Blues player fights back Blues guitarist and singer James Armstrong, who appears at the Jazz Club from Wednesday, is making the most of life after staring death in the face. The career of the talented modern blues player was almost tragically cut short when he was stabbed by an unknown attacker who broke into his apartment in California in 1997. Although he suffered horrific injuries, Armstrong (right) re-emerged busier than ever, putting out two albums since - Dark Night and Got It Goin' On - as well as building up a formidable reputation as a live performer. Music runs in Armstrong's blood. His mother was a blues singer and his father a jazz guitarist, but he credits the late Jimi Hendrix as being the most important influence on his career. As a songwriter, Armstrong devotes his sets to mostly original material, but has been known to cover one or two Hendrix numbers on stage. His 1995 debut, Sleeping With A Stranger, blended New Orleans funk, jazz, soul and R&B. It won widespread acclaim and, despite his setback, Armstrong continues to take blues into the 21st century. He plays the Jazz & Blues Club on D'Aguilar Street from December 12 to 16. Advance tickets cost $270 from Cityline; call 2317 6666 or visit www.cityline.com ). Entrance at the door costs $300. For more information call 2845 8477. Breeze blows hot Australia's slowly emerging jazz scene is throwing up new talent and one of them, singer Martin Breeze, appears at Brown on Robinson Road on Wednesday. He was recently named Australia's most talented up-and-coming male vocalist in the National Jazz Awards and regularly appears on television as well as Australia's jazz club circuit. Breeze appears at Brown for one night only. Entry costs $80 but includes one drink. For more details call 2971 0012. Folk festival The annual Hong Kong Folk and Blues Festival takes place this weekend with British singer, guitarist and songwriter Eddie Walker headlining. Walker is one of the leading names on the British folk circuit, playing old blues, ragtime, hillbilly, British and American folk as well as original songs and guitar instrumentals. Walker plays alongside local musicians tomorrow during Unplugged Upstairs. The strumming starts at 12.30pm until 7pm at the Fotogalerie at the Fringe Club, Central. Entry is $80 for adults and $60 for children. For details call 2571 3092. The festival opens tonight with Folk and Blues Live at 7.45pm (last entry 7.30pm) at Studio 1, RTHK, Broadcast Drive, Kowloon. Entry costs $120 for Hong Kong Folk Society members and $150 for non-members, while students and children pay $60. Urban jungle The White Label crew will be keeping up the Central action tomorrow at the new 'in' venue, Level 27. DJs Glen Phelan, Arkham, Bodhi, Fat Demon, Zul from Singapore and Mikey Dread will be at the decks for the usual serving of urban drum'n'bass and a few surprises. Since its launch in June the events at Amnesia have been mostly packed out but organisers felt it was time for a change to the scene and the line-up. White Label runs from 10pm to 6am. The entrance is at 97A Wellington Street, Central, and take the lift to the 27th floor. Entry is free. More information is available on 9234 6049. Carl Cox and co Tickets are on sale for the return of perennially popular British DJ Carl Cox. The genial giant will headline the Hiu' Loud & Proud party at Hitec on December 29 alongside WestBam, Takkyu Ishino and local DJ Teng Boon. The first 1,000 tickets are available for $350, the remainder cost $450, from HMV stores. For more details call 6145 4080. Red Ribbon success Raise The Red Ribbon, the party fundraiser to mark World Aids Day last Saturday, has delighted organisers by raising a record of at least $250,000. That sum is yet to include 10 per cent of the takings pledged by 36 bars, shops and restaurants and other Central outlets which should take the total above $300,000. The money will go to help those living with Aids and to raising awareness of HIV.