One of Shanghai’s greatest vocalists will be moving away for good, we are sorry to say. Arlene has been here about as long as your correspondent, over 4 years, and we’ve worked together a lot. She’s a great singer and she’ll do well wherever she ends up (first she’s going to Dubai to play with jazz pianist Billy Marcus, who used to play in Shanghai at the Portman jazz bar, and then she’s moving to Vietnam!). Next Monday, she will be celebrating her time here with a final performance at the JZ Club, and she hopes you all can join her for this festive occasion! It promises to be a lot of fun, as she will also be releasing her first CD that night, which she recorded in Shanghai earlier this year.
Speaking of Billy Marcus, he has been happily living and playing in Dubai since he left Shanghai in February of this year. As Arlene will be going to join him for a contract, he obviously is doing fine and planning to continue playing there for the time being. But first, since we miss him so much, he’s agreed to come visit us in Shanghai for a week. So he should be around when Arlene performs Monday, because he gets into town this Sunday. He should also be playing in the club during the week some time, hopefully with the big band on Saturday. He was originally scheduled to join my band next Thursday, but Hammond organ player Steinar Nickelsen will be in town with his band Excess Baggage, so the regular show is not commencing as usual.
Monday 11pm, 17 September 2007 with Arlene Estrella.
JZ Club. 46 Fuxing Xilu (复兴西路46号)