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About JZ Festival
Since its inception in 2005, JZ Festival has become the biggest jazz festival in China and the second biggest jazz festival in Asia. It is held annually over a weekend in October. The core of JZ Festival is jazz music but it also expands to cover many other musical elements such as soul, blues, folk, pop, rock and electronic music. This inclusion of many other musical elements shows the spirit of jazz; incorporating fusion of music and improvisation. Many of the top international musicians have performed at JZ Festival including Joss Stone, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Kenny Garrett, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Famous Chinese music artists to have performed include Sandy Lam, Karen Mok, Cui Jian, Chang Csun Yuk, and Mavis Fan. Although the festival had always been held in Shanghai, it has also been held in Beijing, Guangzhou, Dalian, and Chongqing since 2013.