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 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.