Blue Pipa Trio

From Harlem to Shanghai and Back

Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, sanxian and voice; Dean Johnson, bass and Steve Salerno guitar

“From Harlem to Shanghai and Back” recasts the work of legendary jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, along with Ms. Min’s own compositions.

Jazz trumpeter and composer Buck Clayton was a leading member of Count Basie’s Old Testament orchestra. He brought Kansas City Swing to Shanghai in the mid-1930s and worked closely with the father of Chinese popular music Li Jinhui, who contributed hundreds of songs to the Chinese musical canon. Clayton is credited for helping close the gap between American jazz and traditional Chinese music. His effect on Li’s music helped ushered in a brief era of “Chinese jazz” and helped change musical history.


1, “Horse Roundup” (Min Xiao-Fen)

2, “Buck Huckles Reunion” (Buck Clayton & Li Jinhui), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno

3 , “Night of Moon” (Li Jinhui), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno

4, “Moten Swing meets Li Juhui” (Count Basie & Li Jinhui), arranged by Steve Salerno

5, “Blue and Sentimental/Tiger Knocking on the Door” (Count Basie & Li Jinhui), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

6, “Satin Doll, Shanghai Doll” (Duke Ellington & Chen Gexing), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno

 Additional Program

1, “A Pair of Flowers” (Min Xiao-Fen)

2, “Red Hair Boy Dancing with Golden Snake” (American Bluegrass), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steven Salerno

3, “Chinese Take Out” (Min Xiao-Fen)

4, “Fascinating Chinese New Year” (George  Gershwin), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

5, “Wildwood Flower” (American Bluegrass)

6, “Dancing with the Moon” (Min Xiao-Fen)