G had to spend the entire weekend working … oh, the non-joys of life as an architect! … so I headed down to Nathan Phillips Square to take in some of the Toronto Jazz Festival. I am simply nuts about jazz and my radio both at the office and at home is permanently set to 99.1 JAZZ-FM. In particular, I went to see and meet China’s young jazz guru, Coco Zhao.
Coco has been dubbed “The Boy Billie Holiday of China” and his music is a fascinating mixture of jazz coloured by traditional Chinese themes/tunes. Interestingly as well, Coco is one of only a handful of openly out and gay Chinese celebrities. An important point to consider noting this is Toronto Pride Week.
On that note, most folks know I have very little (read: no) patience for the farce that is Pride but will say “Happy Pride” for those who do. My own thoughts on Pride can be found here.
After his gig, I did get to meet and chat with Coco and he is charming, humble and passionate about bringing his form of jazz to the West.