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Jazz & Popular

“Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.” — Herbie Hancock

Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States. It was born out of a confluence of African and European music traditions. From its early development until the present, jazz has incorporated music from 19th- and 20th-century American popular music. From its beginnings in the early 20th century, jazz has spawned a variety of subgenres: New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910s, big band-style swing from the 1930s and 1940s, and jazz fusion from the 1970s.

As the music has spread around the world, it has drawn on local, national and regional musical cultures, its aesthetics being adapted to its varied environments and giving rise to many distinctive styles of popular music. Since 1971, Min-On has staged a number of unforgettable concerts in many different genres of jazz and popular music, including performances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington from the United States, among many others from around the world.

Gilbert Becaut, French pop singer in 1971

Benny Goodman Jazz Orchestra from USA in 2011

Tina Arena from Australia

Iva Zanicchi, Italian vocalist in 1978

Malcom McNiell from New Zealand

Jazz & Pop

1971   Gilbert Becaut, French pop singer

1978   Iva Zanicchi, Italian vocalist

1980   Gal Costa from Brazil


1984   George Chakiris, Broadways popular singer

1986   Gilberto Gil from Brazil

1986   Wayne Shorter, American jazz saxophonist

1987   Bobby Vinton

1987   Elizeth Cardoso

1987   Susanne Vega, American folk singer

1988   Pat Boone, American popular singer

1988   Tina Turner, American R & B singer

1988   Super Sound Dream Jazz Session in Japan, Herbie Hancock etc.

1990   Patti Page, American pop singer

1990   Natalie Cole, American jazz singer

1991   Chaka Khan, American Rock and Roll singer

1991   Ben E. King, American soul singer

1994   Herbie Hancock, American jazz pianist

1996   Steve Barakatt, Canadian pianist

1996   Elvis Presley Jr., American pop singer

1998   Broadway Musical “Smokey Joe’s “Café”

2001   United Kingdom National Youth Music Theatre

2002   Lina Sastri, Italian pop singer

2002   Korean Musical “GAMBLER” (Seense Musical Company)

2003   “Directions in Music” by Herbie Hancock, Micheal Brecker
and Roy Hargrove

2005   “Emissaries for Peace” by Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter

2006   Nester Torres, American jazz flutist

2009   Shunzo Ono, Japanese American jazz trumpeter

2011   Temptations, American R & B singing group

2011   Benny Goodman Jazz Orchestra from the United States

2014   Sururu na Roda from Brazil

2014   New Orleans Jazz Orchestra


2015   Flairck Global Orchestra

2015   Idan Raichel Project from Israel

2016   Arrow Jazz Orchestra with Margareta Bengtson from Sweden

2017   Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington

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