Article from South China Morning Post, Hong Kong



Alice Lui, an International versatile singer, musician, composer, arranger is originally from Hong Kong, learned to play the piano at the age of five, attended St. Paul's Convent School, became a professional muso at the age of 16 and went on tour singing all over Southeast Asia. At the tender age of 19, she became the youngest female bandleader in one of the most famous night club; The Hong Kong "Mocambo".  A couple of years later, Alice moved to San Francisco and formed another band, "Alice and the Wave". Over time, her multi-lingual combo built up such strong word of mouth, Bay Area Arbitron No 1 radio station FM 96.5 K.O.I.T. rated the band "Sensational Band of the Orient" 


Alice set her milestone having joined superstars such as Richard Elliott, ("Best Wind Player" award winner at the American Smooth Jazz Awards from Tower of Power), Greg Adams (Tower of Power) Spyro Gyra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Rich Severson, etc. in earning standing ovations at October, 2011ís Yosemite International Jazz Festival, the biggest musical event in Central California. In doing so, she became the first ever Asian musical artist to perform at this hugely popular highlight of the West Coast jazz calendar.     


San Francisco's Chinese New Year Festivities are known to be the largest Asian celebrations outside of Asia. Starting from 2014, Alice's been performing annually singing live throughout the whole routine at the SouthWest Airline San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade in front of an audience of over 2 million people from all over the world.


On 14th May 2014, Alice set another milestone of a life time not only sharing the same stage, but performing with 2 times Grammy Award winner and 5 times nominee, the legendary "Rambling Jack Elliott" in her humble music journey!  Jack Elliott's guitar and his mastery of Guthrie's material had a big impact on Bob Dylan.  Dylan was sometimes referred to as the 'son' of Jack Elliott.

Her band plays a variety of music including Rock, Jazz, Latin, Ballad, R&B, as well as music from the 1940's to today's hits. Alice can sing in ten languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, plus a bit of French, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Hebrew. Alice & the Wave Band has backed up many famous sensational singers from the Far East.


Her band has been actively participating in all kinds of public and exclusive functions in many cities in the US and worldwide. In the US: From 2000 Alice directed the annual "Silver Legacy Thanksgiving show" in Reno five years in a row. She also directed many shows for the San Francisco Night Market Street Fair. Clubs and Ballrooms she had performed in a regular basis: Radisson Miyako Hotel (Japantown) for a period of one year, Club Hong Kong San Francisco, for a period of eight years, the Tonga Room and Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco in 2003 for one year. Ballrooms she had performed regularly were Just Dance, Premier, Synergy, Legendary Palace, Imperial Palace, and New Asia.

Alice has also given birth to a radio show "樂韻人生 Live the Music Lives" she's been hosting since January 2011. Within a year, she received the "Best Radio Program Producer Award" from the Northern California Chinese Media Association on 23rd September 2011.


Alice has been serving on judge panels for all types of singing/music contests since 1983 including the Sing Tao Newspaper/Radio Singing Contest, 台灣中國電視公司 "華人星光大道 Million Stars Singing Contest, Voice of China (Regional Contest).....etc.

  Alice & the Wave (2012)
 The Wave performing at the historic Holiday Inn on Kearny and Washington (now Hilton)  1980.


Alice & her band at Hong Kong Mocambo

 The Wave Band (1983)



 The Wave Band at Tonga Room, Fairmont Hotel (1981)


Alice with the all-girls band "Angels", her early years.
Article from The Star newspaper, Hong Kong

The early Wave Band with good friend, Arnold Lau, (first
on the right) who took this picture for a souvenir.