The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2015 (KKJF) on its 9th edition is an annual fund-raising jazz extravaganza jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS)! Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. KKJF recorded a crowd of over 4,000 people during the two night performance.
Four international bands and musicians, together with nine renowned and upcoming Malaysian talents and bands, join the line-up for the exciting two-night concert. Famous Malaysian celebrity TV host & emcee, Sabahan’s Daphne Iking, will be back to emcee for this year’s festival again.
Performers lined-up for this year festival are USA Motown Legend – Bobby Taylor who is most notable for discovering and mentoring the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, Gugun Blues an internationally renowned & extremely talented Indonesian power trio has a powerful, flawless genre-crossing bled of blues that incorporate influences from rock, funk and soul from Jakarta and the winner of the Hard Rock Café Battle of the Bands in 2011, The Rio Sidik Quartet from Bali, Indonesia is back! After an astonishing and memorable performance at the 2012 KKJF, this top Indonesia trumpeter/singer is back with his virtuoso solo trumpet with cool smooth and soulful vocals , Shun Ng from USA – a fingerstyle guitarist, vocalist and acclaimed international performer nominated for ‘International Artist of The Year in 2013’ and ‘2014 Boston Music Awards’ known for his unique and virtuosic style which infuses elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz.
Malaysian’s Liyana Fizi a beautiful singer/guitarist/songwriter wows her audience with a mix of pop, folksy and jazzy accents everywhere she goes and notably known for her achievement as ‘YES Artist of the Month 2012’ and for Chinese jazzy pop lovers with Shanghai jazz twist, May Mow from Penang will surely qoes us with her demure seductive, elegant and alluring bassy voice.
Also from Sabah will be Faizul Sany & The Hybrid whom was the winner of the ‘Akademi Fantasia’ in 2013, Suria Buskers from Sandakan with their variety music style, Headhunters – whom is known throughout Southeat Asia’s club scene for their jazz-reggae-R&B style, Quadro Forte consisting of local music graduates their mix of jazzy upbeat Spanish influences, Eilvane
Chiang will be returning on stage with her favorite jazz number with The Air Pockets, The Prathaz Band with their twist of mix jazz repertoire and also Supertonic the winner from the Talent Search competition will guarantee us to a memorable night of pure non-stop music satisfaction playing on either the main or center stage throughout the night.
The festival’s doors opens at 6.00pm and the first act starts at 7.00pm and ends at 11.00pm each night. There are tables and chairs provided at the venue but availability is on a first come first serve basis. No jazz festival would be complete without good food. This year the KKJF will have some of the best restaurants in Kota Kinabalu serving up their best dishes such as Carlsberg, Cabo Mexican Restaurant, Hung Xing Seafood, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Outlet, Party Play, Winecellars, K-Grill Roasted Lamb and soft ice cream. F&B coupons of RM20 and RM50 per book will be sold at the festival.
Ticket are on sale now at various outlets in KK and via the website, prices at RM 100.00 per person per night while the 2-nights pass is RM150.00 pass per person for regular seating on a first come first served basis. The festival also has a Premier seating section which offers reserved seating. The price for one Premier table is RM 1,000 per table (maximum of 6 persons) per night. Tickets to the jazz festival are available for sale:
1. online at www.kkjazzfestival.com;
2. online at AirAsia RedTix.com
3. at the Kota Kinabalu Art Festival Ticketing Outlet at BreadBoss Bakery Cafe at Damai;
4. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet in Damai;
5. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet at Wisma Merdeka;
6. Cabo Mexican Restaurant & Bar at Lintas
7. Jordan’s Pasta Express at KK Times Square
8. Party Play Lifestyle Cafe at Gaya Street;
KKJF is jointly organised by RCKK and the SPArKS, and the festival is an annual fund-raising festival, where money raised from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects of RCKK. The festival is a fund-raising event. Money raised from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects of RCKK. Some projects funded by the jazz festival include the provision of clean water projects, literacy programmes, Avoidable Blindness Campaign to detect eye diseases early and free medical services for rural communities, environment protection programmes and building of boarding homes for rural children so they do not have to walk 2 hours to school every morning.
The KKJF is listed as a premier event in Sabah Tourism annual calendar of events, and is also a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival. For more information, please visit www.kkjazzfest.com, as well on other various social media under the same name.