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Jazz

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

Saxophonist Chuen SH performs at the Hong Kong Green Jazz Festival, launched last year in the Cattle Depot Artist Village.

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

Italian jazz pianist Danilo Rea.

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

The Tokyo Jazz Festival draws the fans with both international and Japanese performers.

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

Derek Watkins

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

Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra:We Got Rhythm, Let's Swing & Drum

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

"When the right opportunity [to become a jazz singer] came around, which is now, I just took it."

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

Mok: "used to being different".

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

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek figures often in ECM album releases.

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

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet gave one of the gigs of the year.

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

Jeremy Monteiro

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

Ned Kelly's Last Stand marks 40th birthday by backing Operation Santa Claus

Santa's Last Stand at Ned Kelly's, which celebrates its 40th birthday on Tuesday, raised cash for Operation Santa Claus. Photo: David Wong

It will be a big night for jazz music in Hong Kong when Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, turns 40 on Tuesday.

It has become such an institution that you sometimes forget live jazz this good is performed there every night of the week, and can be heard for nothing more than the price of a beer.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

Blues Notes

Roxy Music founder and vocalist Bryan Ferry doesn't sing on his new album,The Jazz Age. Photo: Corbis

As 2012 draws to a close, let's look back at the outstanding albums of the year. I'm still mulling over my list of the best and worst in jazz and blues, but I have no doubt about which is the oddest.

9 Dec 2012 - 2:21pm

Dave Brubeck, pioneering jazz pianist-composer, dies aged 91

Dave Brubeck plays in 2008.

Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who tinkered masterfully with rhythm and style and won millions of new fans around the world for the genre, has died of heart failure.

Brubeck died on Wednesday, a day shy of his 92nd birthday, at a hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, manager Russell Gloyd said.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:33am

Blue Notes: Asian All-Stars Power Quartet and Jazzy Christmas

Blue Notes: Asian All-Stars Power Quartet and Jazzy Christmas

Last Sunday night Londoners got a rare opportunity to hear a band comprising four of Asia's finest jazzmen. Our own Eugene Pao on guitar, Singapore's Jeremy Monteiro on Nord C1 organ, Thailand's Hong Chanutr Techatana-nam on drums, and saxophonist Tots Tolentino from the Philippines are collectively the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet. They were appearing at one of London's top jazz venues, the Dean Street Pizza Express, as part of the annual London Jazz Festival.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:47pm

Blue Notes: Strong new sets from Brad Mehldau Trio and Metheny's Unity Band

Brad Mehldau

Where Do You Start? is the Brad Mehldau Trio's second album release this year, and an extension of the first.

Ode, which came out in March, consisted entirely of original compositions by pianist Mehldau, written specifically with the unique capabilities of his most regular collaborators in mind.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:03pm

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