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Gypsophilia happy to be home for jazz festival

Jazz lovers can dance the night away tomorrow toenergetic gypsy jazz from one of Halifax’s most popular dance bands.

Jazz lovers can dance the night away tomorrow while listening to energetic gypsy jazz from one of Halifax’s most popular dance bands.

Gypsophilia shows have been heralded as one of the best places to get up and groove locally since the band began performing five years ago.

They take the stage at The Seahorse at 10:30 p.m.

“It’s definitely our bread and butter,” said Ross Burns, one of Gypsophilia’s guitarists. “We love it when people dance, so we’re definately happy when we can get people moving.”

Gypsophilia is performing as part of the Atlantic Jazz Festival, an event that has special meaning to them because that’s where they got their start.

The band members created an ensemble for a festival show in 2004 and were a big hit.

“We had so much fun and people kept asking us when we were playing next,” Burns recalled.

They tried a couple more shows, which sold out, and have been playing together ever since.

Gypsophilia has been touring the country for their newest album Sa-Ba-Da-OW!, which was released June 19. The album is enjoying a third week atop the CHARTattack national jazz and blues chart.

During their Canadian tour they’ve been making their way across the country hitting jazz festivals in all of the major cities. They played before thousands of fans in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa, and in Montreal, performed on the same stage Stevie Wonder did the night before.

But while this success is all great, they’re again looking forward to playing in Halifax for this festival.

“It’s really excellent here. Musicians from away always enjoy coming here and I can see why,” Burns said. “When the whole city is absorbed in music and coming out to support all kinds of different music, it’s really nice.”

 
 
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