爵士樂迷遊園地
Jazz Lovers’ Must-Go Places

《愛樂之城》(La La Land)這部以爵士樂手為背景的電影早前已在金球獎等各大電影頒獎禮橫掃多個獎項,
其中在第89屆奧斯卡金像獎14項提名中贏得6個大獎,包括最佳導演和最佳女主角等。電影播放至今,帶動出一片爵士樂熱潮。
本文挑最好的、最熱門的爵士樂表演,喜歡《愛樂之城》的樂迷可以參考以下的選擇,踏入爵士樂的大門。

La La Land took the world by storm with its record-breaking Golden Globe wins. In the 89th Academy Awards,
it got 14 nominations and 6 wins, including the directing and actress in a leading role. The romantic
Hollywood musical brings jazz to the mainstream. Let’s start a journey into jazz inspiration.

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美國爵士樂大師奇克.柯瑞亞American Jazz master Chick Corea

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澳洲表演的陣容。Line up in White Beach Boracay.

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即興爵士樂

可記得片中提到男主角玩的Jazz以即興演奏為主,而Chick Corea就是即興演奏Jazz 的大師,當年他提拔日本新冒起的爵士樂鋼琴音樂家上原廣美時,就是問了一句:「你懂得爵士樂中的即興演奏嗎?」後來二人就相約起來,在台上表演即興演奏爵士樂。

Chick Corea是以研究音樂精神著名的爵士樂鋼琴音,出道早期已經努力探索音樂,曾經把東方音樂及西班牙音樂融入到爵士樂裡面,再進行即興演奏。

早前他在香港的表演,反應非常熱烈,錯過了表演的話,還有機會。最近期的表演,算是4月27日澳洲的這一場,提醒一下,他遊走世界各地表演,是有三條音樂路線,香港的一場是以Elektric Band形式表演,澳洲的這一場表演則是三人組Trio形式表演,前者的音樂較熱鬧豐富,後者三人組是較清簡,更能表現出天衣無縫的高手即興音樂交流,是大師級之選。其餘二位樂手是Eddie Gomez 和Brian Blade,皆是樂壇好手。其實Eddie Gomez年事已高,他忽然宣布退休絕不出奇,因此更不能錯過。
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Ryan Gosling’s character in La La Land always plays jazz improvisation,similar as Chick Corea, the master likes no others. Known for his effort to explore in multiple types of music, Corea has tried to infused oriental and Spanish music into jazz for decades. He preformed the show with Elektric Band in Hong Kong earlier, if missed out the show, follow his upcoming gig in Australia with his trio,featuring fellow jazz masters Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade. This is a line-up that you shouldn’t miss.
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Eddie Gomez是隊中低音樂手。Eddie Gomez is the double bassist of the band.

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Carnegie Hall

卡內基音樂廳 Carnegie Hall

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音樂聖地卡內基音樂廳

美國紐約的卡內基音樂廳,在不少音樂電影之中時常出現,被形容為爵士樂手夢寐以求可以一登舞台表演的聖地,由此可見地位超然。此表演場地由多個場館組合而成,當中以小提琴家Isaac Stern名字命名的純演奏廳主場館Isaac Stern Auditorium最具認受性。音樂廳是純演奏廳,大家可以專心欣賞音樂之餘,也欣賞到1890年建成的古代建築。5月7日在卡內基音樂廳就有一場Emerson String Quartet的演奏會,這樂隊是古典樂的弦樂高手,一眾音樂迷可前往欣賞。
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Appeared in many musical films, New York’s Carnegie Hall is every jazz musician’s dream. Built in 1890, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, named after one of the premier violinists of the 20th century, is an exceptional architecture to compliment the musical performance. As a professional string ensemble, Emerson String Quartet will take the stage on 7th May at Carnegie Hall.
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主館Isaac Stern Auditorium名字正是以小提琴家Isaac Stern命名以表敬重。
The Isaac Stern Auditorium was named violinist IsaacStern to recognize his efforts.

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Beautiful the Musical Jessie Mueller Carole King Ashley Blanchet Ensemble Jeb Brown Don Kirshner E. Clayton Cornelious Ensemble Joshua Davis Ensemble Alysha Deslorieux Ensemble Kevin Duda Ensemble Jake Epstein Gerry Goffin Carly Hughes Ensemble Sara King Ensemble Rebecca LaChance Ensemble Anika Larsen Cynthia Weil Liz Larsen Genie Klein Douglas Lyons Ensemble Chris Peluso Ensemble Arbender J. Robinson Ensemble Sara Shepard Ensemble Rashidra Scott Ensemble Antoine L. Smith Ensemble Jarrod Spector Barry Mann Melvin Tunstall Ensemble Music and Lyrics Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Book Douglas McGrath Director Marc Bruni Choreographer Josh Prince Set Designer Derek McLane Costume Designer Alejo Vietti Lighting Designer Peter Kaczorowski Sound Designer Brian Ronan

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音樂人傳奇一生

除了以上介紹的重點人物和地方,近來值得推介的熱門音樂劇,有今年在最新推出以傳奇音樂家卡羅爾.金(Carole King)的一生編寫而成的百老匯人物傳記劇《美麗:卡羅爾.金的音樂劇》(Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)。她在60 年代以創作人身份寫了二十多首熱門歌曲,後來自己主唱的唱片《Tapestry 》於1971年推出,高踞美國音樂專輯榜首15個星期,並留在專輯榜上超過六年,真正一張唱片永留樂壇。多年來,她甚少接受訪問或面對公眾。今次難得能夠在歌劇之中,了解她的一生,又可以聽盡她的名曲,非常值得。《美麗:卡羅爾.金的音樂劇》即日起至五月在英國倫敦Aldwych劇場演出。
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The inspiring story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King has been made into a Broadway musical. Started as a composer in the 60s, she has written more than 20 hit songs before producing her own album, Tapestry, in 1971. Topping the chart for the first 15 weeks of its release, it is regarded as one of the best pop album of all time. As she rarely gave interviews since many years ago, the musical allows fans to get to know her while listening to her classics. Beautiful: The Carole King musical is available from now to May at Aldwych Theatre, London.
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1563 At The East

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張駿豪 Teriver Cheung

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香港爵士樂重地

1563 At The East是香港新冒起的音樂餐廳,過往有不少出色音樂人在此表演,不過近日提到它,大家聯想起來的是《愛樂之城》,因為餐廳跟電影公司拍了一條模擬《愛樂之城》電影風格的電影,一鏡不間斷,由灣仔街頭一直走到利東街街末,在網絡甚受歡迎。

此餐廳主打本土音樂特色,還專心製作創意菜式。表演方面,可以留意「野野西」這隊新組合,他們時常都會在此場地表演,音樂風格有騷靈等等。

提到亞洲及港澳的爵士樂手,必定想起包以正。其實除了包大師之外,要留意這位新一代的爵士樂代表人物——張駿豪。他生於香港,在紐約開展爵士樂生涯,近來逗留在中港澳的時間稍多。他最為人注意的作品,要數到上年,與香港中樂團合作,以唐代音樂加入爵士樂,意境天馬行空。他是亞洲地區爵士樂的重要音樂人物,已得知五月將會舉行一連串的中國巡迴演出,地點包括廈門、南寧和深圳,有興趣可在5 月22 日到深圳南山文體中心走一趟。

至於包以正是第一位衝出香港跟不少國際音樂人合作的香港樂手。最近,他與渡邊香津美合組「結他三國志」演出和推出唱片,叫樂迷驚喜。現在他不定期在香港中環的音樂酒吧Orange Peel表演,即使平日也可以看到爵士音樂人的精彩演出。

Jazz音樂在世界各地的表演甚多,有穿華麗服裝走入音樂廳,也有輕鬆隨意的餐廳酒吧。相同地,Jazz音樂可以複雜難明,也可以是輕鬆簡單,重點是讓人享受到最高境界的精彩音樂。
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A recently established live-house-diner hybrid, 1563 at The East paid tribute to La La Land with a viral video, which mimicked the film’s uncut long take along the streets of Wanchai. While serving creative cuisine, the venue offers local Cantopop performance, with soul band Wild Wild West among its frequent performers.

Eugene Pao is probably the first Hong Kong jazz musician name you can think of, but Teriver Cheung is definitely the next big thing. Started his career in New York as a jazz guitarist, Teriver has moved back to Hong Kong in recent years. Last year’s collaboration with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, where he incorporated jazz into Tang Dynasty music, generated positive review. He will soon to have his solo tour in China, with gigs planned in Xiamen, Nanning and Shenzhen.

As for Eugene Pao, who was the first Hong Kong jazz musician to perform in the international stage, he has recently released his collaborative brilliance with Kazumi Watanabe in their Asian Super Guitar Project. If you want to see his live, visit Central’s Orange Peel for his occasional performance.

From formal auditoriums to causal bars, there are limitless venues for jazz performance. While jazz is an equally broad musical genre, ranging from relaxing smooth jazz to the technical bebop, it is probably one of the most enjoyable sounds you can hear.
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參考指南This Year’s Guide

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www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/the-best-jazz-albums-of-20160/

這是英國電訊報 (Telegraph)在2016年選出的唱片,不過樂評人仍然是喜愛舊年代的爵士樂大師的舊錄音重新發行以新格式推出的唱片。
The best jazz albums of 2016 according to the Telegraph. Although the albums were published just last year, the music in them is from the jazz masters of the olden days.
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www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/50-greatest-jazz-albums-ever

這裡有爵士樂的五十大最佳唱片,是入門級的最佳指南。
Fifty Greatest Jazz Albums, best for beginners.
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日本尋寶 Treasure Hunt in Japan

日本東京千代田 Disk Union Jazz TOKYO

東京是買Jazz唱片的必到勝地,而此店更是全場以爵士樂唱片為主,是亞洲區數一數二。此店最近推介Dave Brubeck 在1955 年的現場live 唱片「At the Sunset center carmel 」,是Dave 最年輕有衝勁時期的作品。
Tokyo is a paradise for jazz lovers for its variety of shops selling gramophone records. Disk Union sells only jazz records and is a leader in Asia. Its latest recommendation is Dave Brubeck’s live record At the Sunset Center, Carmel 1995.
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網上尋寶 Treasure Hunt Online

www.jazzcds.co.uk/

需要音樂專家指點的話,discogs.com有不少舊版黑膠唱片選購。爵士樂方面,jazzcds這個英國網分類清楚,具指標性作用,依照其最佳十大列表去挑選唱片肯定買到心頭好。
discogs.com is influential for offering a selection of old gramophone records. Look no further than jazzcds for jazz music, its top ten chart is a good point for music lovers to buy the great jazz CDs.
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Jazz World Live Series

香港的Jazz World原是一間唱片店,後來主辦了不少出色的爵士音樂會,把國際巨星帶到來港澳表演,對於推動音樂,不遺餘力。包括上文提到的Chick Corea正是由他們主辦,早前還有辦過Larry Carlton 和Pat Metheny 二位音樂大師的表演。五月的表演有Sinne Eeg 與香港的Ted Lo 在大學會堂合演。大家可以留意網上消息,偶有Jazz 音樂會的驚喜。
Hong Kong record store Jazz World has organised a range of concerts before, bringing world-class jazz musicians, such as Clink Corea, Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny, to Hong Kong and Macau. In May Sinne Eeq and Hong Kong’s Ted Lo will perform at the Academic Community Hall.
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澳門國際音樂節 Macao International Music Festival

www.icm.gov.mo/fimm

每年約十一月,就是舉行澳門國際音樂節的大日子,除了邀請世界各地音樂家來表演之外,表演還會在別具特色的世遺景點上演。前年就邀請了知名的Patti Austin來表演,她曾獲格林美獎「最佳爵士演唱專輯」,奠定了在樂壇中的爵士女聲地位!
Macao International Music Festival is held every November. Top musicians from around the world perform in theatres as well as world heritage sites. Grammy awardee and jazz singer Patti Austin performed in the event the year before.
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