MATCHA: Shanghai Jazz


Special guest Coco Zhao will perform an intimate set of original works and old favorites.

His mother a former Chinese opera singer and his father an opera composer, Zhao (dubbed “the boy Billie Holiday” by a Parisian radio station) discovered jazz at the age of 17 and released his first album “Heart Strings” in Korea just 2 years later. He went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Zhao cross-pollinates Mandarin vocals with the distinct styles of contemporary American jazz sounds. His singing transcends cultures, as evidenced by his sensational reception at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival and his performance at the Kennedy Center. Aside from his appearances abroad, he performs regularly in Shanghai nightspots.

There’ll also be art activities, cash bars, a talk on the birth of jazz in Asia, and docent conversations in Shanghai.
Please click here to hear some of Coco Zhao’s songs.

MATCHA: Shanghai Jazz
Thursday, April 1, 5-9 pm, $10 (includes entry to Shanghai)
Asian Art Museum
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