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Coastal Jazz & Blues and the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society present

Jasmine Jazz

A subtly sweet and highly fragrant musical blend

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble Jirong Huang erhu ♦ Zhong Xi Wu suona ♦ Sarah Tan guzheng

Jodi Proznick Trio Jodi Proznick bass ♦ Bill Coon guitar ♦ James Danderfer clarinet/sax

At the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Sunday, July 4, 2021, 2:30 pm Performance Works | 1218 Cartwright Street

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 4, Jasmine Jazz, an unusual and exquisite interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments will take place at Performance Works as part of the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Jasmine Jazz features three musicians of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble with some of Vancouver’s finest jazz artists led by Juno-nominated bassist and composer, Jodi Proznick.

Don’t miss the unique and beautiful confluence of Asian and Jazz instruments in this free in person and streamed concert Jirong Huang (erhu), Sarah Yusha Tan (guzheng) and Zhongxi Wu (suona) performing with Proznick (bass), Bill Coon (guitar) and James Danderfer (clarinet/sax).

Jazz will be interpreted through traditional Chinese instruments; traditional and contemporary Chinese music will be given a new life through jazz. According to Proznick “The afternoon will be all about musical conversations, an east meets west experience, full of beauty, harmony, mutual respect and interplay. The repertoire will be a beautiful mix of songs pulled from jazz repertoire, traditional Chinese folk music and original composition.” Repertoire will include Chinese classics “Jasmine Flower” and “Shanghai Night”, the contemporary Taiwanese song “Moon Represents My Heart” and a selection of jazz standards such as McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation”, Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing”, Bill Evans’ “Turn Out the Stars” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower”.

The six musicians of Jasmine Jazz will be recording its first album at the Warehouse Studio in the week following the Jazz Fest concert. Watch for the recording to be released this fall!

Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the first professional Chinese music organization established in Canada. The Ensemble consists of highly accomplished instrumentalists who combine technical mastery with a passionate approach to music. Based in Vancouver, BC, they continue to inspire contemporary compositions and interdisciplinary projects for Chinese instruments in Canada.

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