Category: music

Vinyl Night with Obsolete Records!

September 12, 2017

Vinyl Night spins off again this week with Ian Fraser of Obsolete Records playing a mix of funk, soul, r&b, jazz + instrumental hip-hop! Thurs. Sept 14, 8:30-11pm, No Cover!

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Live Jazz: Will Paynter w/ Martha Kelly!

September 5, 2017


Willem Paynter and his standup bass are back this Wed, Sept 6 w/ the silky smooth vocals of Martha Kelly!

Joining them are maestro Geordie Haley on guitar & Tom “First Call” Roach on drums.

Come hear Martha belt out powerful versions of American Songbook standards and more! 8-11pm! No Cover!

For The Record: Curated Vinyl Aug 31!

August 30, 2017

Get ready for more excellent vinyl at Obladee on Thurs, Aug 31!

Ryan Delehanty is here with his coveted stash of spinnables (we hear there will be French pop…! ) Prepare votre selves for serious grooviness!

8:30, FREE!

Miles Davis Tribute!

August 21, 2017

Miles Davis at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 1986

Join us Wed Aug 23 for a special edition of Jazz Night! Fresh off a 7-week tour with Walk Off the Earth, James Ervin will take up the role of Miles Davis!

One of the most acclaimed figures in jazz history, Miles was at the forefront of modern music his entire career. The band will be exploring his work from the late 1940’s to 1969.

Willem Paynter – Bass & Host
James Ervin – Trumpet
Trevor Wentzell – Keys, Sax, Flute
Mike Carroll – Drums

8-11pm & No cover!!

Live Jazz! Willem Paynter with: James Shaw, Trevor Wentzell, Matt Thauvette

August 8, 2017

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Wed, Aug 9, 8-11pm! Maestro James Shaw, the iconoclast Trevor Wentzell + anchor Matt Thauvette will join host Willem Paynter for Jazz Night!

James leads the Vesuvius Big Band, one of the hottest acts in the city, and performs in a multitude of bands throughout Halifax.

Trevor is a Halifax music scene mainstay appearing w/ bands like The Chronos Band, Zimgars and plenty of others.

You may recognize Matt from his gigs with Mo Kenney , Adam Baldwin, Young River … the list goes on!

This promises to be an exciting night with some very experienced young musicians! And it’s FREE!

FOR THE RECORD: Curated Vinyl Night at Obladee!

July 25, 2017

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Something a lil different for our fellow music-lovers… FOR THE RECORD! Curated vinyl nights every 2nd Thurs from rotating hosts with serious taste in tunes and fat record collections.

1st up: Bryan Steiss! Bryan would like to rid the world of Top 40 and replace it with world, alt-hip hop, jazz-rap and funk. Check out his picks this Thurs, July 27 @ 8pm !

Live Jazz! Mike Murley & Willem Paynter

July 24, 2017
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Mike Murley

This Wed, July 26 we’ve got Canadian music legend Mike Murley ! Mike is a 12-time (yep, TWELVE time) Juno winner, and one of Canada’s most celebrated and well-respected jazz artists!

Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981 Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum.

Recordings with legendary Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire.

On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti.

Don’t miss Mike along with host and bassist Willem Paynter next Wed, July 26! 8-11pm! FREE!!

Partnered Stage for Jazz Fest!

July 10, 2017

We’re thrilled to be an official partnered stage for the 2017 Halifax Jazz Fest!

We have a stellar lineup of exceptional musicians, playing for you up-close and personal in our music-lovin’ little spot. If you love experiencing jazz this way, pop by! All gigs are  FREE:

Wed, Jul 12 8-11. Jeff Mosher Trio

Thurs, Jul 13 9-12. Bill Stevenson Trio

Fri, Jul 14 9-12. Geordie Haley, Dave Burton, Jamie Gotti

Sat, Jul 15 9-12. Willem Paynter Trio

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Live Jazz with Will Paynter – June 28!

June 27, 2017
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Credit: Topher And Rae

Join us this Wed June 28th 8-11pm for what’s quickly becoming an institution in the Halifax music scene – Jazz Night at Obladee! 🎵

The wildly entertaining Willem Paynter hosts the best musicians – local + abroad – to entertain us all with high-energy, virtuosic performances.

This week, Willem’s award-winning trio featuring Martin Davidson (sax) + Brendan Melchin (drums) return to their stomping ground to play some new killer arrangements, featuring the music of Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins, Melissa Aldana and Sam Anning.

Did we mention it’s FREE!? See you there, daddy-os!

Live Jazz with Steve Amirault

June 18, 2017

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Wed, June 21, 8-11pm join host Willem Paynter for a special night of live jazz night with Toronto based musical sensation Steve Amirault. This highly accomplished jazz pianist will captivate any audience with his virtuoso technique and intriguing pianistic flare.

Nova Scotia-born, Steve is one of the most accomplished artists in Canada. Coming up on his third anniversary of living in Toronto, the Juno award-winning pianist/vocalist has just released his 6th album,“Hold On, Let Go,” to critical acclaim. A St.F.X. Jazz Studies graduate, Steve’s talents have taken him around the world, where he has shared the stage with the who’s who of jazz. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this fantastic musician.

“Steve Amirault is an exceptional artist!” Raul da Gama, The Whole Note.

Joining Mike will be host Willem Paynter on standup bass, Alison Young on sax and Dave Burton on drums! FREE