Fusion group to launch new CD at JZ Club

J3 Trio will hold a concert at JZ Club on January 25 to celebrate the launch of a new CD.

Funk, rock, modern jazz and traditional Chinese music — four somewhat different music genres can be simultaneously found at the J3 Trio CD launch concert to be staged at JZ Club on January 25.

The band, formed in 2010, consists of keyboard player Huang Jianyi, saxophonist Wilson Chen and drummer Jhonny Joseph.

Huang was awarded the Pee Wee Russell scholarship by the New Jersey Jazz Society in 2007. Chen acts as the chief saxophonist at both the JZ All Star Big Band and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble. Jhonny, born into a musical family, is widely known as the best drummer in Mauritius.

After four years of preparation, the trio will present their latest album “Op. 2 Crystal Purple” to local jazz fans at the concert, along with the story behind the creation. Integrating Western and traditional Chinese music, the highly rated jazz band is famous for its fusion of genres.

At the very beginning, J3 Trio put emphasis on improvisation — one instrumentalist created a fresh melody and then the other musicians repeated the cycle of chord changes of a tune.

The trio quickly earned fans by giving live performances at various jazz festivals. In 2011, J3 Trio released their debut album “Redman,” which went on to win the Best Fusion Album at the 1st JZ Awards while the band was awarded Best Band.

Performance details

Date: January 25, 9pm

Tickets: 100 yuan

Tel: 5309-8221

Venue: JZ Club

Address: 158 Julu Rd

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