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Quartet takes the stage in style

IN collaboration with one of Shanghai's renowned independent pop musicians, Wang Hao, local jazz band E-Groove will take the stage in Jin Mao Tower on September 18 and October 23.
The concerts are included in E-Groove's concert tour in Shanghai, featuring different styles of jazz music, including modern jazz, movie soundtracks and saxophone classics.
E-Groove was founded five years ago by five of China's leading jazz musicians - Tang Ying (Max) on saxophone, Zhu Donghuan (Tico) on bass, Zhang Bo (Jumbo) on keyboard, Pan Jianglei (Bill) on drum and Li Xiaochuan on trumpet.
The current E-Groove is a four-piece band after Li went to the United States in 2007 to further his musical career.
The band has developed what it calls the "E-Style" of musical performance and rhythm with the belief that this style will bring everyone a new sensation of musical enjoyment.
"E-Groove represents our spirits. E stands for electric, everyone; Groove stands for rhythm and team," says the group.
After gaining in experience over the years, the group has become one of the driving forces behind China's jazz music scene.
They have been continuously exploring new elements in their music, breaking traditional bounds, absorbing inspiration from different types of musical genres, and thus shaping a unique style of its own. E-Groove injects a brand-new sensation of visual and musical enjoyment into its performances.
The group successfully premiered in 2006 and with a completely new concept of jazz concerts named after different cities, its live shows in the "Jazz City" series have won much acclaim.
Tickets were sold out one week before each performance, and even all the standing tickets were sold well on the day of the performances.
In March 2007, E-Groove performed live with Taiwanese pop singer Benny Chen, a former member of the popular boy band Little Tiger, at the "Love of the Old Days" jazz concert.
The band's performance left the music veteran Chen, music critics and the media with a deep impression of its outstanding musical skills and scintillating performance.
In the upcoming concert, E-Groove will play with Wang Hao, one of the most popular independent pop musicians in Shanghai.
A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the 30-year-old Wang has rich experience in live shows, and is talented at playing all kinds of musical instruments.
Wang is now lead singer at the Melting Pot at 288 Taikang Road, regularly performing pop songs with his friends. He can take almost any role in the band, from vocalist, drummer and pianist to bass.
"Few people know that I have played jazz music for over 12 years. I hope people can come to the concert hall to enjoy the night of jazz," says Wang.

Date: September 18, October 23, 7:30pm
Address: 88 Century Ave (by Lujiazui Rd E.), Pudong
Tickets: 80-200 yuan
Tel: 962-388


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