Jazz reported, from China. | STAY HEALTHY, JAZZ ON LATER.
I'm an independent jazz writer based in Shanghai, China.
I have been working closely with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Blue Note China, JZ Music, Jazz at
Lincoln Center Shanghai among
others during the past five years. In May 2019, I accomplished a local government-commissioned
research project on “Youth
Engagement in Jazz Industry of Shanghai” alone. Through over 60 articles published online and in print
before contributing to All
About Jazz, I have been taking my part in the jazz popularization process in China.
Through jazz writing, I hope to bring people and different parties together, to build bridges for people
to meet, across ethnicities
and races, across religions and beliefs, across genders and generations, across occupations and fields,
even across diverse ways of
thinking. That's how jazz has enlightened me, so I want to write about it in return. One day it suddenly
hits me, that I should help to
let the world hear what's happening in China as well. I feel it part of my mission since I'm also among
those who write the most
about jazz in my country. Being a long-time follower of All About Jazz, I wish to contribute, as much as
to learn. To connect, as much
as to be connected.
I didn't grow up in jazz, even though I'm born and bred a Shanghainese girl, in a city that had a history
with jazz back in the 20s. I
learned classical piano since childhood in the 90s, but it wasn’t until university that I found my interest.
In Mandarin, we have this word “缘分” (pronounced in Chinese Pin Yin as Yuán Fèn). It carries the
meaning of a predestined
relationship, some sort of fate or destiny that brings people together. The best is yet to come. It came
late, and yet in perfect shape.
About nine years ago, I heard “Jasmine” by chance, an ECM record by the duo of Keith Jarrett and
Charlie Haden. Influenced by the
piano and classical music background perhaps, I totally gravitated. Later, jazz has been revealing itself
even more to me. It's always
a blessing to feel learning a joy. Everyone is not Einstein. But jazz sometimes pushes you into a state of
wanting to be everything: a
scientist, a painter, a novelist, a show host, a trader, even a wanderer. Jazz has opened me up from
inside and granted me a lifetime
attitude of openness.
Diversity. Freedom. Naturality. I'm totally in for these and jazz just has them all. So here I am, writing
on jazz from the Far East, from
China. Here is a growing market; the musicians can tell, too. But that's only the shallow surface of it. To
dig a bit deeper, I think
today many Chinese are in common in the spirit - usually a bit timid to express it though - that we
aspire to open up to the world
and get connected. Be it our musicians, aficionados, agents and managers...... our culture. To connect
and be connected, just like
My Jazz Story
Diversity. Freedom. Naturality. The DIVERSITY of displaying and fusing any elements into a whole fresh thing. The FREEDOM within a band cooperation,
encouraging fearless souls to go anywhere. The NATURALITY as one stays true to his inner feelings and physical motions, true to his mind-thinking and self-
expressing, true to himself in the post production no less than the creation process. I've found that these three merits of jazz musicians, do pass on to the audience
and listeners, rush deep into their hearts and sometimes put impacts on them for the better.