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Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard


Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard, with the backing of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band,have created a hot new project: Cubano Be Cubano Bop, a tribute to the legacy of the OriginalConga King, Chano Pozo and his coconspirator in Latin Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. In the late 40sChano Pozo was at the top of his game. His rhythms descended from the ceremonies of his AfroCuban religion; Santeria. With Dizzy Gillespie, their 1947 Carnegie Hall concert literally changedthe face of musical history and the course of American Jazz. Chano & Dizzy had created Afro-Cuban Jazz; writing the standards, “Manteca,” “Tin Tin Deo,” and their performances on GeorgeRussell’s “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop” burst the genre onto the musical map in a major way. PonchoSanchez & Terence Blanchard have put together a program that recreates that seminal concert;
the Afro-Cuban standards, their own compositions and fresh new collaborations.

“[The musicians] are able to take these compositions and immediately translate them into theparticular sound of Terence’s band, which in many ways reminds me of what used to happen withMiles (Miles Davis).” -- Herbie Hancock

Kurt Rosenwinkel Standard Trio



Kurt Rosenwinkel has always given us music that has conveyed a sense of masterful story-tellingand breathtakingly imaginative reach. His significance in the ever-evolving jazz tradition, in fact,transcends the oft-cited lineage of jazz guitar in much the same way that Thelonious Monk andWayne Shorter impacted colleagues far beyond the scope of their respective instruments.


”Rosenwinkel’s music represents the sound of the future, just as bebop once did.” -- Howard Reich,Chicago Tribune

Maria João & Mário Laginha



Maria João is known for her vocal flexibility and improvisational skills. Her music incorporatesan eclectic mix of folk/ethnic music, modern jazz, and the avant-garde, amazingly transformingdelicate musical structures into tones, words and whispers.

Made in Hong Kong

SIU 2 - Pure local brew totally original EWP

Made in China
Gao Hong Zhang & Acid Live - Chinese instrument meets Acid jazz, the fresh and first ever heardmusic genre from palnet earth


We have the most innovative and promising groups that can represent the modern spirit in HongKong – SIU2, the up-coming and cutting-edge female vocalist Ginger Kwan, Hong Kong’s belovedbass-player Peter Scherr’s band Deafaids and our own perennial jazz guitar player cum educator,Teddy Suen.


Although hampered by insufficient venues for performing the arts in Hong Kong, the Hong KongInternational Jazz Festival 2011 will be creating a mobile stage at the West Kowloon CulturalDistrict to foster the growth of young and up-coming artists who deserve much, much morerecognition.

Nguyên Lê’s Saiyuki



For over twenty years, Nguyên Lê has collaborated with a growing ‘cadre’ of like-mindedmusicians, building a body of work that is, in the truest sense of the word, "world music."


“Nguyên Lê is a masterful, inventive player who has cultivated a wholly unique voice on theinstrument, he ranks right up there with Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern & Allan Holdsworth in thepost Hendrix world of jazz guitar.” -- Jazz Times

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