Jazz Club banks on old faces from the past
By ELVEN HO
THE financially-stretched Jazz Club is turning to tried and trusted acts to secure a little guaranteed revenue.
Those heading back to D'Aguilar Street include the doyen of the blues, Jimmy Witherspoon, for the fourth time (September 3 to 12) and trumpeter extraordinaire Guy Barker (September 21 to 26) who will be joined by Georgie Fame (September 27 to October 3),both for the third time.
And then there is the (October 15 to 23) visit by ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who dozed off in the middle of his gig and fell off the stage the last time he played the jazz joint. RAN into Anders Nelsson stalking the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. The promoter said he was trying to bring Kenny G here for concerts in October, although nothing had been signed.
Also in the pipeline for October are concerts by Kathy Dennis, Barry Manilow and Billy Connolly.
PolyGram has announced 2 Unlimited is coming to town from September 3 to 6. Invitations have also been extended to other music celebrities for Hit Radio's award presentation. The list includes Go West, Take That, Jeremy Jordan, and Charles & Eddie.
Don't hold your breath, though.
THE success, commercially and critically, of Stanley Kwan's Centre Stage has also sparked a bout of nostalgia for all things Shanghainese - from its people and places to movies and music.
It is evident in EMI's ambitious CD re-issues of Shanghainese singers, from Bai Kwong to Chang Lo (mother of singer Alex To) to the controversial Lee Hsiang Lan (now a Japanese congresswoman).
FILM industry observers predict Jurassic Park will break through the $40 million mark by the end of its run and emerge the winner in this summer's box office race, where the generally weak Cantonese offerings have lost their dominance.
But the biggest loser could be Columbia Pictures, whose distributor took Sly Stallone's Cliffhanger off the circuit while it was still going strong - it had taken $20 million and had the potential to rake in at least $5 million more - to avoid a head on clash between its next release, Last Action Hero, and Jurassic Park. IF YOU were wondering what was behind the recent Bee Gees karaoke onslaught on our screens, then you might like to meet Pato Leung.
Leung, who acted as Far East promoter for the brothers Gibb on three tours during the early 1970s, used his connections to land a stunning exclusive for Hong Kong in the shape of the first squeak-along-a-Bee Gees disc.
But there's more. The Bee Gees Greatest Karaoke not only features 28 of the lads' greatest hits but also specially released 8-mm film footage of their early days in Manchester as The Rattlesnakes before they emigrated to Australia.