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Taiwan's Blue Note Taipei: Jazz Mainstay For Locals And Expats Alike

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Though jazz knows no boundaries, it still remains a wonderful surprise and reward to find a gem of a jazz club in whatever corner of the world you happen to find yourself. Since 1974, The Blue Note Taipei, a cozy historic jazz café in the capital city of Taiwan, has been just such a place for ...


Jay Hung


- Most sought after keyboard player in Asian pop music industry. - Graduated in Hollywood, Los Angeles in the Musicians Institute Kit Professional in 1998. - Educated under Steve Weingart, Carl Schordel, and Rique Pantoja. - Expertise: Piano / Keyboard/ Music Arranger/ Band Leader /Music Director - Favorite Music Genres: FUNK/JAZZ/FUSION/POP Born in Taiwan in 1971, Jay Hung was touched by the sound of the keyboard as a child. He eventually self-studied music on his own. Although his traditional family did not support the boy to learn music, Jay did not give up on his love for music. ​In 1996, Jay left Taiwan to Hollywood, Los Angeles for further music education at Musicians Institute (KIT)


Vincent Hsu


Vincent (Tsung-Yu) Hsu was born in Changhua, Taiwan, and grew up in Kaoushiung. He moved to New York in 2002 to pursue his master’s degree in TESOL at The City College of the City University of New York (CCNY). Meanwhile, he began studying acoustic bass with legendary musicians, including Cecil McBee, Victor Venegas, Andy González, and John Schaeffer (former Principal Bassist for the New York Philharmonic). After receiving his master's degree, Vincent was accepted into the undergraduate jazz program at CCNY, where he studied with the world-renowned bassist, John Patitucci. Vincent received his bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from CCNY in 2008




Article: Interview

Yuwen Peng: Putting a Spin on Sizhukong

Read "Yuwen Peng: Putting a Spin on Sizhukong" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Yuwen Peng doesn't like resting on her laurels. The pianist, composer and founder of Taiwanese sextet Sizhukong had already taken a bold step in integrating Western instruments, African music and jazz harmonies with traditional Taiwanese and Chinese folk songs on Sizhukong's self-titled debut recording in 2007. The follow-up to that, Paper Eagle (Sizhukong Records, 2009), followed ...


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