Just in case you're a deep jazz head and are looking for a quick getaway this weekend: the 10th annual JZ Festival goes down this Saturday and Sunday at Shanghai's massive Expo Park. SmartShanghai's music editor Ian did a great interview with JZ mastermind Ren Yuqing, which really sells the festival: "You could take your grandma there and hang out in the grass watching the sun set over the bridge while Bootsy Collins plays in the background." Sounds terrific. Bootsy is one of the headliners, along with Sandy Lam, Marcus Miller, and Beijing's king of yaogun, Cui Jian. Of course, there will also be "an electronic stage with local DJs playing left-field sets." I think municipal zoning laws in Shanghai and Beijing now require at least one DJ stage per outdoor festival.
Read the Ren Yuqing interview here and nab a pre-sale ticket to JZ here if you're feeling a quick jazz escape.