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Tenor Titans: July Standard

July 17 @ 9:00 pm



Tenor Titans

Wednesday Jazz Standards

Make jazz your lifestyle

High Note Giant Step: July Standard

Jazz is an art form that is dependent on its predecessors and we must respect those who came before us.

Musicians must plant some trees and keep replanting some trees to keep these beautiful things alive .

The 1960s were the golden age of the tenor saxophone. Leaders like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter redefined the instrument, big names like Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon continued the hard bop tradition, while Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, and Pharaoh Sanders pushed the boundaries of free improvisation. Among this group was a young musician from Ohio who had just been discharged from the U.S. Army. His name was Joe Henderson.

” I feel that playing the saxophone is what I was put on this planet to do. We all have to do something, and I choose to play the saxophone. It seems to me that this is the best way to make the most amount of people happy and bring the most happiness to myself. ” – Joe Henderson

When he appeared in the 1960s, jazz was popular in various forms , from mainstream, avant-garde to blues, rock and roll, etc. Joe Henderson played all popular music, his saxophone became the horn of Triton, and he integrated the music, no matter what style or rhythm, into himself. There is no ” typical ” Joe Henderson album, because each of his solos is like the soloist , original and unique, thoughtful and thoughtful, always from the heart, unique, one-of-a-kind.

We might think it would be hard to find your own ” sound ” or ” tone ” in a crowd like that in the ’60s , but Joe Henderson did it. He pioneered his own way of playing the saxophone, which embraced the history of the instrument while exploring new ideas and concepts in jazz. Henderson became a saxophonist’s saxophonist, and his vocabulary integrated the best elements of the jazz field. Although many of his peers were into jazz-rock, and he was open to fusion music and its various sub-supports, Henderson ‘s music in the 1970s never strayed too far from his bebop roots.

As the 1980s arrived, many jazz musicians began to reflect on their traditions, in a sort of neoclassical revival. Henderson himself also revisited his Bebop roots during this time , returning with a classic recording album .

To young jazz musicians, Joe Henderson once noted, ” I’m used to a more unsatisfactory atmosphere, which often produces some of the greatest melodies and works of art. We should be excited about the possibilities, not easily satisfied.”

July Standards, the stories of those innovators, speaking out on the spot

Ticketing Guide

Tips: To have a better live music experience, please read the “Performance Instructions” at the end of this article carefully before booking; the venue seats are limited, please book as early as possible; in order to have more on-site independent beverage options, tickets do not include beverages, and other beverages must be consumed on site

On-site ticket RMB 120 (with seating area)

High Note Giant Step: July Standard

Performance Program

7/10 Bop Era (Prez & Sonny)
Lester Leaps In
Jumpin With Symphony Sid
Pent Up House
St. Thomas
Tenor Madness

7/17 Hard Bop (Golson, Trane & Dex)
Along Came Betty
Killer Joe
Blue Train
Lazy Bird
This I Dig of You
Mr. PC
Cheese Cake
Fried Bananas

7/24 Bop Legacies (Rivers, Henderson)
The Kicker

All performances will be based on the live performance

7/10 & 7/17 & 7/24

July Track Story (Zhu Zexu/Saxophone)

Since jazz entered the pop era in 1936, musicians have been creating music based on their own understanding of harmony. The musicians’ personalities shape their musical styles, and the general environment of the times also affects their works.

Compared with other instruments, the saxophone player’s works have rougher harmonies, sharper melodic lines and wider intervals.

For Standards Night in July, I selected seven greats who ” represent the voice of the tenor saxophone ” —Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson—and divided their repertoire into three eras: bebop, hard bop, and the 1960s.

Band Lineup

SAX Zhu Zexu

Born in Kobe, Japan, he started learning saxophone at the age of eight. He began studying at Berklee College of Music in 2014, studied Bebop style with pianist Barry Harris in 2016, and moved to New York in 2019 to transfer to William Paterson University.

In the past five years, he has performed in China, Japan and the United States, and has collaborated with musicians including Kim Clarke, Wayne Escoffery and Hiroyuki Tsutsui. Graduated in 2022 and moved to Guangdong

KEYBOARD Wang Xiaoyu

Jazz Pianist

He started learning piano at the age of 7, and began to learn jazz in 2016, studying under Hungarian jazz pianist Zoltan Szigeti and American jazz pianist Liu Chuangye. He is good at playing Bebop, Latin and other jazz styles, and has been active in jazz scenes across China in the past two years.

BASS Zhang Congcong

Graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in electric bass, under the tutelage of Professor Wang Daping
Started learning jazz bass in 2019
Studied under the famous American bass player Kim Clarke
His playing style was heavily influenced by Walter Page, Oscar Pettiford and Ray Brown
Active in teaching and jazz performance activities


A member of the Communist Party of China, he planned and founded the “Music and View” jazz drum solo demonstration in his sophomore year. He was deeply influenced by Brian Blade and pursued the degree of fit between him and the musicians. He studied jazz drum performance with Jin Chuan, the percussion master of Zhuhai Grand Theater Art Center, and Duan Ran, a member of the Beijing Marimba Association. He also studied harmony theory and small band writing with Zhang Yichen, a graduate student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany; and Yu Zhenhai, a saxophone teacher at Xinghai Conservatory of Music and the head of Guangzhou Dimension Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with a group of outstanding jazz musicians such as Elad Sobol (Song Yuxiang), Lukasz Lagocki, Ducha, Lan Lan, He Junni (Niu He), Huang Zhengwei, Emma, Zhang Mingwei, etc., and gradually developed a rich rhythm with unique personal characteristics.

《 Performance Notice 》

1.Once the ticket is sold , no refund or exchange will be accepted for any reason ; our official ticket sales channels are currently limited to the official account mall/activity/take partners/share feelings, and early bird tickets are only sold in the official account mall; in order to prevent the disorder of admission caused by reselling in the secondary ticket market, when checking the ticket to enter, the person’s information must be consistent with the information in the order. Please do not purchase tickets through other third-party channels to avoid unnecessary price difference losses.
2.The show will start at 21:00 that evening and will last about two hours with an intermission. For guests who have purchased tickets, our seats will be reserved for you until 21:30 , and will be cancelled after that time . Please be patient when checking your tickets at the venue. To ensure that you can get a seat as soon as possible, please arrive at least half an hour before the show starts . When you enter, the staff will check your tickets and take your seat based on your ticket purchase record.
3.reserve designated seats for you on site according to the order of ticket purchase in the backstage . The venue has limited seats, so please understand if there is a need for shared tables . If you need designated seats, please add our customer service WeChat 15302618010 as soon as possible after purchasing the tickets. We will try our best to coordinate and arrange for you according to the actual situation. Reply “seat” in the backstage of the official account to view the on-site seat map. In order to ensure the good order of the performance, no seat adjustment is accepted on site.
4.Please do not bring any outside food and drinks into the venue area; smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the venue
5.To show respect for the performance , please do not make loud noises during the performance . Please set your phone to silent or vibrate mode. If you need to take photos or videos, please turn off the flash .
6.Please respect the venue and musicians . Applause is the best encouragement for the music scene.
7.We have our own wine design, and fine wine is another wonderful way to experience ROOTS HOUSE


July 17
9:00 pm
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