Internationally acclaimed jazz artistes to perform at KK fest


KOTA KINABALU: A number of internationally acclaimed jazz musicians will perform at the KK Jazz Festival (KKJF) 2011 this weekend at the Covered Tennis Court of Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club here.

They include Benjamin Lackner Trio (USA/Germany), Juzzie Smith (Australia), Lucky (Indonesia) and WVC Trio (USA).

Despite the unique characteristics of KK Jazz Fest being one of the few jazz events in the region that features local artistes, the committee still ensure that there is a balance mix of international artistes in the event.

“Every year, our band selection committee headed by Roger Wang carefully selects a few jazz bands from overseas to perform at KKJF.

“Apart from bringing in a varied selection of music genre for the local festival goers, it is also a perfect time for the local artistes to expose, interact and learn from them,” said Jack Ong, organising chairman of KKJF 2011.

“Besides, we are bringing quality performance to the doorstep of our people here in KK,” he added.

Other artistes performing at KKJF 2011 include Elixir (Kota Kinabalu), SIA Little Jazz Band (KK), Spice of Tones (Labuan), AgungBeat (KK), Momain Blues (KK), Z Yan (KL), Aseana Percussion Unit (KL) and a special performance by Hata Mariko (Japan).

Tickets for the festival are on sale at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets in Kota Kinabalu at RM50, or at door at RM60.

KK Jazz Festival 2011 is a fund-raising event jointly organised by Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu and Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sabah Development Bank, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Carlsberg and DiGi.