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Star-studded jazz concert headed to HK

A star-studded concert, featuring pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Brian Blade, will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in its "Jazz Up" series next month.

A union of the world's most recognisable musicians who have earned more than 20 Grammy awards and made it to be Best-of Critics and Readers polls year after year, the concert will be held at 8pm on September 22 (Wednesday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Herbie Hancock is the face of jazz for many fans. His career parallels some of the major developments in music: from his "Maiden Voyage" in the sixties to his best-selling fusion work with "Headhunters" in the seventies; from "Rockit" the hit that brought DJ scratching to mainstream America, to his onscreen appearance in and musical direction of the film "Round Midnight".

Another icon of the musical renaissance, saxophonist Wayne Shorter's celebrated history includes five years with Art Blakey's "Jazz Messengers", which established him as a newcomer to watch after winning the number one "new star saxophonist" in the Down Beat poll for 1965. He was invited by Miles Davis to go on the road with his band and recorded more than a dozen albums with him. Shorter has won three Grammies and also the Down Beat poll on soprano sax for more than 15 consecutive years.

The Wolverhampton-born Dave Holland started studying guitar at 10 and later studied bass with James Merritt in London. Invited by Miles Davis to join his band in 1968, he soon moved to New York and appeared on a number of recordings with Davis. The Jazz Journalists Association twice voted him "Bass Player of the Year" and "Musician of the Year". He has also won the "Number One Bass Player" in the Down Beat Critics Poll for three consecutive years.

Drummer Brian Blade is decades younger, but already has an impressive history. After drumming for the likes of Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, Blade toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock in the Grammy Award-winning "New Directions" group in 2001, and has been a member of the acclaimed Wayne Shorter Quartet for the past three years.

Tickets at $400, $300, $220 and $150 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues and a single purchase of standard tickets for concerts by "Herbie Hancock" and "Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner" in the "Jazz Up" series.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

Ends/Tuesday, August 17, 2004
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