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Brian Offenther

Brian Offenther is a Shanghai-based writer on music scenes in the city. He can be reached at BrianOffenther@yahoo.com.

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Master musician hard to pin down

There are 88 keys on the piano, but only one Herbie Hancock. The man is one of the great practitioners of jazz piano and electronic keyboard, having helped move it from part of the rhythm section to whatever Hancock pleases at the moment.

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Rock ’n’ roll campy musical for Halloween

It’s astounding to contemplate: Is Shanghai getting its first ever rock ’n’ roll musical? Last week I gave a quick nod to “Black Is the Color of My Voice,” a Shanghai-based musical featuring the bluesy music of Nina Simone and related acts.