JZ Festival 2015, have you been there?

October was always a special month for music fans. This year from Oct 16th to 18th, the annual event - JZ Festival Shanghai was hold again in Expo Park. People enjoyed more than 20 hours jazz, soul, r&b, blues, fusion and many other music genres and activities in two days.


All began with Earth Lounge Stage. Antonio Serrano & Josemi Carmona, Running Blue, TTechMak, Long Arm, Jfever & Soulspeak, Lord Echo…six bands and musicians that mixed with jazz and electrical elements performed on Earth Lounge Stage on Oct 17th. The show lasted till 10pm. This stage was fulfilled with Latin music on next day. Audiences danced along with Luo Ning Latin Jazz Band, Redic & The Storm Riders, Tinho's Band, Charles Pasi, Noukilla, JZ Latin Project into the night.


Blue Grass Stage also had two themed performances. On the first day, it was about Canadian jazz. Performing groups included Marianne Trudel Trio, Jacques Kuba Seguin, Shangyin Trio & Special Guest Brian Hurley, Yves Léveillé Quintet, Yannick Rieu Quartet. On Oct 18th, most bands played fusion. They were Ya! Voices, Mario Trane Trio, Asaf Sirkis Trio, Return to Mongolia and Drums United.


KOHLER the River Stage was still the most beautiful stage in JZ Festival because it was beside Huangpu River. Besides Joss Stone, Victor Wooten, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Earth,Wind & Fire Experience Featuring The Al McKay Allstars - these four big names, The Verse, Isabella Huang, Crowd Lu, Project Ace, GaoFunk & G-ELEVEN, Shunza & The Red Groove Project all gave people amazing shows on this stage.


A big surprise of JZ Festival Shanghai 2015 was Joss Stone, Victor Wooten, Dee Dee bridgewater, The Earth,Wind & Fire Experience Featuring The Al McKay Allstars performed on KOHLER The River Stage and BMW Master Hall for two days, and Lord Echo played for two days too on Earth Lounge Stage and JZ Club Stage. None of them could be missed anymore! For BMW Master Hall, there were also Tia Ray and Chang Shilei. Estonian Dream Big Band Featuring Coco Zhao, Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, Erica Lee, Jonas Seetoh, Sebastian Schunke "Berlin Quartet" performed on JZ Club Stage, the newest stage of JZ Festival.


JZ Festival’s stage was not only for professional musicians. Common people pursuing music also had chance to perform on Love My Music Stage. And kids had their own stage – JZ School to show the music passion. Besides that, JZ Festival provided family plenty of activities to enjoy the festival which was called Kids Paradise. Audiences danced swing, Zumba and salsa on JZ Life Square. Food Drink from all over the world were tasted and praised. Nautilus Fair and Vinyl Fair always had a long queue. Musicians chatted with audiences in Jazz Café. Drum Zone, Xiami Signing Station, Play2fm, PSA-Dazing Camp, Parade of Jazz Superme, Ukulele Island, Bang The Beats, any of them was a good choice beside the music performances. There were also art exhibitions including Time Traveler Art Exhibition Promoted by Kohler, Let’s Weekly “The Third Portrait”, Jazz Art, and Flabjacks Art And Doodle. About public benefit Activities, there were The Library Project and Animals Asia. Of Course, audiences also came to the after parties in JZ Club, JZ latino, Wooden Box Café and On Stage after the festival shows.


JZ Festival 2015 spread into other cities such as Chongqing, Dalian, Wuhan and Guangzhou city in addition to Shanghai. Maybe next year it will be hold in the town you live in. See you next year!