Jazz will return to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in next year's line-up, although the full list of programmes will only be announced on October 4 when advance bookings start. However, a preliminary list of confirmed highlights includes Charlie Haden's Quartet West, Dr John and the Lower 911, and Nigel Kennedy performing his own arrangements of Fats Waller tunes. The current Quartet West line-up, in addition to bassist Haden, includes Ernie Watts on saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and Rodney Green on drums. They will play at City Hall on February 3 and 4. Given that no tune in their repertoire is played the same way twice, jazz fans might want to attend both nights. Haden is perhaps best known for his associations with Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, but in recent years he has recorded mostly as a leader. Dr John, as pianist and singer Mac Rebennack is styling himself for these performances, is a New Orleans legend, and his music is a highly individual mixture of blues, jazz, rock'n'roll and Crescent City funk. His shows these days involve less of the voodoo showmanship that characterised the 'Dr John the Night Tripper' shows of the 1960s and 70s, but he can still cast a spell over a crowd with his gruffly sleazy singing and piano playing. Even if you're unfamiliar with Rebennack or Dr John's own recordings you'll have heard him as a guest artist or star sideman with performers ranging from Sonny and Cher to the Rolling Stones. In March this year he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He appears at the Cultural Centre on February 17 and 18. Nigel Kennedy's jazz credentials are less well established; his reputation was made as a classical violin prodigy, and his recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was a huge best-seller. But from an early stage he insisted on performing music outside the classical repertoire, demonstrating a particular penchant for Jimi Hendrix. In 2006 he moved into jazz with an album on the Blue Note label and announced he intended to devote 'at least 50 per cent' of his energies to jazz. He plays the electric violin on his jazz-, rock- and world music-influenced recordings. His performance on February 9 at the Cultural Centre will give the audience a chance to hear him play both jazz and classical music, featuring Bach's D Minor Partita for solo violin as well as his Fats Waller arrangements. Take Three Three representative albums featuring musicians playing jazz at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012. Sophisticated Ladies (Emarcy, 2010): the first Quartet West album to feature Rodney Green on drums, it combines sparkling instrumental jazz with vocal contributions from Ruth Cameron, Melody Gardot, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Renee Fleming and Norah Jones. Gris Gris (Atco, 1968): the first album for which Mac Rebennack assumed his Dr John persona, with a potent mix of New Orleans roots music and psychedelic rock. The Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note, 2006): Nigel Kennedy's first jazz recording featuring a stellar line-up of Joe Lovano on saxophone, Kenny Werner on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Jack de Johnette on drums.