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Percussionists

Singer hopes Hongkongers will dig deeper to understand the appeal of jazz

She grew up listening to American jazz legends Billie Holiday and Anita Baker. Now Hong Kong singer Ginger Kwan believes the art of jazz is often misunderstood here.

Monday, 12 September, 2011, 12:00am

Grammy winners to join line-up for this year's international jazz festival

The full line-up and side events of the 4th annual Hong Kong International Jazz Festival has been announced.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong HK City Hall Concert Hall Reviewed: Sep 25

28 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Dame Evelyn Glennie & City Chamber Orchestra of HK

Jean Thorel conducts the Scottish percussionist (right) and local ensemble performing Bridge's Sir Roger de Coverley for Strings, Vivaldi's Concerto for Flautino in C Major, Duddell's Snowblind and Alrich's Marimba Concerto. Sept 25, 8pm, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$400 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2864 2156

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Good vibrations

Dame Evelyn Glennie's performance this month to launch the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong's new season involves several notable firsts.

'I've been to Hong Kong many times giving recitals with my pianist, but this will be the first time with an orchestra,' says the percussionist.

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The road goes on forever for pianist

When Eddie Palmieri announced his retirement in 2000, it seemed the Latin jazz world was about to lose one of its leading lights.

Fortunately the pianist, percussionist, arranger and bandleader (below) was prodded back into the spotlight by the success of his dual Grammy-winning collaboration with mentor Tito Puente, Masterpiece.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

All about the music

At the tender age of 24, Pius Cheung has already established himself as one of the most promising marimba artists and composers in the world.

He entered the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in the US aged 17, where he won first prize in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert Greenfield Concerto Competition.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez

Raise Your Hand

(Concord Picante)

While the undisputed king of the conga Poncho Sanchez has often brought discernable soulfulness to his live Latin jazz performances and more than 20 albums, this release pays specific homage to old-school soul of the 1960s.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

PICK OF THE DAY

Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez

The Grammy-award winning percussionist from Havana, who has performed with Carlos Santana and Tito Puente, plays Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban beats with accompanying artist Richie Flores. Today, 8pm, Jockey Club Auditorium, HK Polytechnic University, Hunghom, HK$100 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2737 7603

12 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Conga king gets them dancing in the aisles

Poncho Sanchez

Hong Kong Cultural Centre,

Grand Theatre

Final show last night

On the first of his two shows in Hong Kong, elder statesman of the conga drums Poncho Sanchez got the auditorium swinging with a salsa-inspired take on the late Ray Charles' One Mint Julep.

19 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Some like it hot

THERE CAN'T BE many conga players better connected than Poncho Sanchez. Band leaders who have called on his services range from Cal Tjader, with whom he made his reputation, to Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Carlos Santana and too many others to list.

10 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Glennie drums up a sensory storm

Is there a classical music stereotype Evelyn Glennie hasn't broken? She's a woman playing an instrument whose ranks were traditionally filled with men. She brought the drums - usually relegated to the back of the orchestra - to the front of the stage, becoming what is generally recognised as classical music's first full-time professional solo percussionist.

9 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

The Music: Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has recorded 17 albums, won two Grammy awards and sustains a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She gives a masterclass today at 11am at the Sha Tin Town Hall. Recital tomorrow, 8pm. Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. $120-$300. Inquiries: 2268 7236

9 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Rhythm of spice

Finely tuned ensemble will serve up a feast of salsa with an international twist

For many, the highlight of this year's Rockit Festival is undoubtedly the multifaceted and intriguingly titled group, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO).

19 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Makoto Nakura

Makoto Nakura, marimba; Academy for Performing Arts; June 6 Does the world have room for two extraordinary marimba players? The more celebrated Evelyn Glennie played last night, but Makoto Nakura, the first marimba player to win New York's Young Concert Artists Prize, is easily in the Glennie class.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

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