Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Taiwan's top jazz musicians offered a taste of what promises to be a sizzling Summer Jazz Party at a press conference in Taipei Friday.
Now in its eighth year, the series will highlight Latin jazz, featuring performers such as Cuban maestro Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes and Brazilian singer Eliane Elias, according to the organizer, the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center.
Tickets for the series, which run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10, go on sale June 1.
Tung Shuen-wen, a saxophonist who won a Taiwan Golden Melody Award for music composing, bobbed his head up and down as he played D'Rivera's "Tico Tico" at the press conference.
Tung said the jazz environment in Taiwan has improved a lot over the years.
"Can you imagine that when I was a kid, people weren't allowed to play jazz in the National Concert Hall?" he smiled.
Fred Lui, a local jazz pianist and a Golden Horse Award winner in the category of original film song, said he is excited to see Valdes show his stunning piano skills, especially as Valdes is 193 centimeters tall and "has hands big enough to almost cover the whole keyboard." (by Hsin-Yin Lee)