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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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

We Love Jazz……The KL International Jazz & Arts Festival 2015 not only presents well known acclaimed international artists, but is also a show case of the best of  local talents  and talented new musicians from Asia and the rest of the world.

 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!

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

trombonist J. J Johnson

10 to 13 September 2015

Venue:  University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

ARTISTES WISH LIST  2015

Eric Wyatt ( New York )

Jan Akkerman ( Netherlands )

Niki King  ( London)

European Jazz Trio ( Netherlands)

Freddie King ( Scotland)

Bastian Stein Duo ( Austria )

Triosence (  Germany )

Jan Prax Quartett ( Germany )

Laurent Coulondre Trio ( Paris)

The Music of BB King

Christy Smith ( Singapore )

Frank Herrgott ( Bangkok )

Steve Thornton ( Malaysia )

Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

Hanafie Imam Quintet-  Malay Jazz Classic  ( Malaysia )

Patrick Terbrack ( Malaysia )

KL Jazz Project (  Malaysia)