July 3, 2014 12:38 pm
Updated: July 3, 2014 1:07 pm

Friday July 4th on The Morning News


The TD Halifax Jazz festival  is a chance to see big name acts, along with up and coming performers.    It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about different forms of jazz music – no matter your age or musical ability.  Imagine a free percussion lesson on Theodore Tugboat? At 6:45 we’ll talk with board of directors chair, Olga Manzoni about all of the other elements the TD Halifax Jazz Fest has to offer.

The Lee Boys are no stranger to Nova Scotia audiences. The Florida-based soul group have played here many times over the years. In fact, they were scheduled to appear at the 2014 Stan Rogers Folk Festival, but thanks to Hurricane Arthur, they are stranded here in Halifax for the weekend, until their appearance at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival next week. We’ll talk with the Florida-born brothers at 7:15 about the role the church played in their music and how their father and grandfather taught them everything they know. These boys know soul, and they’ll get you dancing in no time.

It takes about 450 volunteers to make the TD Halifax Jazz Fest a success every year.   At 7:45 we chat with volunteer coordinator Kathleen Higgins about what it takes to recruit so many people, what they do, and why so many keep coming back year after year.

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He may have been born and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, but Kayo Guevarra does not operate on island time. Now based in Halifax, the ambitious young rapper has big plans for himself, both professionally and personally. You can catch Kayo Saturday night at The TD Halifax Jazz Festival but first you can catch him at 8:15 on The Morning News!

And to wrap up our TD Halifax Jazz Festival Celebration, at 8:45 we’ll get a preview of the Nova Scotia Super Soul Review. The all-female group will be taking the stage on Wednesday and will feature the vocal-styling of six of Nova Scotia’s most talented blues singers. We’ll talk with one of those ladies, Erin Costelo about the group and hear a sneak peak of a song they’ll perform next week.

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