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Senior jazz artist releases new album

Jun 24, 2009

VietNamNet Bridge - Saxophonist Quyen Van Minh and Bigband Red River have released a jazz music album of classical works of the world.

“I want to send to people who want to learn about jazz music the atmosphere of a real performance. The Hanoi Opera House is too small and too far from people in provinces. Directly-recorded albums are very important in my career,” said Quyen Van Minh before his latest live show in Hanoi.

On April 12, 1994, a solo show by saxophonist Quyen Van Minh at the Hanoi Opera House marked the connection between the artist and jazz music. The show was recorded in the studio of the Vietnam Television (VTV) (at that time VTV was unable to directly record the show at the Hanoi Opera House).

Last April, Quyen Van Minh and his son, saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac, put on the show “Father, Son & Jazz” at the Hanoi and HCM City Opera Houses.

A DVD and CD, which were directly recorded at the venues, were introduced by the Thang Long Audio and Video JS Company. This April, Quyen Van Minh had two big shows, “Quyen Van Minh and Friends with Jazz”, introducing the only big band in Vietnam, and “Father, Son and Jazz II”.

Thang Long Audio and Video JS Company, Quyen Van Minh’s ten-year partner, released a DVD and CD of the show at the Hanoi Opera House.

Besides two Vietnamese works by Quoc Truong and Ha Dung, the remaining works are world jazz masterpieces, for instance Body and Soul, In a Mellow Tone.

The Bigband Red River was established in 2000 by Quyen Van Minh, Nguyen Quoc Truong and French saxophonist Laura Schwab. The band has performed at many big festivals in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City.

Source: VietNamNet/TP

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