Shanghai Jazz/As Time Goes By In Shanghai

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A film with the KBOO/Clinton Street Theater REEL COOL JAZZ SERIES! Admission: suggested $5-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds!!
"During the Cultural Revolution, they wouldn't let us play music. Finally, one day we heard Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on the radio...then we knew it was over." The members of this Shanghai jazz band have seen it all—from the Japanese occupation, to the Communist Cultural Revolution, to turbo capitalism—but what lies ahead could be their greatest adventure yet.
Shanghai's Peace Old Jazz Band has been performing together since 1980, but the group’s members have been playing much longer than that. Aged between 65 and 87 years, many of them have been playing jazz since the 1940s and have seen the world transform. From the Japanese occupation and the Cultural Revolution to capitalism on overdrive, the band members have seen the many faces of China and withstood the government’s suspicions of jazz. Through ages of political upheaval they never lost their faith and belief in their music. Now comes one of their biggest challenges: each year Rotterdam hosts the North Sea Jazz Festival and this year, Peace Old Jazz Band plans to make the trip.
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By: KBOO Community Radio

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