A reprise of the Nov. 2011 Ningbo concert took place on April 6, 2012. Included in this concert was the debut of Zhang Dawei on double bass. Dawei, a piano student at the university, took the jazz class and learned the blues in 3 days, having never even touched the double bass. With the aid of the irrepressible Tom Smith, director of the jazz program at Ningbo University, the three of us fleshed out the “Butternut Blues”.
Again the remarkable Wang Lei Lei sang two folk songs and gave an unforgettable performance of “Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup”…but in Chinese and French, likely a first for this song. Wang Jian Qiao and I put together a fresh look at a traditional Chinese piece, Chu Yue Xiao Ge (New Year’s Song) with a visit from the Beatles “Norwegian Wood”。 We were also joined again by Song Wen Yue for “Spain” and “Jiang He Shui”.
Yunnan Folk Song
Darling, Je Vous A’ime Beaucoup Wang Leilei, vocal; Burnett Thompson, piano
Chu Ye Xiao Ge/Norwegian Wood Wang Qian Bao, erhu; Burnett Thompson, piano
Jiang He Shui Song Wen Yue, erhu; Burnett Thompson, piano
Butternut Blues Tom Smith, trombone; Burnett Thompson, piano; Zhang Dawei, bass