Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 7-8, October 1-2, 2011
The closing act of the festival was Chico and the Gypsies. Leader Chico Bouchikhi was a founding member of the Gypsy Kings, but has led his own outfit since 1989. No fewer than nine guitars, plus drums, piano and percussion charged through a lively set of rumba Catalana, or flamenco-pop songs, which had the crowd dancing at the foot of the stage. It was a rousing finale to a great day's music, and indeed, a great eight days of music.
The eight days of the 4th Hong Kong International Jazz Festival provided many memorable concerts. With continued backing from government funding bodies, private sponsors and media, the festival will surely go from strength to strength. Although attendance at the outdoor West Kowloon Cultural District was disappointing over the final two days, it is inconceivable that such a perfect festival setting won't become, in time, an essential diary-date for Hong Kong residents, ex-pats and tourist music lovers alike.
Page 3, Poncho Sanchez: Santa Istvan Csaba
Page 4, Freddy Cole: Santa Istvan Csaba
All other photos: Ian Patterson