Jasmine Chen is an exceptionally talented Chinese Jazz Vocalist, Lyricist and Songwriter. She is the hit jazz singer in China. She learned professional jazz knowledge from two famous UK jazz singers, Louise Gibbs and Tina May while she studied in Leeds College of Music in the UK and got the Bachelor’s degree of Classical music.
After her return to China, she based on Chinese traditional music and figured out a special kind of Chinese Jazz music that combined oriental music style with the western jazz music style. She was also the first Chinese singer who was invited to the 2011 North Sea Jazz Festival held in Netherlands. She had shared the stage with many famous musicians and bands from China and abroad, such the guitarist Jeff Peterson, who got the USA 2011 Grammy Music Award nominee, Brazile famous musician Filo Machado, Shanghai JZ Big Band.
She studied at Exeter International School, Liverpool Community College and Leeds College of Music for her BA(Hons) in Music. “The Color Of Love” album released in 2008 was Jasmine’s first independent music album, collaborating with American pianist Steve Sweeting, combining Chinese music with Western jazz style. “Shanghai Jazz 2” album was by Australian composer / producer John Huie’s 2nd “Shanghai Jazz” album, contains contributions from a cast of more than twenty talented young Chinese musicians, the leaders of an exciting jazz revival amidst the dramatic social and economic reform of the New Shanghai.
She did with Steve Sweeting “Harbor–Brazilian & Chinese Music Encounters” Concert (Shanghai) in June 2011. Chinese and Brazilian music concert at Shanghai Concert Hall.
Presented by Brazilian Consulate Shanghai, and Shanghai News Office. She also performed at North Sea Jazz Festival 2011 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) in July 2011. Jasmine and the Shanghai Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band.
She also performed at Taichung Jazz Festival 2011 (Taichung, Taiwan), Jasmine & Her Jazz Men brought Shanghai Jazz to Taiwan. She had memorable performances at “Shanghai Night” Concert Series 2012 (Denmark) Music tour at Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Sonderborg. Represented by Chinese Culture Department, Chinese Consulate Denmark, SMG Group. Jasmine Chen gave musical performances at “Shanghai Club” Concert Series 2012 (Melbourne, Australia) in March 2012 presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.
Jasmine Chen is an exceptionally talented Chinese Jazz Vocalist, Lyricist and Songwriter. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are a jazz vocalist. You represents a rare instance of old-fashioned sophistication.Today you are one of Shanghai’s most captivating performers. What factors you consider are responsible for your such a spectacular success?
Ms. Jasmine Chen: Singing is always my passion, and jazz music has played an important role in my life, I always want to share my singing and music with people.
However, being a jazz singer in China hasn’t been easy, because jazz has never been a popular or well-known music form here, the only connection between Chinese and jazz was back to 1920s-1960s, the Americans brought jazz music to Shanghai, then several Chinese songwriters added jazz elements into their music, so the locals started to be familiar with the word “jazz”.
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