Jazz weekend to be headlined by Taiwanese New York-based singer

Taipei,  Jazz enthusiasts will have plenty to choose from in Taipei this weekend as a series of concerts and parties with all-star Taiwanese lineups headed by Golden Melody Award nominee 9m88 hit the city, the organizers said.

The festivities will kick off Saturday with a concert in the National Concert Hall lobby, titled “Jazzy afternoon-Her Life, Her Jazz.”

Three Taiwanese bands will play the music of three legendary female jazz musicians — pianists Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) and Marian McPartland (1918-2013), and trombonist Melba Liston (1926-1999), the National Theatre and Concert Hall (NTCH) said in a statement.

The three bands, led by local musicians Ruby Pan (潘子爵), Kuo Chun-yu (郭俊育), and Tseng Tseng-yi (曾增譯) will pay tribute to the late women musicians, who were pioneers of their time, the NTCH said.

Later in the day, 9m88, whose song “Airplane Mode” has been nominated for the 2020 Golden Melody Award for Song of the Year, will perform at the 2020 NTCH Summer Jazz Outdoor Party with students from a local jazz workshop and a band led by Taiwanese Indigenous drummer Yabu Mowna (李守信).

“Many people like to say my work is related to jazz, but my music (released recently) is not totally jazz, so now I finally have a chance to be able to showcase my jazz numbers,” said 9m88, a Taiwan-raised and New York-based soul singer.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

9m88 said the outdoor party will rock because the atmosphere has been excellent in recent years, and she expected people to let loose outdoors after being confined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now in its 12th year, the outdoor jazz party, to be held at the NTCH Main Plaza, has featured many big international names over the years, according to Stacey Wei (魏廣晧), director of the annual NTCH jazz workshop.

“Although American jazz trumpeter Michael Mossman could not make it this year (as he did in the past), we will play his music at a concert on Sunday,” Wei said. “He isn’t here physically, but his passion is here with us.”

“The NTCH Summer Jazz Project-Lets Mambo!” will be held Sunday at the National Concert Hall with a selection of Taiwan-based jazz musicians, including Wei, double bassist double Yohei Yamada, and saxophonist Shawna Yang (楊曉恩).

Liu Yi-ruu (劉怡汝), the NTCH’s general and artistic director, said international artists were not able to come this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the outdoor party will still be a great show with the domestic artists invited.

“The quality of the event and the music have not been affected at all,” Liu said.

Due to the coronavirus threat, however, anyone who wants to go to the outdoor party will need to register their name online beforehand to gain access to the event, Liu said, noting that some 7,000 to 8,000 people had registered by Friday.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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