The Hong Kong Fringe Club, a Grade-1 heritage building dating back to the 1890s and a cultural landmark in Central, will be the venue for the “Jazz Age II Party: This Side of Paradise” on Tuesday April 30. The party, featuring seven renowned local jazz bands performing irresistibly danceable tunes, starts at 7:30pm and will continue until late into the night.
The phrase “This Side of Paradise” comes from the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most famed American novelists of the Jazz Age (and he borrowed the phrase from a poem by Rupert Brooke).
Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in Jazz-Age style – for ladies, that means accessorising with bangles and beads, plus fringes and fascinators, while for gentlemen, dancing shoes and Panama or Fedora hats are recommended.
The old Dairy Farm shop at the Fringe Club will be transformed into an ostentatious “Paradise” with flashy, bling-bling crystal decorations; the Underground Theatre will exude the classic ambience of a 1920s American jazz club, and the Upstairs Theatre will be turned into a jazzy and trendy chill-out space with special lighting.
“Originating in the 1920s in the United States, jazz music is not only a dynamic musical genre but also a social unifier. Its influence and popularity mean the 1920s are known as ‘the Jazz Age’. On April 30, International Jazz Day, we hope everyone will get up out of their seat to interact with the musicians and have a relaxing and memorable musical experience. ‘Jazz Age II Party: This Side of Paradise’ also marks the successful conclusion of our year-long project, ‘Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe’,” said Benny Chia, Director of the Fringe Club.
Of the seven bands performing on the night, five are led by acclaimed local jazz musicians: Hong Kong’s “Jazz Godfather” Ted Lo, award-winning composer and pianist Patrick Lui, premier blues harmonica player Henry Chung, talented jazz and blues guitarist Tjoe Man Cheung, and leading Canto-jazz singer Kylie Choy. In addition, two established big bands, the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra led by Taka Hirohama and the Happy-Go-Lucky Big Band led by Kenny Matsuura, will take to the stage, with guest appearances by jazz diva Elaine Liu and singer Raymond Young.
Party-goers are sure to enjoy dressing up; dancing to jazz standards, ranging from jazz standards to Swing, and from original songs to Canto-jazz; indulging in nostalgic 1920s-themed cocktails, and experiencing the extravagant and romantic golden age of jazz.
An exhibition of photographs of memorable moments during the “Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe” project will be on show in the Vault Café at the Fringe Club, opening on the night of the party, April 30, and ending on May 31.
The party on April 30 is the second “Jazz Age Party” at the Fringe Club – the first one was held on September 1, 2018.
The “Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe” project is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Jazz Age II Party: This Side of Paradise
Date: April 30, 2019 (Tuesday), 7:30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
Ladies - Bangles & Beads, Fringes & Fascinators
Gents - Hats (Panama or Fedora) & Dancing Shoes
Standard: HK$220 / Fringe Members HK$210
Group: HK$200 (5 tickets or more)
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