Eyeing jazz empire, Blue Note club expands to China (via Yahoo)

Blue Note, one of the world’s best-known jazz clubs, announced an expansion Thursday to China as it banks on a growing appetite for live performances among moneyed consumers.

The club, based in New York’s Greenwich Village, said it would open a Blue Note Beijing in the Chinese capital in March, and within three years spread to Shanghai and Taiwan’s capital Taipei.

Blue Note will also open next year on Honolulu’s Waikiki beach, a location chosen in no small part due to the popularity of Hawaii with Asian tourists.

The move comes as Western musicians from veteran pop stars to classical orchestras look to expand their footprint in China, eyeing future growth in the maturing economy of 1.3 billion people.

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