Upon arriving in Shanghai, we were greated by Chaney who was our saviour throughout the entire time at the festival. We can’t thank her enough. Once in China we had other students who helped us with a variety of challenges, but Chaney was the constant source of support and solutions to everything. We were loaded into a bus along with other international bands and headed for Nanjing – a four hour ride from the Shanghai airport.
The day after our arrival we performed at the Nail Jazz Bar which was like stepping into a Jazz Club from the 1920’s. It’s an experience that you can’t get in North America anymore. A small club with a full balcony and people hanging over the railing to hear you and people crowded in to every corner – most of them smoking – beer and spirits constantly flowing freely around the room. At the same time they are digging the music and celebrating “down time”. A wonderful experience to be a part of.
The band made good use of the down time also. After my last trip to Nanjing in 2008, I composed a song called “Purple Mountain” which the band has been performing for the past year. Needless to say, they wanted to see Purple Mountain, and so we headed up there on our first full day off.
And as the song says………….”there’s a chairlift” which we didn’t use, choosing to hike like true Yukoners. It was a long day and a very long hike, but worth every step.