Happily Introducing the Band
The 1991 Legacy of Jazz Big Band in Hong Kong
Roots of our band goes back to 1991 when the band leader Kenny Matsuura gathered a group of enthusiastic yet young musicians both locals and expatriates at live jazz clubs in the town to practice and play jazz. The first big band show was held at the HK Fringe Club organized by his "Flying Machine" jazz group.
Happy-Go-Lucky Big Band formed in 2010 inherits the sprit in the legacy of this earlier jazz movement in Hong Kong.
Jazz is often quoted as a true form of American music. The name Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington is undoubtedly at the top of the list in jazz history as the greatest composer, pianist and the bandleader with a vision. His music is still considered as a flesh and blood of modern days jazz music. He brought this great American music to yet higher ground.
Duke once said; There are only two kinds of music in my mind, good music and not good music.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 1937
Our love for Duke Ellington and his music lead us to a life-long search of true meaning in jazz. We adore jazz music, and above all, we appreciate works of Duke Ellington. Yes, our band studies, analyses and plays music composed by Sir Duke - the true legend.