Friday, September 9, 2011

                 HONG KONG NEWS ...


The coming of September heralds a wonderful musical event for Hong Kong: the HK International Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place over eight days from 25 September to 2 October. Over 300 musicians will come from 24 countries on six continents to offer over 60 performances, workshops and exhibitions designed not only for lovers of jazz but also for fans of other musical genres.

In addition to traditional and modern jazz offerings, audiences will be thrilled by flamenco and gypsy swing, folk and ethnic music, capella concerts and the full range of what is known as ‘world music’. Performers include Poncho Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Ted Lo, Freddy Cole (Nat King’s youngest brother), Maria João and many others. Ensembles include the Kurt Rosenwinkel Standard Trio from the USA, Chico and the Gypsies from France, the Stouxingers from Germany, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and many others. Language will certainly not be a problem… for the international language of music will be heard all over Hong Kong during those exciting days.

In addition to the musical performances, scheduled to be held in a variety of locations, there will be musical workshops and an exhibition of photographs chronicling the many tours and performances of luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and others.

Many of the Jazz Festival events will be free, while ticketed events will carry deep discounts for seniors and students.

Posted on Friday, 9th September, 2011


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