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Kenny Garrett and Trio Toykeat to perform in Jazz Up series

Following the concert by jazz star John Pizzarelli in July, the world-renowned saxophone player Kenny Garrett and one of the Finland's best-known jazz groups Trio Toykeat will be the next attractions in the Jazz Up series this summer.

Kenny Garrett will perform in August with his quartet including Carlos McKinney on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Ronald Bruner on drums.

Garrett is the most consistently inspiring alto/soprano saxophone force in the genre. The multi Grammy Award nominee as well as Jazz Times and Down Beat poll winner brings a muscular yet lyrical eloquence to his concerts. He has performed with many legendary musicians such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

Trio Toykeat's concert in September will feature Iiro Rantala on piano, Eerik Siikasaari on bass and Rami Eskelinen on drums.

Trio Toykeat has been one of the Finland's best-known jazz groups for 16 years, and is one of Europe's leading and unique international music groups. Established in 1988, this tightly knit unit is definitely unconventional, possibly wicked, but always uncompromising. Their musical virtuosity and zany approach to the jazz idiom continues to attract wide and diverse audiences around the globe.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concerts will be staged in August and September. Details are as follows:

The Kenny Garrett Quartet
August 22 (Monday) 8pm Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Trio Toykeat
September 16 (Friday) 8pm Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

Tickets priced from $120 to $300 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.) A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

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 .

There is a 10% discount for each purchase of standard tickets for any two of the Jazz Up concerts: "John Pizzarelli", "The Kenny Garrett Quartet" and "Trio Toykeat", and 15% discount for all the three concerts.

Ends/Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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