What unique about Borneo Jazz Festival is that it’s a nightly shows on an outdoor stage of two night program comprising jazz performers from all around the world. In the evenings, to kick start the festival, marching bands from two local schools are invited to the festival to present their skills to the festival goer. The schools were SMK Chung Hua Miri Brass Band and Riam Road Secondary School Bruins’ Marching Band. Both schools had their own uniqueness and has achieved many recognition internationally; Trinity Guildhall Recital Examination and London Trinity Music Association.
Day 1 Performances
Shafiee Obe & All The Best – Sarawak
Our very own Sarawak representative, Shafiee Obe whom is Miri-born is well known jazz musician, arranger and also the conductor of Kuching Sons Jazz Orchestra. Together with All The Best, their music was nusantara jazz with funk and latin elements.
Lluis Coloma – Spain
Considered as a specialist and awarded with prizes ‘Best Catalan Musician 2003’ and ‘Arista Blues Cat 2006’, he is one of the most demanded pianist in the Spanish blues scene. From his beginning, this great pianist has developed a personal touch in blues and boogie woogie producing his own compositions.
The Nylons – Canada
This capella jazz group is my favourite and was founded in the late 1970s. They came for the same jazz festival in year 2013. The group is well known for their dazzling harmonies and slick performances. For the record, they had played over 1000 concerts and Disney used their song ‘That Kind of Man’ in its feature film ‘The Tin Man’ and their version ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’ was used in the movie ‘Made in Heaven’.
Jump4Joy – Sweden
These high energy entertainers had a strong New Orleans flavour. Two of their musicians, Gustafsson and Sandstrom, both been nominated for their contributions to Swedish blues by the Scandinavian Blues Association and Rosenqvist Memorial Prize.
Day 2 Performances
The Doodaddies – Australia
From Perth, Australia, Diamond Dave and The Doodaddies plays Chicago style blues band that offers a solid selection of uplifting grooves covering swinging shuffles, soul, boogaloo and many more.
Anthony Strong – United Kingdom
Anthony Strong performed at Borneo Jazz Festival last year and was mobbed by fan. The artist hailed as ‘England new jazz superstar’ from United Kingdom. He beat Gregory Porter, Micheal Buble and Harry Connick Jr to become No. 1 on the iTunes and no. 2 on www.amazon.com jazz charts in the USA.
Click here for Anthony’s live performance from my fellow blogger website.
Mo’Blow – Germany
Mo’Blow is more toward enegetic spicy groovy funk and soul jazz. They were the winner of Future Sounds Competition at Leverkusen Jazz Days. The quartet which the ‘Berliner Zeitung’ described as one of the hottest clubs band has the groove in their blood.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – New Orleans, USA
This group was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band; sparkling, exhilarating, the most exuberant traditional brass band from the rich traditions of New Orleans. The Dirty Dozen revolutionised the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style. In year 2013, they were nominated for Four Best of the Beat Awards by OffBeat magazine including Best Brass Band Album for Twenty Dozen as well as nominations for members Roger Lewis, Kirk Joseph and Terrence Higgins in their respective instrument categories.
And guess what? New Orleans city even has an official Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day.
Here’s the finale of 10th anniversary of Borneo Jazz Festival.
Wait, I’m not done yet. I save the best for last. So, do bear with me on my last post.