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Local jazz man to sax up the Opera House

Dec 5, 2002

localjazzVietnamnews - Ha Noi – Jazz saxophonist Phan Anh Dung will take to the Opera House stage tonight, hot on heels of the Second European Jazz Festival.

This time the performance will have a local flavour, featuring jazzed up version of popular Vietnamese compositions, including Winter nights by Nguyen Van Thuong and Melody of the mountains by Anh Dung.

“The idea is to introduce people to this unique blend of traditional music and conterm-porary jazz” said Dung, who is now saxophone teacher at the Ha Noi Arts School.

Part of the night will also be set aside for classical jazz pieces, including Duke Ellingto’s Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Miles Davis’ So What, Paul Desmond’s Take Five and Chick Corea’s Spain.

Dung will squeeze out the tunes on four different horns, the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone-sax.

He will be joined by his band Green Melody, featuring Trong Kieu and Son Thanh on the piano, Phan Kien on bass and Phan Cuong and Hoang Long on percussion.

The band is known not only for jazz but also light lounge, pop and rock.

Himself a graduate of Ha Noi Art School, Dung entered the world of music at eight when he began studying the violin. He switched to the clarinet seven years later, before talking up the sax in 1985 under the tutelage of renowned Vietnamese saxophonist Quyen Van Minh.

The concert, a one night affair, is being put on by the Ha Noi National Conservatory’s Performance Centre and kicks off at 8pm.

vietnamnews Dec 5 2002

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