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Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio at Sha Tin Town Hall

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Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong October 16, 2018 There's a tightly wound ball of contradictions at the heart of Astor Piazzolla's “nuevo tango" revolution, which injected the common man's South American dance music with classical sophistication and jazz-influenced harmony, literally taking tango from the dancehalls to concert halls, elevating its association from brothels to academia. The quest continues in the Argentinian composer's survivors, of which the ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Hong Kong City Hall Theatre; Hong Kong Cultural Centre October 7-13, 2018 “There are so many beautiful players in the world... and so few listeners," announced Jerry Bergonzi somberly from the stage, to a smatter of chuckles. That punchline might be flipped on its head in Hong Kong, where there is no shortage of upmarket bars in the Central district programing at least some semblance of “jazz," but just ...

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Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival 2018: New Contender on the South East Asia Block

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Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival 2018 Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching, Sarawak State, Borneo September 28-29, 2018 As one of the world's fastest growing economic regions, South East Asia is also a prime market for jazz--and, specifically, that chest- beating claxon of affluence, the festival. Joining the established ranks of Indonesia's Java Jazz and Singapore's Sing Jazz, enters the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF), in September 2018 sprouting up on the north-western tip of Borneo for a ...

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Georg Breinschmid at Hong Kong City Hall

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Georg Breinschmid & Friends with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall HKS Cool Summer Festival Hong Kong August 18, 2018 Oxymoron, or blasphemy? The very concept of “symphonic jazz" might provoke polarizing opinions in the more faithful fan--but few have spliced orchestral traditions with an improvisational approach quite as brazenly as Georg Breinschmid. The Austrian double bassist was once a member of the esteemed Vienna Philharmonic, before quitting ...

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Le French May’s Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong

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Jean-Christophe Cholet, Eric Le Lann and Alban Darche Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre Le French May Arts Festival: Live Jazz Series Hong Kong June 7-9, 2018 Now in its 26th edition Hong Kong's annual celebration of all things Francophone, Le French May, today spills well beyond the temporal restrictions implied in its twee title--with many of the festival's 100-plus cultural happenings littered across June. Among them in 2018 was the extended Live Jazz ...

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Adam Rogers' Dice Trio at Hong Kong Arts Center

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Adam Rogers' Dice Trio Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Center Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong SAR May 28, 2018 As the scraggly haze of copiously denim-clad, baseball cap and ponytail-touting figures assembled onstage, Adam Rogers' Dice Trio bore the indifferent appearance of a small town bar band--which was not entirely inappropriate. A conservatory-schooled classical player, tutored in jazz by John Scofield and known for stints with Michael Brecker, Chris Potter and more, Rogers ...