Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2008


The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2008 took place in 16-22 November 2008. 

The opening of the Festival was kicked off by an open-air concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza, which attracted thousands of audience who stayed from afternoon to evening, enjoying vibrant and wonderful performances. Various master classes, jam sessions and performances also happened in chic jazz locations like Backstage Live Restaurant, Lanson Place Hotel and Sevva (17-22 Nov).

Two world-class finale concerts were presented at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (20th-21st Nov), featuring two-time Grammy winners Bob James and Angels of Shanghai with Tetsuo Sakurai (ex-Casiopea bass player), Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern (two-time Grammy winner), multiple Juno Award winner Alain Caron with his group, featuring Frank Gambale, alongside a New York Session featuring top New York players such as Jay Azzolina (ex-guitarist for Spyro Gyra) with local jazz guru Ted Lo. The Festival ended with beautiful music and vivid applauds from the audience.


As an integral part of the Festival, there was also a showing of the full version of the documentary ICONS AMONG US at Hong Kong Art Centre, Agnes b CINEMA!  Directed by Michael Rivoira and Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, this is a dynamic and engaging documentary that explores the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today’s jazz front lines.  And it hits us: with Jazz constantly undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance, the future is now.

Date Venue Artists
Nov 16 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra
Toku Quartet 
Lawrence Ku Trio
Joao Brazilian Trio
Nov 17 Backstage Live Restaurant Eugene Pao Trio & Friends:-
Eugene Pao, Guitar
Special Guests, Guitars
Nick McBride, Drums
Nov 18 Lanson Place Hotel Toku Quartet
Nov 19 Fringe Club Bob Mocarsky Trio
Nov 20 Queen Elizabeth Stadium Arena Ted Lo's New York Session:-
Ted Lo, Piano
Jay Azzolina, Guitars
Bruce Gertz, Bass
Tim Horner, Drums
Bill Drewes, Sax

Bob James and 
the "Angels Of Shanghai":-
Bob James, Piano & Keyboards
Jack Lee, Guitars
Tetsuo Sakurai, Bass
Gene Jackson, Drums
Angels of Shanghai: 
Li Li, Pipa
Ma Jia Jun, Erhu
Liu Zhen, Erhu
Xie Tao, Gu Zhen
Lu Cong, Di Zi
Nov 21
Queen Elizabeth Stadium Arena Alain Caron Group featuring 
Frank Gambale:-
Alain Caron, Bass
Frank Gambale, Guitars
Otmaro Ruiz, Keyboards
Paul Brochu, Drums

Yellowjackets with Mike Stern:-
Russell Ferrante, Piano & Keyboards
Bob Mintzer, Saxophones
Jimmy Haslip, Bass
Marcus Baylor, Drums
Mike Stern, Guitar
Nov 22 Sevva Gosford High Band
Photos by Stephen Cheung, Kai Yin, Tang
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