Jazz weekend in Taipei to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong

08/22/2019 09:33 PM
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Jazz singer Charenee Wade (left)
Jazz singer Charenee Wade (left)

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Jazz enthusiasts in Taipei can look forward to a weekend of concerts and parties in tribute to some of the most influential musicians in the genre, including Louis Armstrong, the organizers said Thursday.

The event will kick off Saturday with a free show titled "Living with Satchmo," featuring the music of the Armstrong era performed by three Taiwanese bands, jazz radio program host Daniel Shen (沈鴻元) said at a press conference.

Musicians perform at press conference for upcoming weekend of jazz concerts and outdoor party

The three bands, led by local musicians Tang Ning (唐寧), Lu Chien Chien (魯千千), and Ruby Pan (潘子爵), "will pay tribute to Armstrong, whose nickname was Satchmo, playing music that was popular around his time and also music by his second wife, jazz pianist Lil Harden," Shen said.

Later in the day saxophonist Su Shen-yu (蘇聖育) and his band will perform at the 2019 Summer Jazz Outdoor Party, which will also include performances by students from a local jazz workshop, and a band led by Australian jazz musician Sarah Mckenzie.

"My band on that day will be an octet and we will be playing hard bop jazz," Su said. "We will also play some of my compositions and music by Italian double bassist Giuseppe Bassi, who will be performing with us."

Shen said jazz enthusiasts should try to get to the venue outside National Concert Hall early to find a good spot because the outdoor jazz party is usually packed every year.

Now its 12th year, the outdoor jazz party has featured many big names over the years, according to Stacey Wei (魏廣晧), director of the annual National Theater and Concert Hall jazz workshop.

"Among them have been American jazz trumpeter Michael Mossman and alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, who were my teachers when I was studying jazz at Queens College in New York," Wei told CNA.

Mossman, Hart, drummer Cliff Almond, Wei and other teachers from this year's NTCH jazz workshop will take to the stage on Sunday in the third big event of the festival, the "Tribute to Louis Armstrong" concert at National Concert Hall, Wei said.

"We will play Louis Armstrong in different ways," Wei said.

The concert is aimed at recognizing Armstrong's legacy and helping to keep jazz alive by re-examining and recreating the music of the past, according to Mossman, who is on his 10th visit to Taiwan.

"Of course we are going to do some of the arrangements, as is my habit as an arranger, to take some perfectly good music and mess it up by rearranging it into something else," he said with a laugh.

"But that's the way we continue to keep the music alive, fresh, and creative, instead of something that just sits in a museum."

Antonio Hart (third left), Michael Mossman (fourth left), and Stacey Wei (front, right)

(By William Yen)


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