The luminary jazz drummer and improvisational musician, Jerry Granelli passed away July 20 2021, at his home in Halifax. Granelli was age 80 when he passed on.
Granelli had spent two months in hospital, battling with health complications earlier this year, but he recovered and was able to give an “Art in Everyday Life” workshop at Halifax Jazz Festival on Sunday, with another workshop booked for next Sunday.
Jerry was the last surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio that recorded the iconic 1965 album.
”In recent years, Granelli was probably best known for his annual wintertime performances of Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas, a show of music and stories riffing on Granelli being the drummer for A Charlie Brown Christmas. (Long before he moved to Nova Scotia in the Shambhala Buddhist migration of the ‘80s, Granelli was part of the Vince Guaraldi Trio in San Francisco, the pioneering soundtrack-maker that brought jazz to children through songs for Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts crew.) But Granelli was more than a staple in the Halifax music scene.
Rather, the Portia White Prize-winning musician was a touchstone: From inspiring and educating a new generation of musicians with his Creative Music Workshops at the Jazz Festival to helping the improv music hub 1313 Hollis prosper, to many he was the face and spirit of jazz music in this city.
“Jazz is just a reflection of life….Life is improvised, life is uncertain. It’s not solid. It’s not permanent,” Granelli—who had been battling health issues since late last year—told the CBC in December 2020.” The Coast, Halifax’s Weekly posted on Facebook.
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