June 18-19 is the KK Jazz Festival 2010. Got your tickets yet?

June in KK has been a real jazz month, and much of it has been a build-up to the June 18-19 KK Jazz Festival 2010, which will once again be at the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club. It’s held on the covered Tennis Court. I went last year, and it’s a truly gorgeous venue: a spacious outdoor setting caressed by a curtain of lights, so perfect for the Sabah evening.

SPArKS (Society for the Performing Arts in Kota Kinabalu) and the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) have made a sterling effort to scout for new local talent and held a series of quality fringe events in the run up to the big show. Finalists of the talent show played at the Blue Note, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, and there were three fringe events at the Hyatt – Atrium hotel lobby, and two nights at Shenanigan’s. KK has been treated to some great entertainment so far and I’m personally thrilled that the Festival’s line-up will largely celebrate our homegrown jazz artistes and those from the surrounding regions, this year.

In particular, I want to see KIDZ, who come from Kudat, and are led by RTM Sabah combo meteoric star guitarist, MATLAN KIDZ.

The Festival Line-Up:

Day 1

Date: 18th June 2010, Friday

Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm

Bands performing:

  • Fingerstyle – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Sabah RTM Combo – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Island Jazz Connection – Penang, Malaysia
  • Amir Yussof & Roots – Kuala Lumpur / Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

*Surprise appearance by Atilia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Day 2

Date: 19th June 2010, Saturday

Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm

Bands performing:

  • Kidz – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • UMS Big Band – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Organamix – Singapore/Thailand
  • Mood Indigo – UK
  • GPJQ – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Along with the music, there are two workshops scheduled.

“BIG BILL BROONZY: The story of a man…The story of the blues” by William Grealish of Mood Indigo

Date: 17th June 2010, Thursday

Time: 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Venue: Theatre, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club

Entry: RM20 / pax

“Stylistic Interpretation in Jazz” by Wilson Quah of Island Jazz Connection

Date: 19th June 2010, Saturday

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: Theatre, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club

Entry: RM20 / pax

Check out the festival website to learn more.

I’ve made some posts about the fringe events. There are a few highlights I haven’t yet mentioned.

I saw local band FINGERSTYLE at the Blue Note, at the culmination of the talent search, and they just are great entertainment! Their female singer is a powerhouse – she really belts out a song! Fingerstyle are an energetic and happy band on stage, and I can’t wait to see them again.

FAZER knocked me out. They’re from Ranau, and played one of the fringe events at Shenanigan’s.

They are a six piece band: sax, keyboards, drums and three guitarists. Three guitarists? Why so many? Because these guys are living the funk and jazz fusion dream – I imagine them practising in the kampung …. John Scofield-sounding music hanging on the Ranau jungle night air. Crazy! I must talk to them one day. They’re just really quiet young kids, then POW all this fantastic jazz comes out! I watched the sax guy staring intently into the floor while he played, and then realised he was counting beats during some really complicated guitar solos. They put a bite in the night for me, surprising us to the end by throwing in a few false endings to wrap up their hard-edged delivery. Very very good.

[Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is jointly organized by the Kota Kinabalu Rotary Club (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts of Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). The event is generously sponsored by Digi, Sabah Development Bank, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment, Carlsberg and Sutera Harbour Resort.]


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