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KL International Jazz & Arts Festival 2014

Posted on 2 May 2014

KL Intl Jazz : Website

Date : 17–18 May 2014

YouTube : select 2013 performances

Venue : University of Malaya

The KL International Jazz & Arts Festival returns this year with yet another noteworthy lineup — expect performances by acclaimed international jazz stars and the best local talents. The highlight of the festival will be pianist/vocalist Diane Schuur, a longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ’40s and ’50s. Schuur has racked up two Grammy awards and three Grammy nominations in a recording career spanning nearly three decades. Also of note amongst the international artists are critically-acclaimed jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, and Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley. Malaysian artists performing include Jordan Rivers Band, Rachel Guerzo and Bassment Syndicate.

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Moon Bar Sunday Jazz Jams

Posted on 3 October 2013

Moon Bar : Facebook Page

Porcélene : Facebook Page

Alexis : Official website

KL Intl Jazz Fest : Official website

What is jazz music? Ahh, if you could only hear the sounds in my head right now. “Improvised music with a lot of soul. Just play them blues, dude. Hey, that really swings! Play ‘out’ then come back right in…” That wouldn’t make sense to a lot of people. So, I looked it up online, hoping to find the perfect explanation of jazz music. Wikipedia’s article was too technical and difficult to understand, even for a supposed jazz enthusiast like me. This is my simplification: jazz was basically popular dance music back in the 40s and 50s, and a highly technical music genre where everything is improvised. How good the improvisation is depends on how technical and musical each musician gets. It is very…

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