10/06/11

Chinese Piano Company to Gift U.S. Jazz Musicians and Programs

Hailun USA’s first recipient is New Orleans’ Donald Harrison

Hailun USA, a piano company based in Ningbo, China, has announced the launching of an annual nationwide program of Piano Partnerships with jazz musicians and significant courses of jazz studies. The Piano Partnerships begin with their presentation of Hailun’s HG 178 grand piano and HU 1 P upright piano on November 15 to the jazz saxophonist and composer Donald Harrison for use in the two jazz programs that he runs in New Orleans. In conjunction with the installation of the pianos, Harrison will present a concert that on November 16 at the Tipitina’s Foundation, where he is the musical director of the internship program.

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Lee Mergner

Donald Harrison, Big Chief

“This is a dream come true,” said Harrison in a press release from the company. “I initiated free music programs at the Tipitina’s Foundation and the Guardians Institute in 2007 to provide the gifted young people in New Orleans opportunities and a place to develop as musicians. Hailun Pianos is providing an essential element to ensure the highest level for music studies in New Orleans. These pianos will play an important role in continuing the traditions that made New Orleans the birthplace of American music. The impact of this is going to be life-changing for so many people.”

The Hailun Piano Company is also placing an HU 1 P upright in the Blue Monk, a jazz club in Portland, Ore. Hailun said it will soon begin the process to find recipients in the field of music education to participate in the Piano Partnership in 2012.

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