Workshops & Concerts: all about improvisation

Since Jerry Granelli’s death in July of 2021 the 1313 Music Association continues the work of sustaining Jerry’s original mission. The goal is to provide space and opportunity for a vital and sustainable musical and artistic community in Nova Scotia, to promote the importance of openness in all aspects of the creative process and to promote musical education that is rooted in the fundamental elements thereof.

The 1313 Music Association is operated by a core group of Jerry’s long-time Halifax-based collaborators and students. In recent years 1313 has presented the Creative Music Labs, the Creative Music Ensemble, the Facing the Future Concert Series, the Jazz Repertoire Class, Sound+Motion: The Creative Process and the Heart of Improvisation Concert and Workshop Series.


2024 Jerry Granelli Teaching Mentorship Application
At the Creative Music Workshop

Dartmouth, NS  July 6-14, 2024
Sponsored by 1313 music, presented by Halifax Jazz Festival

Application Deadline: May 20, 2024
Notification by: June 3, 2024

1313 Music welcomes applications to the Jerry Granelli Teaching Mentorship (formerly the Jerry Granelli Teaching Fellowship) program as part of the 2024 Creative Music Workshop (CMW). The Jerry Granelli Teaching Mentorship is intended as an opportunity for artists of any discipline with an active teaching practice to learn about the core teaching philosophy of the CMW. Mentees will participate in the CMW, attend faculty discussions and planning meetings, assist the CMW faculty when required, and receive individualised mentorship from director J. Anthony and the CMW faculty. The Jerry Granelli Teaching Mentorship is not a training program, rather it is an opportunity to connect with and learn from CMW faculty and gain insight into the CMW methodologies. The JGTM is open to alumni of the CMW and to the larger improvised music and movement community. 


The Jerry Granelli Teaching Mentorship includes:

  • Free access to the Creative Music Workshop  
  • The opportunity to work directly with the CMW faculty throughout the workshop, including observation of faculty meetings and discussions
  • Post-workshop debrief with core CMW faculty
  • Possible performance opportunities 
  • Halifax Jazz Festival All Events Pass

Who should apply? 

  • Musicians or artists from any discipline with a background in improvisation and an active teaching practice 
  • Individuals willing to work as a member of a team 
  • Individuals who are creative, flexible, adaptive and possess strong interpersonal skills 
  • Artists who are available to be in the Halifax Regional Municipality for the entire workshop period (July 6-14, 2024)
  • Familiarity with the CMW is an asset, but not a requirement.

2015 CMW Faculty Concert @ 1313 in Halifax featuring Michael Blake (sax), Jerry Granelli (drums), J. Granelli (bass)

Excerpts from CMW 2018:

Peggy Lee’s CMW String Ensemble featuring Phineas Lambert Stewart (violin), Kelvin Mansaray (violin), Joesie Palmer (violin) and Peggy Lee (cello).

Grass North Rocksteady @ 1313 featuring J. Granelli (bass), Michael Blake (saxophone), Ross Burns (guitar), Andrew Jackson (trombone), Matt Myer (keys), Paul Keddy (drums)

Jerry Granelli’s Dance Hall featuring Robben Ford (guitar) as well as Michael Blake (sax), J. Granelli (bass), Christian Kögel (guitar), as well as Paul St-Amand (trumpet), Chris Mitchell and James Shaw (saxophones).


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