Friday, 31 March 2017

Jazzy Evening

La Mademoiselle et son Orchestre kicking up some lively jazz tunes
I just got back to my hotel after a fun evening catching up with an ex-colleague. After dinner we rode rented bikes -- my first time riding a bike in Beijing on the street! -- to Nanluoguxiang, a hutong a few blocks from Hou Hai, or the back lakes.

We walked down this busy street filled with small shops and eateries, and near the end we turned left into a small street where a bar called Jiang Hu or "river lake" is located. It's in an old Chinese-style house where a band was playing jazz.

The band, La Mademoiselle et son Orchestre, features two French musicians including the female singer, hence "the lady and her band".

They were lively, fun and played so well together. In between songs she would chat in Putonghua with the audience making small jokes we could all understand.

The space was crowded at first when we arrived after 10pm, but thinned out about 45 minutes after, when they finished a set.

So nice to hear easy-listening jazz in a cozy environment! Not something you would easily find in Hong Kong!

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