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JZ Festival's 2017 Lineup Confirmed

By Jul 26, 2017 Music
The bands, quartets, and quintets for the 13th annual JZ Festival have been released. It’s the largest jazz event that goes down in China and this year’ll be two days of music in October, with over forty band from twenty different countries. Tickets are already available on SmartTicket. The headliners include Jeff Lorber, Chris Dave Drumhedz, Theo Croker and Tia Ray, Kool & the Gang, and Andy Summers and the Blue Falcons. Details and the full list of the musicians who’ll be performing


This year’s JZ Festival will expand to seven live stages in Shanghai’s Expo Park. Happening October 14-15. There will be some repeats between Saturday and Sunday so don’t sweat it if you can only make one day. No schedule for each day yet, but time is just a human construct right?


Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

Chris Dave has been playing music for over 30 years. The drummer has been written about in Rolling Stone (as one of the top 100 drummers of all time) and featured on chart-topping albums including Adele’s '21', D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’, Anderson Paak’s ‘Malibu’, and Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose.’
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Jeff Lorber Fusion

Jeff Lorber is a multi Grammy nominated American keyboardist, composer, and record producer. He’s got 26 studio albums and his newest one, ‘Prototype’ (ft. bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak) shows his expansive musical roots with jazz, soul, funk, R&B and gospel influences.
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Theo Croker and Tia Ray

Trumpet player, arranger and composer Theo Croker has become one of the biggest names in contemporary Jazz, after the release of his 2016 album ‘Escape Velocity.’ He’s got a clear '70s funk-jazz influence, while still bringing something original. He’ll be joined by Tia Ray (Yuan Yawei) on vocals, who shot to stardom after an appearance on ‘The Voice of China,' as one does.
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Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang is the group behind 70’s-80’s classics like, ‘Celebration’, ‘Jungle Boogie’, and ‘Open Sesame.’ They’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, and have 31 gold and platinum albums. This funk group has been performing live for over 45 years.
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Andy Summers and the Blue Falcons

Andy Summers Andy Summers is an English musician and former guitarist for The Police. Now he's bringing his new project the Blue Falcons with him to JZ fest. Who are they? No clue.
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Strap In For The Whole Rundown

(Day 1 & 2) October 14 and 15:

These bands will play both days...

Till Brönner and A Bu, Avishai Cohen Trio, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Chucho Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Andy Summers and the Blue Falcons, Theo Croker and Tia Ray, Kool & the Gang, Jeff Lorber Fusion

(Day 1) Saturday, October 14:

These will just play Saturday...

Zhan Xiaoli, Mr. Miss, SIZHUKONG, Ekram and Uncle Jazz, Li Xiaochuan Quintet, Lawrence Ku Trio ft. Michael Ning and John Thomas, Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra and Friends Karima Quintet, Jade Lee Quintet, Mads Mathias Quartet, JZ Wuhan Orinote, Tom Peng's New Grass Band, and Marutyri.

(Day 2) Sunday, October 15:

These will just play Sunday...

Karima Quintet, Sinne Eeg with Jacob Christoffersen Trio, Zhang Xiongguan Quartet,  Zhang Le Quintet, J3 Trio,  TTechmak, Sedar Chin, Shanghai Amsterdam Express, Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra and Friends Karima Quintet, Juliet Zhu, Sambazz Quartet, JZ Guangzhou with Beat and Jingtian Luo Jazz Trio, Starlight Astronauts, and Galen Weston Band

So that's it! That is so much music. If you're a fan of music, and who isn't, you can conveniently get your tickets here.



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