Shanghai old jazz band to perform in June
One of the most famous and the only old jazz band in China today, the Shanghai Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band will give three concerts of golden melodies in June.
Featuring classics like "Stand by Me", "Besame Mucho", "What a Wonderful World" and "Moon River", the performances will be held at the Yuen Long Theatre on June 11 (Saturday), Kwai Tsing Theatre on June 12 (Sunday) and Sheung Wan Civic Centre on June 13 (Monday). All concerts will begin at 8pm.
Founded in 1980, the Shanghai Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band is made up of six veteran musicians whose careers span more than half a century and with an average age of 76. Two of them were former members of the first all-Chinese jazz band led by Jimmy King in the 1940s. The band was a crowd-puller at the Paramount, the favourite haunt of the fashionable Shanghainese in those days. Its repertoire consists mainly of jazz standards of the thirties and forties as well as some of pop's golden oldies. The revived band has made 27 overseas visits over the years and has performed for many celebrities and heads of states, including former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and King Harald V of Norway.
The Concert by the Shanghai Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets ranging from $80 to $180 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% for 20 tickets or more.
For enquiries about the programme and a pre-concert talk, call 2268 7321 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp
. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at http://www.urbtix.hk
Ends/Friday, April 29, 2005