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Lee Ritenour & Friends

Lee Ritenour & Friends

Growing up in L.A. in the 60′s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty ...
Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. “Music has no borders and it creates a ...
Tizer Quartet

Tizer Quartet

Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Downbeat—the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, CO native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer—throws down a high powered collection of 12 brand-new originals on this scintillating release of fresh ...
John Beasley

John Beasley

Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades.  LA Times jazz critic Bill Kohlhaasee describes Beasley’s music and playing as “a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal ...
Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik

Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik

Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Michaela and her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik present “Voyagers“, their 4th common CD and a program, inspired by their numerous ...
Phillippe Sellam Trio

Phillippe Sellam Trio

Philippe Sellam was born on the 24 of October in 1960 in Alger, Algeria. He is living in Paris as a musician and composer. He plays the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baryton saxophone, and soprano saxophone. He has played with Michel Petruciani, Paco Sery group (Joe Zawinul drummer), Michel Portal, Roy Hargrove, Andy Emler, ...
Dominique di Piazza with Beyond & Blues Quartet

Dominique di Piazza with Beyond & Blues Quartet

Dominique Di Piazza was born in Lyon, France, with Sicilian ancestry and a gypsy stepfather. He started playing electric bass in 1979. After some time, he managed to free himself from the pervasive influence that Jaco Pastorius had over most bassists at the time, by creating his own style. Self-taught, ...
Lisa Young Quartet

Lisa Young Quartet

Lisa Young is well known to World and Jazz Music listeners as a creative vocal stylist and improviser, incorporating Indian and African elements in her work. A longtime student of maestro Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani in Chennai, India, Lisa specializes in ‘Konnakol’ – South Indian vocal percussion. She has studied South Indian music since 1994, ...
Niccolò Faraci Trio

Niccolò Faraci Trio

Born in 1979, plays and compose music with the mission to present his ideas to the attention of different audiences around the world. As a double bass performer and leader of many jazz oriented projects, he had the possibility to join international festivals and venues in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Montenegro, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldav, Serbia, Jordan ...
Nicholas McBride

Nicholas McBride

Nicholas McBride is an Australian drummer based in Shanghai since 2002. He relocated to China from Sydney where he was based from 1992-2002. Nicholas left his hometown of Canberra at the age of 21 after completing a Diploma in Jazz Studies at the Australian National University. He was initially invited ...
Jeff Kollman

Jeff Kollman

Jeffrey James Kollman is an American guitarist born best known for his powerful melodic electric guitar playing, fusing elements of jazz harmony into his hybrid melodic hard rock / funk style. Kollman has been voted in in the Top 50 greatest guitarist of all time in magazines such as Young ...
Jordan Rivers Band

Jordan Rivers Band

Jordan Rivers is a self taught guitarist and singer. He is known as Malaysia’s George Benson. Starting very young since 1978, Jordan has performed with some of the top acts such as Asia Beat, Hunters,Fredo and the Flint Stones, Boy Kantindig, Free Flight, The Tentera Udara Orchestra, Abe Laborieln Randy ...
Niccolò Faraci Trio

Niccolò Faraci Trio

Born in 1979, plays and compose music with the mission to present his ideas to the attention of different audiences around the world. As a double bass performer and leader of many jazz oriented projects, he had the possibility to join international festivals and venues in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium,  Germany, Montenegro, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldav, Serbia, Jordan ...
David Tughan

David Tughan

UK Jazz singer David Tughan was born and raised in Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1994 to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His passion for Jazz began at 13 when he encountered the Count Basie Orchestra in Florida. Inspired by the swinging energy and joyful ...
Ashton Moore

Ashton Moore

Currently residing in Japan, adding credibility to his showmanship and experience, Ashton Moore carries his passion for music with him. Performing to audiences around the globe is a privilege that he does not take lightly. He remembers his foundation. Born and raised in Detroit, by a musically inclined family, Ashton ...
Willerm Delisfort

Willerm Delisfort

The youngest child of Pierre-Franklin and Antonante Delisfort, Willerm was born and raised in Little Haiti Miami Florida on November 14. Unlike a lot of kids, at the age of 10 Willerm’s curiosity grew towards a life in the arts where he chose to study the piano, unknowingly embarking on a ...
Ezra Brown

Ezra Brown

Gospel, blues, jazz, r&b, soul, hip-hop—language of the human experience. Ezra Brown’s music speaks this language. His horn serves as his translator, becoming a voice that speaks in tongues transcending any language barrier. Ezra’s sound — a culmination of southern comfort and urban grit, gives birth to a style that ...
Keith Loftis

Keith Loftis

Keith Loftis has been described as one of the most dynamic jazz saxophonist of today. Keith was born in Dallas, TX where he began his study of jazz and classical music as a child. He is a graduate of the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual ...
Lawrence Leathers

Lawrence Leathers

New York City based drummer Lawrence “Lo” Leathers, is one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers today. Getting his start on drums at the age of 10 and pursuing his advanced studies with both the Michigan State Jazz Studies Program under Rodney Whitaker and the Julliard School of music ...
Rachel Guerzo

Rachel Guerzo

Jazz pianist/singer Rachel Guerzo studied at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Born into Malaysia’s most influential music family, the Solianos, Rachel has emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians in her own right, honing her art and cementing her reputation by playing to discerning live audiences over ...
Kirk Lightsey

Kirk Lightsey

Lightsey had piano instruction from the age of five and studied piano and clarinet through high school. After service in the Army, Lightsey worked in Detroit and California in the 1960s as an accompanist to singers. He also worked with jazz musicians such as Yusef Lateef, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, ...
Razak Rahman

Razak Rahman

Way back in 1971, Razak Rahman was already an established jazz star, when at age 12, he made his first appearance on the first ever talent time contest (Bakat TV) over Malaysian TV and came out the champ. He wiped the judges off their feet serenading on his clarinet the ...
Christy Smith

Christy Smith

Bassist Christy Smith is a Professional Musician, Composer, Arranger, Teacher.  Graduated with Bachelor of Music Degree from California University Fullerton, USA. Currently based in Singapore. EXPERIENCE Idiewild School of Music & The Arts, Compton High School Marching Band, Dance Band & Orchestra Louis Thomas / Director;   1972-1977: Communicative Artist: Big Band ...
Chris Ong, Danny James  & The Colour Codes

Chris Ong, Danny James & The Colour Codes

Chris Ong began as an aspiring guitar player amidst the demands of a modernizing Singaporean society. After successive strokes of serendipity, he sailed into the music scene with his crafty blues-rock solos and intricate speed riffs. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lead guitarist of progressive rock ...
Roger "KEMP" Biwandu

Roger “KEMP” Biwandu

Born in a cab in Bordeaux on December 25 1972, with roots in Zaire (now named Democratic Republic of Congo), Roger “Kemp” Biwandu fell in love with drumming at the end of the 70′s. He was influenced by bands such as the Police and the Californian band Toto, whose drummers ...
Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet featuring Ashton Moore

Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet featuring Ashton Moore

Noted for his hard swinging style and deeply soulful and expressive sound, jazz saxophonist Patrick Terbrack is beginning to make his mark in the international jazz scene. Having already performed with seasoned veterans and jazz legends Willie Pickens, Rodney Whitaker, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Michael Veerapan, Steve Thornton, as well ...
Steve Thornton

Steve Thornton

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Steve is the second youngest of fourteen children. At the tender age of seven, Steve heard Mongo Santamaria playing Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man”. He was so inspired by the legendary drummer that he taught himself to play the congas by listening to the ...
Bassment Syndicate

Bassment Syndicate

Born in June 24th 2010 in Laundry, a music venue in the great city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the Bassment Syndicate has become one of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets. Blurring the lines of Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop, and R&B, Bassment Syndicate has dazzled audiences with their sincere and fresh approach ...
Koolskool

Koolskool

Koolskool comprises three cool headed experienced musicians who specialize in cool standard jazz tunes including the Malaysian evergreen songs. What is different with this Group is their ability to incorporate exotic Asian modes in their improvisation to give it a fresh “homely” sound to their tunes. Aznaff on saxophones, Jaya ...

“Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.”- trombonist J. J. Johnson

The KL International Jazz & Arts Festival 2014 aims to present performances by acclaimed international jazz stars and the best local talents! A world class jazz festival where contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz – rock, r&b, swing, funk, classic rock and blues converge!

17th and 18th May 2014 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur International Jazz & Arts Festival featured on The Jazz Spotlight

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