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JZ Festival Shanghai 2013 Musicians Recommendation
When you are at JZ Festival Shanghai 2013, being surrounded by all kinds of live jazz music and immersed in it, you may taste the flavor
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
(more articles from this author)
2013-09-15
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What is the flavor of JZ Festival Shanghai 2013? When you are there, being surrounded by all kinds of live music and immersed in it, you may taste the flavor. Th flavor comes from musicians with different styles. The below is the key recommendation. Catch your favorite!

ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT + YASIIN BEY f.k.a. MOS DEF
Robert Glasper is an American jazz pianist and record producer. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards pre-show.Glasper's music can be described as "experiments with space, rhythm and chord textures", creating a vast array of sound. He has said that he tries to make the music flow in a way more like a hip-hop beat, trying to always leave the music open for someone to rap over.

Mos Def/Yasiin Bey started his hip hop career in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics, then released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, True Magic in 2006, and The Ecstatic in 2009. Editors of About.com ranked him number 24 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987-2007). In 2012,The Source ranked him No. 23 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. Since the early 2000s, Mos Def's screen work has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who has garnered critical acclaim for his acting work. He is well known for his portrayal of Brother Sam in the American drama series Dexter. The two get together to unite as ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT + YASIIN BEY f.k.a. MOS DEF, to blow you away with Soul, R&B and all kinds of roots music.
Date: Sep 20
Stage: Sennheiser Green Note
Style: Soul/Hip-Hop/R&B

Lisa Ono
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lisa Ono spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old. She started singing and playing the guitar when she was 15 years old, and her debut as a professional Bossa Nova singer was in 1989. Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success and helped Bossa Nova to be popular in Japan. She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Jazz Samba giant Joao Donato, and has been performing enthusiastically in New York, Brazil and Asian countries. The album "Dream", which was released in 1999, sold more than 2 hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since than she has established a determined position in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.
Date: Sep 20
Stage: Sennheiser Green Note
Style: Jazz/Bossa Nova

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
One of the most successful acid jazz/UK funk groups of all time. They've had a rotating roster of lead vocalists such as Jay Ella Ruth, Siedah Garrett, Carleen Anderson and Nicole Russo. The second featured vocalist, who the band enjoyed the most success with, N'Dea Davenport, returned to The Heavies in fall of 2005. A new vocalist, Dawn Joseph, appears alongside N'Dea on the latest album "Forward".
Date: Sep 21
Stage: Sennheiser Green Note
Style: Jazz/Bossa Nova

Yoga Lin
As the Prince of Psychedelic in China, Yoga Lin is famous for his fabulous voice. Actually, he has already got rid of the impression that he came to the public as the winner of One Million Star, Season 1, a reality TV singing competition in Taiwan. He said David Tao was his childhood idol. And he sang a lot of songs during the competition with his own style, not following anyone else's step. He is the only one that opened a concert before releasing any albums in Chinese music history.

After joining HIM International Music, Yoga released 4 studio albums and owned a great deal of music awards. The most important one is the song Gaze from his debut album owned Best Single Producer in 20th Golden Melody Awards. In 2013, Yoga released his first Jazz live album Jazz Channel unexpectedly, which contained a lot of famous songs, including Singing In The Rain, As Time Goes By, Lovely Day etc. It seems like that he is born to control all kinds of music style especially Jazz. If the Jazz album means a long soft river to Yoga, Shanghai Jazz Festival will be a vast ocean for him to swim in. Can't wait!
Date: Sep 21
Stage: Sennheiser Green Note
Style: Pop/Jazz

Li Quan+JZ Big Band
Working on pop music for many years, Li Quan has been appreciated by both media and public. Whenever he worked behind the stage or on the stage, he tried his best to insist music way steadily. As we know, he wrote a pop song I Want Us Together for Mavis Fan. The song was popular and filled with a little Jazz Style. But it seems that he want Jazz more...At least, try more Jazz style. Shanghai Jazz Festival in this year, he will sing real Jazz songs with JZ Big Band. It will be a little Jazz concert fullfilled with many kinds of Jazz music!
Date: Sep 21
Stage: Sennheiser Green Note
Style: Jazz/Pop

Abu Jazz Trio band
2011, Abu Jazz Trio Band was formed by a 12-year-old piano boy, and also includes two young musicians - the drummer Shao Haha and the bass player Ma Kai. The band is good at performing elegant standard jazz and exotic Latin jazz, with amazingly classical tones interwoven. The perfect combination of sound and precise foundation of classical music with flexible and changeable modern music wins the emerging band increasing attention; The vigor and vitality of the band also promote the rise of the next generation young musicians.
Date: Sep 20
Stage: Paramount East Theater
Style: Jazz

Omar Sosa
Sosa studied piano at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana, where he started to play jazz. He mixes jazz alongside Latin rhythms, North African percussions and spoken word/rap together, and also references classical music, which is easy to follow. He was nominated for Grammy 6 tims. In January 2011, Omar Sosa won The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Jazz Album category for Ceremony.
Date: Sep 20
Stage: Basetex The River
Style: Jazz/World

Kiko Veneno
Singer/songwriter Kiko Veneno was born in Figueres, Spain, and later settled in Sevilla making his live debut at a local university in 1971. After participating in a duet called Kiko y Germán, he joined brothersRafael and Raimundo Amador to form Veneno, a flamenco/pop act that disbanded a year later. In 1981, Kiko Veneno made his first solo record, Seré Mecánico por Tí, produced by José Luis de Carlos. He soon created a new project called los Mártires del Compás, playing along with Chico Ocaña and José Loreto. In 1998, BMG/RCA released his greatest hits in a double album titled Puro Veneno, followed by 2000's La Familia Pollo, produced by Joe Dworniak, and 2001's Un Ratito de Gloria.
Date: Sep 21
Stage: Basetex The River
Style: Flamenco/World

Cao Fang
Chinese pop singer Cao Fang is little different from the others. She is independent, sincere, and a little childish and emotional. The music she made is the same as her character. It's not the pop melody. The creative process is different. She doesn't follow the usual step to write a chord. For her, writing music is free and fluent as throwing darts. In a word, follow your heart. It is a fresh air for Chinese pop music. In 2004, her debut album Black Perfume was considered as the Top 10 of Records of The Year by The Beijing News. In 2005, the second album Meet Me was sold over 100,000 copies and dominated 5 awards of Top Chinese Music Awards. Her album Farther Than the Sky own own her Best Composer. Here's description from her tutor Xiao Ke: Cao Fang is just a girl write her own life into songs. When you listen the songs, you just like reading her diary. Real, simple and true self.
Date: Sep 20
Stage: Blue Grass
Style: Pop/Indie

Su Yang
Su Yang was born in Wen Ling, Zhejiang Province. At the age of eight, he moved to northwest of China, Yinchuan Province. In 2003, he founded Suyang Band with obvious local features, whose members includes Zhao Long as guitarist, Ya Zi as bass player, Wang Bin as drummer, Wu Zekun as folk music player and himself as vocal. The basic of their music is Huaer, which is a folk music in northwest of China. They combine Huaer with Rock and make it so special. It is original, wild, pure and fulfilled with strength and emotions. Su Yang and his band will make Blue Grass Stage more abundant.
Date: Sep 21
Stage: Blue Grass
Style: World/Rock

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