International Jazz Day, initiated by UNESCO, is sponsored this year by Herbie Hancock and coordinated by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institut Français in Beijing will celebrate with a film showing, ‘Sur les routes du jazz’, and a conference, followed by a soirée in the Hot Club.
France is often recognised as one of the hot spots for Jazz creation, since the first ragtime introduced by the American army in France during the First World War, with French heritage in Josephine Baker or Django Reinhardt, right up to the Festival of Marciac which attracts the biggest names every year to the South of France.
French Insitute in Beijing - April 30 schedule :
4pm : round table : " Jazz in Beijing"
6pm : Film Screening "Sur les routes du jazz" by Jean-Pierre Bruneau
Participants of Round Table:
Bader Benjelloun, owner Caravan Club
Liu Yuan, musician Liu Yuan Jazz Quartet among others (saxophones, suona,…), ex manager of CD Jazz Café, owner of East Shore Jazz Café, chairman Jazz Society of Chinese Musicians' Association
Adam Huang Yong, founder Beijing Nine Gates International Jazz Festival managing director Beijing 8th Day Culture communication Co. Ltd, excutive vice president and secretary general Jazz Society of Chinese Musicians' Association
Ni Ding, Jazz Instructor at CCOM, Music Program Director for Beijing Tianquiao Performing Arts Center, “Music Talk” ’s radio host at China Radio International
Jonathan Campbell, writer of RED ROCK
Pierre Pradat : Jazz piano player and jazz piano teacher at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy
Sharon Long, Post Mountain / Tree Music, Overseas Project Manager