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Jazz Up: Patti Austin concert in mid-May

Jazz diva Patti Austin is heading to Hong Kong and her mid-May concert is expected to draw an overwhelming response from jazz lovers.

"After having several wonderful performances for the Chinese community in America with the amazing Frances Yip, I am looking forward to having fun with the audience in Hong Kong and hopefully giving them a few musical surprises," says Austin, handpicked by the legendary Quincy Jones and recognised the world over for her soulful voice.

Austin will be presenting golden hits by Ella Fitzgerald, such as "You'll Have to Swing it (Mr Paganini)", "Too Close For Comfort", "A Tisket a Tasket", "But Not for Me", "Hearing Ella Sing" and "How High the Moon".

There will be a replacement of some musicians, with Brian Dunne on drums, Timothy Lefebvre on bass and Mike Ricchiuti on piano joining Austin for the Hong Kong concert.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Patti Austin concert - one of the programmes in "Jazz Up 2005-6" series - will be staged at 8pm on May 16 (Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Tickets priced at $400, $280 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. (Limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.) For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Another highlight of "Jazz Up 2005-6" will be the "Chick Corea Elektric Band" concert to be staged on Thursday (May 5). A 10% discount applies to each purchase of standard tickets for two Jazz Up concerts: "The Chick Corea Elektric Band" and "Patti Austin".

Ends/Tuesday, May 3, 2005
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