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Nanjing Jazz Festival 2009

  • Written by Jimmy Olsen
If you like smooth silky jazz in smoky clubs packed with voluptuous babes, look elsewhere. If you like smooth jazz played in uni auditoriums swarming with government dignitaries and trade officials, this weekend's Nanjing International Jazz Festival might be just the ticket. Jimmy Olsen reports. From Fri. Nov. 13 to Tues. Nov. 17, the 'Nanjing International Jazz Festival' goes down at 11 different locations around the city, the bulk of which are theater auditoriums on local college campuses. 

According to the event website, the objective of the festival is to "promote the multi-development of cultural activities in Nanjing, Jiangsu, to upgrade the taste of culture of the city and to broaden the external exchanges of culture in Jiangsu and Nanjing." Further, the organizers (Jiangsu Pronvince Culture and Art Center) also claim a desire to "promote the development of tour in Jiangsu and Nanjing through holding the Music Festival, a new platform, to show to the world the favorable environment of investment in Jiangsu and Nanjing."

Here's a quick summary of some of the scheduled bands:
  • Done Gone Stringband: this group plays old-school country sounds from the hills, porches and kitchens of the North American Plains. Expect a maship of uptempo stuff played on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, etc.
  • Torsten de Winkel with the Canaries All-Stars: this UNESCO-endorsed project brings together Canary & Spanish musicians to jam under the guidance of Torsten de Winkel, who has performed with Pat Metheny, Grandmaster Flash, and Whitney Houston.
  • Snaarmaarwaar: this young Belgian group use guitars and mandolins to play Belgian folk ditties, although you'll catch of hint of Bluegrass (and also some Irish and Italian influences) in their tunes as well.
  • Nueva Manteca: a 7-piece Latin jazz band with strong Cuban influences, these dudes are the most famous band in the lineup (regular airplay on US jazz radio).
  • König Trio: the only band without their own MySpace page, this trio (piano, keyboard, drums) plays a fusion of classical and jazz.

Schedule

13th November (Friday) 7pm
Torsten de Winkel presenting Canaries All-Stars / International
Done Gone Stringband / Canada
Music Hall of Nanjing Art Institute

13th November (Friday) 7.15pm
Snaarmaarwaar / Belgium
Theatre of Southeast University

13th November (Saturday) 7.15pm
Done Gone Stringband / Canada; KÖNIG-TRIO / Germany
Fraser Suites Nanjing

14th November (Saturday) 3:30-4:00pm and 7:30-8:00pm
Snaarmaarwaar / Belgium
DEJI PLAZA

15th November (Sunday) 12:30pm
Nueva Manteca / Netherlands
Sofitel Galaxy Hotel Nanjing

15th November (Sunday) 3:00-3:30 and 5:00-5:30pm
Torsten de Winkel presenting Canaries All-Stars / International
DEJI PLAZA

15th November (Sunday) 7.15pm
Snaarmaarwaar / Belgium
Nanjing University of Science and Technology

15th November (Sunday) 7.15pm
KÖNIG-TRIO / Germany
Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

16th November (Monday) 10am – 11am
Nueva Manteca / Netherlands
Music College of Nanjing Art Institute (Workshop)

16th November (Monday) 7.15pm
Torsten de Winkel presenting Canaries All-Stars / International
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Jin Cheng)

16th November (Monday) 7.15pm
Nueva Manteca/ Netherlands
Theatre of Southeast University

17th November (Tuesday) 10am – 11am
Nueva Manteca / Netherlands
Pop Music College of Nanjing Art Institute (Workshop)

17th November (Tuesday) 7.15pm
Nueva Manteca / Netherlands
Nanjing University of Technology

17th November (Tuesday) 7.15pm
Done Gone Stringband / Canada
Theatre of Southeast University
Ticket info:

Tix from 60 RMB to 300 RMB. To purchase, call 1377 063 1190 (in English or Chinese).

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