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November
Renowned musicians to feature in Jazz Up Series finale
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The finale of this year's Jazz Up Series takes place on December 17 (Wednesday) at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Kwai Tsing Theatre. It brings together Japan's Tamaya Honda on drum, Australia's Steve Hunter on electric bass, Sweden's Ulf Wakenius on guitar and Hong Kong's own Ted Lo on piano.

The concert is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

A self-taught drummer, Tamaya Honda made his debut at the age of 12 and has toured with many jazz musicians in Japan since 1993. He formed Tamaya Honda - Planet X in 1997. The band has performed in numerous jazz clubs and jazz festivals in Japan.

Since forming his first electric jazz oriented group in 1978 with drummer Tony Buck, Steve Hunter has performed all around the globe. Held in high respect as one of the world's foremost electric bass virtuosos, Steve is an award-winning composer with over 70 compositions released. In addition to performing, he is also devoted to education and has conducted many master classes and workshops.

Ulf Wakenius began playing guitar at the age of 11. By 17, he was already an established jazz musician playing with different Swedish groups. From the late 1980s until now, he has been playing with the Danish bass giant, Niels-Henning Orstedt-Pedersen. In the beginning of the 1990s, Wakenius started to work in different projects together with American and European top musicians.

Ted Lo graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1976, with a degree in Arranging and Composition. He moved to New York City in 1979 where he started a career as a freelance jazz pianist. His first major jazz gig was with the group, Herbie Mann and Family of Mann. Since then he has worked and recorded with numerous renowned artists. Lo continues to define himself as a diversified musician, composer and producer in all areas of Hong Kong's music industry.

Tickets priced at $300, $220 and $120 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Friends of LCSD performing venues are also entitled to 10% off.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet booking of tickets is available at http://www.urbtix.gov.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

Ends/Tuesday, November 18, 2003
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