Editor's Picks March 12-15


JQ’s Birthday Bash

Trumpeter J.Q. Whitcomb is one of the main dudes on the Shanghai jazz scene, playing originals and hard bop standards with his group Five Below every Tuesday at JZ, writing a Shanghai jazz blog, and contributing to the internet (and Hangzhou, I think) jazz radio show called Soulfire. He is turning 30 and is celebrating with a big show, each set of which will have a different arrangements/band. The first set is the mini big band The Magnificent Seven, with arrangements by Rolf Becker of standards and originals, and the premier of a new piece written by J.Q. and arranged by guitarist/ICS celebrity Lawrence Ku. The second set adds three more horns and features arrangements played originally by the samba drummer Edison Machado, as well as some more originals from J.Q. and a guest spot from singer Coco Zhao. The Cotton Club band will run over to do the last set, with Sugar Mama and recent returnee Terence Bowry, and after all that will come the Epic Jam Session. Be there!

JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu near Yongfu Lu

10:00-2:00 at least

No cover


Back to the Roots

Shelter are taking a break from all the big visiting artists and get back to The Lab Crew rocking hip-hop. DJs are HBD, V-Nutz, and Fortune of Shanghai and Shige from Mie Prefecture, Japan (I think), and the MC is Webber from Beijing. Joining them is homeless drummer Kuli. Is a homeless drummer a funky drummer? Be there on Friday to find out!

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Lu


30 RMB cover


Return of The Rogue Transmission

It will be a night of straight up rock at Yuyintang. The Rogue Transmission are welcomed back from a brief period of not rocking by The Dropkicks, DJ Sacco, and Monroe Stahr.

YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu

10:00 start

30 RMB cover


Brain Wave Transmission

Get ready for some out-as-hell minimal electronic music, and I do not mean Techno that you can talk over, I mean weird ambient sounds without any discernible pulse, made with Max/MSP perhaps? I imagine the show this collective of computery artsies puts on will be a sitting down show. There is very little of this music around, so go check out Xu Cheng, Dai Cheng, Ben Houge, Lu Chen, and Hong Qile.

YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu

7:30 start

30 RMB cover

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