A subtly sweet and highly fragrant musical blend
Jodi Proznick Trio:
Jodi Proznick bass ♦ Bill Coon guitar ♦ James Danderfer clarinet/bass clarinet
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble
Jirong Huang erhu ♦ Zhongxi Wu suona ♦ Sarah Yusha Tan guzheng
Guest artist: Liam Macdonald percussion
In the 1920s, jazz was alive and swinging in the cabarets and nightclubs of Shanghai where American big band sounds melded with Chinese folk melodies.
The love of jazz and a mutual interest in the melding of musical languages led to the first presentation of Jasmine Jazz in Vancouver in 2014 featuring Jirong Huang on erhu, Sarah Yusha Tan on guzheng and Zhongxi Wu on sheng and suona with Arnt Arntzen on banjo and vocals, Jodi Proznick on bass and Bruce Henczel on percussion. Since then, the Ensemble return again and again to this unusual and exquisite interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments. And each time, the music has grown in depth and scope.
In 2022, Jasmine Jazz features the same three musicians of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians and composers: Jodi Proznick on bass, Bill Coon on guitar and James Danderfer on clarinets.
Jasmine Jazz is about musical conversations, an east meets west experience, full of beauty, harmony and mutual respect. The repertoire is a beautiful mix of songs pulled from jazz and traditional Chinese folk music and original composition by members of the ensemble.
It is with pleasure we present to you the first recording of Jasmine Jazz on planet Earth.
Producer: Jodi Proznick
Recording Engineer: Sheldon Zaharko/ Zed Productions
Mastering: Chris Gestrin
Artwork: John Endo Greenaway/ BigWaveDesign
Photography: Michele Mateus
Jasmine Jazz was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC on July 6 and 7, 2021.
Little Sunflower 7:26
Jasmine Flower 5:44
On and On 4:28
Moon Represents My Heart 4:38
Autumn Leaves 7:54
Ye Shanghai 2:55