JZ Festival Shanghai 2017 Presented by Stella Artois | Celebration


Time: Oct.14-15,2017 (Sat&Sun)

Venue: Expo Park, Expo Avenue, near Shangnan road

Audience Entrance: Celebration Square

Pre-sale: 260RMB

Door: 320RMB

Free entry for children under 1.3m


【To buy tickets】:

Ticket Type Sales End Price  
2017.10.14 SAT Day 1预售票 October 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM ¥ 260.00 CNY
2017.10.15 SUN Day 2预售票 October 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM ¥ 260.00 CNY


The 13th edition of the famous JZ Festival will take place on October 14th-15th at Shanghai Expo Park. CELEBRATION is the theme of this world-class jazz music festival this year. More than 40 bands from China and 20 different countries will perform on seven live stages for two days. Headliners include Kool & The Gang, Andy Summers and the Blue Falcons, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, and Jeff Lorber Fusion. The other confirmed JZ Festival Artists are Nils Landgren Funk Unit, one of the very best funk bands in Europe; the Australian-born Chinese trumpet player: Toby Mak; one of the finest jazz vocalists in the UK: Tina May; Theo Croker, resident at Shanghai’s House of Blues and China’s most awarded trumpet player: Li Xiaochuan.


Full lineup of JZ Festival Shanghai:


Nils Landgren Funk Unit

Nils Landgren Funk Unit has established itself as one of the very best funk bands in Europe. They have received top honors at German Jazz Awards and were a featured act at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. Nils is instantly recognizable by his signature red trombone. He is also an avid philanthropist, having donated proceeds from his albums to help those from less fortunate countries. After two decades and almost a dozen recordings, Funk Unit continues to entertain audiences worldwide with their lively stage act.


Toby Mak

Australian-born Chinese trumpet player Toby Mak was mentored by Motown legend Gil Askey before moving to Shanghai as a professional musician. He has had the opportunity to work with international artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter, Laura Fygi, Richard Sussman, and Theo Croker. Over the past ten years, Toby has established himself as one of the most in demand jazz trumpet players in China. He continues to hone his craft and is credited on over thirty albums in styles ranging from jazz, funk, and R&B.


Theo Croker

Theo Croker is the grandson of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He displayed tremendous talent on the trumpet at an early age and became the first artist in residence at the Ritz Theatre before he graduated high school. After graduating Oberlin College Conservatory, Theo relocated to Shanghai where he took up residency at Shanghai’s House of Blues. His dynamic trumpet playing caught the attention of two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater who invited him to join her on tour. She also produced Theo’s debut for Okeh Records, a jazz subsidiary of Sony Music and distributor of his last three albums.


Li Xiaochuan

Li Xiaochuan is China's most decorated jazz trumpet player and served as the director of woodwind & brass department at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. During his studies abroad, he was named as a finalist in the jazz division of the United States National Trumpet Competition. Soon afterwards, Grammy Award-winning bassist Eddie Gomez invited Li to play several dates across Asia. He was also a special guest for Pat Metheny Unity Group's first ever performance in China at the 2014 JZ Festival. Li’s most recently collaborated with Grammy Award-winning composer Gast Waltzing for a special project entitled “Jazz Meets China.”


Sinne Eeg

Sinne Eeg’e distinctive vocals and original compositions have earned her a loyal and rapidly growing fan base in her native country of Denmark and around the world. Considered the preeminent jazz vocalist in Scandinavia, Sinne has also made her mark in Japan, China, and throughout Europe with her exquisite live performances and award-winning studio recordings. Sinne has received numerous awards including the DR P2 Jazz Prize, and three Danish Music Awards including Best Vocal Jazz Album. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize, and in 2015, 60 French critics paid their tribute with one of Europe’s most distinguished awards, Academie du Jazz, for “Face the Music.”


Coco Zhao

Coco Zhao is a most distinguished Chinese jazz singer who has had a storied history as an ambassador of musical and cultural exchange. In 1998, Coco was selected to perform for American president Bill Clinton and his family during their visit to Shanghai. Coco and the Possicobilities were also the first Chinese group to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2006. In 2010, Coco was honored to receive the prestigious Asian Cultural Council grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also featured as a special guest vocalist for Stacey Kent's Shanghai debut performance in 2015.


Tina May

Considered one of the finest jazz vocalists the UK has ever produced, Tina May has been recognised for her vocal art on more than one occasion. She was selected Number One Vocalist and the Critic’s Choice at 1998 BT Jazz Awards and was voted Critic’s Number One for the 1995 British Jazz Vocalist Award. She also was the recipient of London’s Outstanding Young Musician Award in 1993.


Tia Ray

Tia Ray was born in Anjiang Township, Huaihua, in central China's Hunan Province. She is the lead singer of the ThaKnutZ Band, China's first band to blend R&B, soul, hip-hop and funk musical styling on a jazz base. Tia became well known in the mainland for her rendition of “Curvy Moon,” which she performed on The Voice of China. At the end of 2014, Tia released her first album <T.I.A.> which received Best Soul/R&B Album at the JZ Awards and Best Youth Singer & Best Performance at the 10th Music King Awards.


Le Zhang

Lauded by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as "a rising young star with a remarkable gift" for their collaboration on the Zen Shaolin Project, jazz singer and composer Le Zhang bridges the power of traditional Chinese musical arts with modern American jazz. Le Zhang won the Sir Roland Hanna Memorial Awards for jazz performance in NYC and was a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Equally at home as arranger and vocalist, she is active as a performer in both NY and Shanghai. Her original music and arrangements of traditional Chinese folk songs in modern jazz context are capturing the attention of the American and Chinese Public alike. Le Zhang is currently working with Emmy Winning Producer Dave Liang for their albums.