The Shanghai Mimi Band

The Shanghai Mimi Band bring back to life the swinging jazz clubs of old Shanghai. They perform music redolent of shidaiqu style, a fusion of Chinese folk and American jazz that emerged from 1930s Shanghai.

Songs performed in English and Chinese.

The Shanghai Mimi Band play a unique style of jazz. The band and the music were the backbone of the theatre show produced for Sydney Festival 2019, and following on from this season continue to perform independently. Under the musical direction of maestro John McAll and a collection of first class musicians, they have graced the stages of cabaret festivals, arts centres and jazz venues throughout Australasia playing to Chinese and non-Chinese audiences alike. They are in high demand during Lunar New Year celebrations, but also busy throughout the year. They sing in both Chinese and English.

The Shanghai Mimi Band recently welcomed Shanghai born Nikki Zhao as the singer at the 'sold out' Hawthorn Arts Centre show in Melbourne, Australia. Nikki was an absolute triumph and will be a featured singer with The Shanghai Mimi Band again.

The original Shanghai Mimi Band

The band for the premiere season at Sydney Festival included an outstanding mix of talent from around the world. It featured the wonderful Sophie Koh on vocals, John McAll on piano, Brooke Custerson on drums, and Brennan Hamilton-Smith on clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute, guitar & vocals. In addition it featured singer Simon Abbé, ex Cameroon now resident in Beijing, trumpeter Toby Mak direct from Shanghai, and Japanese double bass player Hiroki Finn Hoshino.

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