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Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre

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Jochen Rückert Quartet with Lage Lund, Mark Turner and Matt Penman
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Jazz World Live Series
Hong Kong
June 17, 2019

Jochen Rückert's career has clearly shifted up a gear. “I recently joined the class of professional artists that always travels with a permanent marker," the ...

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Le French May Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong

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Samy Thiébault; Laïka and the Unit
Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre
Le French May Arts Festival: Live Jazz Series
Hong Kong
May 21-22, 2019

The now-annual Live Jazz Series of long-running Hong Kong arts fest Le French May might have slimmed in size and shifted from ...

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Ballaké Sissoko at Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre

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Ballaké Sissoko
Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Le French May Arts Festival
Hong Kong
May 5, 2019

The kora must be one of the world's great improvisatory instruments, and Mali's Ballaké Sissoko is surely one of the instrument's most visible proponents. Somewhere between a harp and a double lute, the ...

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Thundercat: On Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Erykah Badu and the great LA jazz renaissance

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When, a few years back, the mainstream media began breathlessly anointing the arrival of a West Coast-born jazz “renaissance," Thundercat's name was invariably invoked second in the evidence list— behind, of course, that of his childhood buddy Kamasi Washington. While Washington's career has gone stratospheric—with a summer co-headline tour alongside Herbie Hancock the latest summit mounted—Thundercat ...

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Teriver Cheung: Episodes

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A dreamy, fragmented mood of urban alienation seeps into, over and throughout Teriver Cheung's excellent Episodes, befitting the project's earlier supporting role in a larger context. Released internationally in February 2019, Cheung's second album collects music premiered some four years earlier as part of Hong Kong Episodes--an ambitious multimedia show tracing the conceptual arc of 24 ...

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Ron Carter: Still Searching for the Right Notes

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"People from newspapers and magazines always ask me two things," Ron Carter tells a reverent crowd from a stage in suburban Hong Kong. “What was it like playing with Miles Davis? And why am I still doing this?" He answers the latter enquiry by pointing left and right simultaneously at his two diligent sidemen, pianist Donald ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...