Hong Kong Summer Jazz Festival 2011
Summer is the season for jazz festivals in Europe and America, and Hong Kong will not be left out of the swinging action.
The Hong Kong Summer Jazz Festival 2011, presented by the Hong Kong Big Band Jazz Federation and co-organised by local outlet Jazz World, will take place at the Jockey Club Auditorium at Polytechnic University from May 27 to 29.
This year's line-up emphasises Asian talent. Trisonique, who will perform on May 27, features Japanese rising star Hakuei Kim on piano. Kim has worked in Australia with top local players and established a considerable reputation there. The all-Japanese trio comprises Kim, bassist Tomokazu Sugimoto and drummer Hidenobu 'Kalta' Otsuki.
On May 29 Korean jazz-pop ensemble Winterplay take the stage with their more easy-listening style. The band are a top concert attraction around Asia and perform jazz-tinged versions of tunes by artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Sting, as well as original material.
In between, on May 28, the Matthew Garrison Quartet, featuring Adam Rogers, Scott Kinsey and Gene Lake, plays. Garrison is the son of John Coltrane's bassist, Jimmy Garrison, and a virtuoso player in his own right.
All shows start at 8pm and tickets - priced at HK$180, HK$280 and HK$380 - are available through HK Ticketing.