This first week of the JazzArt concert series will feature the Lawrence Ku Septet playing at the TwoCities Gallery at M50 on Moganshan lu. The septet, which performs quite rarely, is in fact playing quite a few times this month. This is partly because trombonist Andy Hunter is in town through the end of the month, and there aren’t really any other good jazz trombonists in Shanghai. Besides the Jazzy Shanghai festival performance last week and this weekend’s JazzArt concert, the group will also play a CD release party on the 24th (and the Beijing jazz festival at the end of the month). Of course, the imminent release of the album is the other main reason for the increased performance frequency.
The concept behind the JazzArt series is to bring the various types of artistic communities in Shanghai together, as they are quite separate at present; the worlds of visual art and jazz music rarely cross. So this set of 6 concerts is intended to give the two communities a chance once a month to explore and enjoy each other’s artistic worlds. We here at Shanghaiist are always happy to go to art galleries but don’t get enough opportunities to, so we’re looking forward to checking out some new galleries and some new exhibitions at familiar places. The concerts will be held on the afternoon of the second Sunday of each month, and each show will feature a different group playing a different kind of jazz at a different gallery.
TwoCities has already hosted quite a few jazz concerts in the relatively short time it’s been around, so it is a logical starting point for the series. Among concerts held there already, of note is pianist Steve Sweeting’s duet series “TwoCities in tune”, a set of ongoing concerts that feature a different vocalist accompanied by Steve each time. And unlike a typical concert, Steve always inserts a few bits of fun to lighten the atmosphere and get the singer’s creative juices flowing.
Some other galleries that will host later concerts in the series are number D, MOCA, and ifa village.
The first JazzArt concert is this Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day) at 3pm. TwoCities Gallery, M50, 50 Moganshan Lu.
Cross-posted at shanghaijazzscene.com