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Canto-jazz is a unique fusion of the two musical styles

Music lovers, critics as well as performers, have long complained about a soulless Canto-pop scene, where "k songs"- numbers created with karaoke renditions in mind - have come to define the genre.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 9:12am

Blue Notes: Danilo Rea; and Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio

The Umbria Jazz Festival, which has its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the greatest annual musical events of its kind in the world.

9 Jun 2013 - 3:00pm

Tokyo swing

It's a weeknight and there's a full house at Tokyo jazz club b-Flat. The drinks are flowing, and people are letting their hair down after a busy day at work.

28 Apr 2013 - 3:44pm

Blue Notes: Derek Watkins remembered

The deaths of jazz musicians often feature on the obituary pages of British newspapers, but the late trumpeter Derek Watkins could be the first to have made the obituary column in the satirical magazine Private Eye.

21 Apr 2013 - 3:17pm

Arts reviews

About three quarters of the way through this celebration by the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra of the percussive aspects of big band jazz, Drum Jam founder Kumi Masunaga sashayed on to the stage beating one of her collection of hand drums, and took over the show.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:59pm

Karen Mok's 20 years as Hong Kong's golden girl

At the end of a long day of interviews, Karen Mok Man-wai saunters through the Hong Kong offices of Universal Music wearing an army green jacket, grey high-top sneakers and a fuchsia Shiatzy Chen dress with qipao details. Somehow, she has ample energy for one final chat about her English and Mandarin jazz album, Somewhere I Belong, and her upcoming film, Man of Tai Chi.

28 Jan 2013 - 11:07pm

Karen Mok's debut jazz album: Somewhere I Belong

The wait is finally over. Singer-actress Karen Mok Man-wai's first jazz album titled Somewhere I Belong is finally coming out on Friday next week (January 18).

"This is jazz music but with a touch of Chinese-ness," she said.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:49am

Blue Notes: ECM releases material from the vault

ECM founder Manfred Eicher appears to have spent a fair part of last year sorting through boxes in the label's huge tape vault.

Having released more than 1,300 albums since making its debut with Mal Waldron's Free at Last in 1969, ECM has a long-established policy of documenting its artists both in the studio and in concert, with audiophile-quality recordings.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:04pm

Blue notes: Hong Kong jazz year in review

Looking back over the jazz year in Hong Kong, the most memorable gigs included two recent ones: the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet's late-November performance at the Academy for Performing Arts, and the Ned Kelly's Last Stand 40th Anniversary Night earlier this month.

4 Jan 2013 - 6:16pm

Blue notes: Christmas jazz

Although Christmas songs started playing in Hong Kong's shopping malls around mid-November, I hadn't felt particularly in the spirit until last Saturday when I flew to Singapore for pianist Jeremy Monteiro's "Jazzy Christmas! Duets" concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall, an annual tradition returning after a two-year hiatus.

23 Dec 2012 - 12:57pm