a night of unbelievable music and storytelling that celebrates and brings to life this vital a part of Canadian historical past.”

There can even be a digital workshop/Q&A on Feb. 21 at 8:30 am along side Sudbury Secondary College and different taking part faculties.

Tickets for Africville Tales will probably be accessible on the Locations des Arts field workplace. For full particulars about Jazz Sudbury, go to www.jazzsudbury.comor www.fb.com/JazzSudbury/. Scholar pricing will probably be accessible with a sound pupil ID.

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