25 September – 2 October 2011
Featuring over 300 artists from 24 countries, Hong Kong International Jazz Festival comprises a series of indoor and outdoor jazz concerts, workshops, talks and a photographic exhibition. Some of the performances are Asia or world premieres and many are unique to this festival.
The festival will include the first outdoor music event at the West Kowloon Cultural District on 1 – 2 October. Apart from performances you will see marching bands, workshops for children and adults, F&B booths, and merchandise booths to make for a real carnival atmosphere.
Five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and Grammy-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez will debut their hot new project Cubano Be Cubano Bop in Asia at West Kowloon Cultural District on 1 October 2011. The tribute to the legacy of the original Conga King, Chano Pozo and his co-conspirator in Latin Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie is a must-see for jazz fans.
eteran jazz pianist and local jazz icon Ted Lo will make the world premiere of his jazz strings ensemble at Hong Kong City Hall Concert on 1 October 2011, when he leads an impressively large strings ensemble playing jazz music with special guest vocalists Justin Lo, Marsha Yuen, Elaine Liu and Howard McCrary.
Other star-studded jazz legends include Chico and the Gypsies; Freddy Cole Quartet, the youngest brother of the celebrated Nat King Cole; Maria João & Mário Laginha, who are considered to be two of the most creative contemporary jazz musicians.
Fringe activities of the festival include a photo exhibition on American legendary jazz masters, a free-admission opening concert, talks and workshops. Tickets are now available at Urbtix and Cityline. Please visit www.hkijf.com for programme details. [http://www.discoverhongkong.com]