Last 10th until 11th of May 2013, Sarawak Tourism Board held the 8th edition of Borneo Jazz Festival at Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri, Sarawak. This event showcased the most diverse musical genres as yet, catering to all types of jazz fans.
Dubbed to be among the prestigious Jazz Festival in Malaysia, the festival presented the energetic spicy groovy funk group from Germany, Mo’Blow, described by Berliner Zeitung as “one of the hottest live bands”. On top of that, other international acts included Hazmat Modine from the East-Coast of USA, whose song “Bahamut” is used on the Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance”; Jump4Joy from Sweden with their energetic toe-tapping New Orleans music flavour; and The Nylons, which is an acapella jazz group from Canada that is well known for their slick performance and most heralded vocal groups in the world with seven gold and platinum records.
Consisted members from Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand, The Asian Jazz All Stars Power Quartet, which is a big name in the Asian jazz circle, also performed, besides the Grammy-winning Scott Martin Latin Soul Band from West-Coast of USA and the ethno jazz artists from Australia, Lisa Young Quartet, who were the winner of “Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2007” and was re-nominated in 2012.
Representing from Borneo element was the West Jazz Band from Sarawak who performed the fusion jazz and everything from Swing to Latin to electrifying funk jazz music.
Borneo Jazz has been growing steadily since its first edition in 2005, going from 3,000 spectators eight years ago to over 9,000 this year. This growth is a reflection of the successful plan and promotion by the Board over these years.
On a whole, it is also a sign of event’s growing appeal of among jazz enthusiasts around the region, thus auguring well for the local business community since their attendance boost the number of tourist arrivals into Sarawak and contributes significantly to the local economy.
Due to the success of this year’s Borneo Jazz Festival, Sarawak Tourism Board plans to hold the event again next year, with more performers and spectators.