Sophie Koh & the Shanghai Mimi Band

Shanghai Mimi Band

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Sophie Koh for Melbourne International Jazz Festival


Melbourne Jazz meets Shanghai pizazz with an evening of musical fireworks inspired by the magic of 1930s Shanghai.

Fall in love with the extraordinary Shanghai Mimi, your cheongsam chanteuse, portrayed by the beguiling Sophie Koh. Directed by John McAll, Shanghai Mimi and her band bring back to life the swinging jazz clubs of old Shanghai. They perform music redolent of the shidaiqu style, a fusion of Chinese folk and American jazz that emerged from Shanghai’s melting pot of local and international talent.

A feast for the ears and the eyes, from the Paris of the East.

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Sophie Koh (Shanghai Mimi) singer

Shanghai Mimi Band
John McAll piano/director
Audrey Powne trumpet
Brennan Hamilton Smith clarinet/saxophone
Jordan Tarento double bass
Hugh Harvey drums
Caerwen Martin cello
Biddy Connor viola


This production is part of the following series:

Jazz in the Salon

Whether traditional jazz is up your alley or you fancy something a little more improvisatory, ambient or electric, step away from the daily grind and into the Salon to experience the sweet sounds of jazz at the Best Place to Hear.

Season One: Awaken

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.