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Shanghai Jazz


Shanghai Jazz


November 19, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Bovard Auditorium


3551 Trousdale Pkwy

Los Angeles, 90089


In 1935, Los Angeles–based musician Buck Clayton formed a jazz band called Harlem Gentlemen to perform in Shanghai. Li Jinhui, who is considered the father of Chinese popular music, had been performing in the “Paris of the East” for years when Clayton and his colleagues arrived. Clayton and Li eventually worked together to form a new and unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. USC Thornton School of Music professor Ron McCurdy and alum Gary Shields will celebrate the collaboration of Li Jinhui and Buck Clayton in this boundary-breaking performance.