Hong Kong Jazz Family Fest

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Jan 22-Jan 23

Big jazz for a bigger cause

Most of the year, the jazz scene in Hong Kong feels comparatively underground, with few big events catching mainstream attention. So it’s exciting to see some of the biggest names in the domestic jazz scene
come out and perform for the Hong Kong Jazz Family Fest, hosted by the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, at Grappa’s Cellar. Now in its second year, the festival looks to showcase 
a plethora of artists rooted in a diverse array of musical backgrounds, from the classical sounds of the Hong Kong Philharmonic to charting Cantopop outfits.

Just a few of the standout names at the event include Cantopop duo Soler; Anders Nelsson, leader and vocalist of the Stray Katz Big Band; astounding vocalist Ela Alegre, known for her rock solid soul; singer Ginger Kwan, who debuted in 2013 with the massively soothing album Kwantum Leap; and Janaia Farrell (pictured), who recently performed at the Four Seasons’ Blue Bar with stellar trio Ted Lo, Anthony Fernandes and Justin Siu, also on the night’s roster. Expect the best in Hong Kong jazz over the two-night event.

However, the best reason to buy a ticket may not be the performers, but the cause. The Jockey Club Sarah Roe School is an ESF school dedicated to providing special needs children the education they require to succeed in today’s world. Even though the fest is used to generate much-needed funding to keep the school running, proceeds also go to Nesbitt, The Rock Foundation and Yes Foundation – all organisations dedicated to helping educate children and adults with special needs. With the event run and staffed by volunteers, and all of the musicians and performers also volunteers, every dollar made at the fest goes to a good cause. So come, grab a drink and listen to some big music with even bigger heart behind it. Josiah Ng

Hong Kong Jazz Family Fest Jan 22-23, Grappa’s Cellar, Central. Tickets: $400-$620 (inc two drinks); ticketflap.com.


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