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University of Indonesia, Salemba, 1976. At that time the students of Faculty of Economics wanted to bring up series of events that covered arts in general, including theater, painting, photography and so on, including music. During that era, jazz was already labeled by many as an expensive and exclusive music by many. One of the active student at that time, young Candra Darusman, wanted to prove otherwise. He initiated an event called Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) in late 1976 in a mission to ensure the society that jazz could actually be enjoyed by wider segments and also very affordable. So, the first ever JGTC was held in a park in Salemba, with minimalist stage sets and ticket price only IDR 500. Apparently, it became a huge start for something historical. Today, that very event has reached the 37th edition. That’s the longest running event in Indonesia and one of the longest in the world. How can an event run that long with different committee in each year? Kudos to the Student Board of Faculty of Economics from UI (BEM-FEUI), they did it and will keep doing it.

So here’s the report of 2014 installment. As usual the event started early, around 1:00 pm at noon with selected bands in varieties. We found familiar names from last year: Sekawan and Friends. What we like to see from this band is that they give solid evidence that jazz is actually alive healthily in a small(er) city like their hometown, Salatiga. Good to see that Salatiga’s groove was back to JGTC.


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The Jazzperience Stage began with a four-piece band called RnF. The name stands for Room Number Five and they are rooted in soulful pop jazz. They began their journey 5 years ago with Rendy Hendrawan (vocal/guitar), Alex Zulkarnaen (bass), Bobby Abdiawan (percussions) and Fauzan Billie (drums). Their first single was released last year titled “Cinta Adalah 5″ and reached another success with “Habis Kata” from OST Hijabers in Love. Their acoustic guitar sound with groovy rhythms was nice to hear and definitely suit the taste of young listeners. After 5 years in service, RnF seems to find a steady grip. Based on what we saw, 2015 may become their best year to date.




At the same time the Indosat IM3 Stage started its service with JBF Trio. You might wonder what sound would appear when  Jazz, Blues and Funk fused into one? The outcome may vary from one band to another, but one thing for sure, the music produced by this blend will make you unable to stand still. JBF, stands for Jazz Blues and Funk has the winning formula in combining these roots. We enjoyed their performance last year in the 36th JGTC and now once again we tapped our feet over their clean shots. So bluesy, so jazzy and funky at the same time. Fawdy (gitar and vokal), Soebroto (bass) and Ryan (drums) as usual demonstrated their smart brain, creativity and skills in cooking up their tasty platter. 2014 has been a great year for them. Being the winner of Jakarta Indie Music Festival (JIM Fest) that involved all kinds of genre is an evidence of their high quality. Their act in this year’s JGTC can become another proof as well.


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Nado Project opened up the Musik Asik Stage at 1:30 pm. We saw them in the Final Round of JGTC Competition when they served tight modern jazz, this time Nado, Ibnu and Nadya interestingly served experimental free jazz. Not easy to play, but full with action. SevenStrings Music School & Production used their performance in JGTC to give Tribute to 80’s and 90’s Jazz. It featured so many young talent. You’d know that a music school is good by how the students’ perform. Clearly they have done a marvelous teaching since the representatives played jazz neat and sharp.


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Came all the way from Surabaya was a fast-growing jazz community in Surabaya which specialized in Fusion, the Fusion Jazz Community, better known as FJazzC. It was established on June 2, 2012 based on the mission to extend the jazz coverage area through fusion. Today they have 300 active members (500 if includes the inactive ones) and a regular show on local East Java tv. Other than that, they have graced many jazz events locally. An appearance at a prestigious festival like this is an important step because then they can expand the community with fusion lovers from Jakarta, Depok and beyond. Aside of that, it felt nice to have the jazz fusion shower during the hot weather. When “Billie Jean” and “September” were found among the songlist, what can be wrong?


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The winner of the JGTC Audition 2014 4/4 who gave a superb high class traditional jazz playing couldn’t come due to some reasons. Their session was taken by the consolation prize winner from Bandung, 5th Avenue. Chris Alfeus (guitar/vocal), Stella Inke (keyboard), AlbenOctorys (drums) and William Anthony (bass) gave a rich arrangement of fusion including some scat-singing that fell into exactly the same notes from guitar by Chris. Tjheir version of Indra Lesmana (JavaJazz)’s “Bulan Diatas Asia” was served gloriously like in the competition. And they presented some original songs too, including “Membisu”. They didn’t win the competition, but they did very well just like a champ.





1978 is the year when Jazz Goes to Campus was held for the very first time. At that time the students of Faculty of Economics from University of Indonesia got the idea to create art events not only about music, but also theater, painting, photography and some other art forms. During that era, jazz was already facing the stigma by being labeled as an expensive and exclusive music by many. Candra Darusman, -at that time still a faculty of economics student-, wanted to prove otherwise. He initiated the first ever Jazz Goes to Campus (JGTC) in late 1978, still in Salemba, with minimalist stage sets and ticket price only IDR 500. “But we got really great crowds. It was cool and familiar.” said Candra Darusman not long ago to us. The history proved that among those art events, only the JGTC managed to stand the test of time. Today this event proudly stands as the longest running annual jazz event in Indonesia and one of the oldest in the world (second to North Sea Jazz Festival). This year they are ready to back again with a mouth-watering lineup of artists. Let’s give it up for The 37th Jazz Goes to Campus!

The Ultimate Jazzperience

There are some interesting new movements being made by this year’s committee, which once again involves hundreds of current active students of Faculty of Economics from University of Indonesia (FEUI). First, they will be a Project called “Tribute to Salemba”, made by one of the playing artists in the first JGTC in 1978, Benny Likumahuwa with the initiator, Candra Darusman. This show will bring back all the memories and should be interesting since it will feature legendary names who were presented at that very first installment in Salemba. Therefore, the committee decided to use “Living the Inspired Jazzperience” as the theme which is focusing on “Inspired” and “Jazzperience”. “This year we wish to show our appreciation by presenting the senior jazz musicians that have given uncountable contributions in building up the jazz industry in Indonesia.” said the committee in the press release. In accordance to the theme, the 37th JGTC has “The Ultimate Jazzperience” as the tagline. This tagline pretty much shows their spirit in letting the audience feel the beautiful experience of enjoying jazz as well as ultimate satisfaction that can be felt by all this year’s stakeholders. “We are commited to give different jazz festival. We are going to bring variety of jazz musicians with balanced composition of senior and young ones. Other than that, “The Ultimate Jazzperience” should be able to represent the 37 years of our service.” said the committee. Not only celebrating the well known jazz musicians, Jazz Goes to Campus also aims to create a platform for young musicians to express their passion for jazz and exhibit their music talent throguh our very own JGTC competition.

The crowds of the 36th Jazz Goes to Campus (2013)


- Opening and Clinic

There are series of pre-event being held before the D-day. Starting with the JGTC Opening & Press Conference three days ago on October 31st, 2014 at Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Depok, a JGTC Clinic was made exclusive for the JGTC Competition’s contestants on November 2nd. Given by guitarist Agam Hamzah, drummer Rayendra Sunito, pianist Boby Limijaya and bassist Fajar Adi Nugroho, this clinic enhanced the technical aspects and an overview of how to become a good player in the industry.

- JGTC Competition

About the competition itself, this event is one of the most prestigious competitions that has created so many well-established musicians. The JGTC Competition belongs to JGTC Exhibiton along with the JGTC Choice Awards. The Qualification Round will run on 8-9 November 2014 at Tribeca Central Park, but that’s not all because for the first time will also be held in Surabaya. This will give easier opportunities to jazz bands/artists in Surabaya to be a part of the competition. The Surabaya Qualifying Round will take place at Area Danau Kampus C, Airlangga University, Surabaya on November 14, 2014.  I (Riandy Kurniawan) will be one of the judges with Benny Likumahuwa, Rayendra Sunito and Boy Rhunos (Surabaya only).

- JGTC Roadshow

JGTC Roadshow is on schedule too. This year it will visit Surabaya in cooperation with Airlangga University’s students as a mini show on November 14, 2014 featuring ITS Jazz, Korek Jazz, C.Twosix Jazz Club, Fusion Jazz Community and special guest star Idang Rasjidi and the Syndicate.

- JGTC Scholarship

To show the Social Responsibility, JGTC is going to give scholarship to the FEUI students who need it. The fund raising is made through JGTC Gathering & Charity Night, inviting the donors and previous JGTC committees. This charity night is set to come on November 15, 2014 at Qi Dine and Lounge, Sultan Hotel Jakarta with a special appearance of a beautiful multi-talented lady who represented North Sumatra in Miss Indonesia pageant in 2013 that showed her ability in singing/songwriting, Yemima Hutapea.


Tulus at the 36th Jazz Goes to Campus (2013)

- JGTC Community Night

To show our care towards the jazz communities in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi and Bandung, the JGTC Community Night will be held on November 21, 2014 at Airman Lounge, Sultan Hotel Jakarta. This Community Night is giving a platform for jazz communities in those areas to mingle and spread the love of jazz. Beben Jazz from Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran (KJK) and the living legend Benny Mustafa will be there as the guest stars.

- JGTC Choice Awards

This program has been running since 2007 in order to give the highest appreciation to those who have given enormous contribution to JGTC and to jazz development in Indonesia in general. This year the awards will be given to selected person in some categories such as Newcomer Artist, Most Dedicated, Young Talent, Album of The Year, dan Lifetime Achievement. The judges are Agus Basuni, Frans Sartono, David Karto, David Tarigan and Yance Manusama. These awards will be given at the main event.

- The Main Event

Now here comes the information you’re waiting for. The main event will be on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Campus Ground FEUI, Depok. As for the lineup, the list are mouth-watering. The international artists are Sondre Lerche (Norway) and Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience (Scotland). We have covered Sondre Lerche’s show twice: at Java Jazz Festival 2011 and Kampoeng Jazz 2013, but this time surely he’ll highlight more of his new released album “Please”. As for Mr. wild keyboardist Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience, we watched his performance at JakJazz 2008 and still remember all the fun we had back then as if it was just yesterday.


 Sondre Lerche at Kampoeng Jazz 2013


From our own land there will be today’s front runners, living legends, experienced ones, rising stars and new comers, also special projects. They are Glenn Fredly, Tulus, The Groove, Adhitia Sofyan, JGTC Project “Tribute to Salemba” , Idang Rasjidi Syndicate, Like Father Like Son (Benny Likumahuwa & Barry Likumahuwa), ESQI:EF aka Syaharani and Queenfireworks, Monita Tahalea & The Nightingales, Oele Pattiselanno Quartet, Tjut Nyak Deviana & Friends, Bandanaira, Kunto Aji, HajarBleh Big Band, Yemima Hutapea, Bonita & the hus BAND and of course the JGTC Competition Winners. All these artists will be divided into four stages with wider and more comfortable festival area.




“Presenting jazz in public places?  Well, I think it’s good, so people could get much closer to jazz, then become familiar with it.”

That was the words we got from one of the stars of the night, Barry Likumahuwa. Well, last night was cool! The Street Gallery, the new extension of Pondok Indah Mall (PIM) actually didn’t just serve variety of foods for the hungry belly, but also thematic musics for the hungry soul. Actually this is not the first jazz program they’ve done. They actually have been attracted to jazz for quite some times. Many previous jazz programs you could grab in a mall which is located in the Southern part of Jakarta. In fact, jazz has been on the menu every Thursday and Saturday, then regularly have Idang Rasjidi every weekend. And there’s more! But now, Street Gallery is fulfilling your thirst not monthly, not weekly, but daily. The program has more than enough varieties to answer your needs. And it’s served for free. Isn’t it cool or what?

We think it’s good that people can express their musical passion in public places. Jazz, a music that’s been widely known for its openness and freedom always has more than enough space to be a media of expression. If we usually can have it in a place that’s more private such as lounges, cafes, restaurants, or even jazz clubs, or occasionally in some bigger events festivals, Street Gallery Pondok Indah Mall is opening itself up to everyone who wish to have jazz treatment. Anyone could join and enjoy. The easy, totally free access should be beneficial to the jazz lovers in Jakarta, but Barry told us that it also gives benefit to jazz itself. Why? Because this move enables jazz to spread its wings wider and then reach people who might have never heard about how jazz really sounds like. In other words, it’s like a good way to introducing jazz to the public.



The Street Gallery’s new move in music entertainment started running since the first Monday of May. What’s interesting is, the program began with Jazz. It’s called  Starday Monday (Monday with the Star), scheduled to run every 1st Monday of the month, and for the premiere edition the Street Gallery presented father-son connection who are very popular among the jazz lovers, or even in our music scene in general. It’s Benny Likumahuwa and Barry Likumahuwa. While the father is a legendary multi-instrumentalist that’s  specialized himself in trombone who has been active for more than 50 years, the son is one of today’s top crowd-gatherers, a versatile bassist with a funky, trendy soul. They were empowered by some of their colleagues including the swinging guitar master Oele Pattiselano, drummer Dimas Pradipta, the genius saxophonist Bass G (Sebastian), young ‘Miles’ Jordy Waelauruw, and later on keyboardist Nadya Sella Belansky plus special performance by Dira Sugandi. What a team you might say, we thought so too.

In the first-ever Starday Monday they entertained people who come into Street Gallery in four sets. They were going to perform from 8pm to 12pm, and Dira Sugandi was set to seat-in with them. Wait, seat-in? Yeah, seat-in, as Barry said. “There’s a little difference between seat-in and jamming, and most of the time people got it wrong. Seat-in means they do it without any rehearsals, but they have played together before. While jamming means the players have never met before. Whatever happen on the stage would occur spontaneously. What they served on this beautiful night was a sheer jazz mainstream delights. “We bring it so everybody could enjoy this at ease. We won’t bring anything complex ”, promised Barry.




The pioneer of international-scaled jazz festival in Indonesia, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, better known as JAKJAZZ is coming again in 2013! Just like what you see in the flyer, in this 14th edition JakJazz as one of the most respected jazz festivals which is critically focused on jazz as an art form is stepping up a gear to expand its high calibre image. For this mission, they are ready to extend the festival’s position as a one-of-a-kind jazz festival, without necessarily having the mind to compete with other well-established jazz festivals in Indonesia. The preparation is really short, since they just started to spread the flyer at the Indonesian Jass Festival a month ago. But still, as one of the historical jazz festivals and as they have promised, you can expect many great things in this edition. JakJazz 2013 is ready to go on 18,19 and 20 October 2013 at the Istora Senayan Jakarta.

JakJazz is a brainchild of senior guitarist Ireng Maulana. Since the first edition in 1988, JakJazz has featured thousands of artists, both national and international. It was already held 13 times: in 1988 and 1991 at Ancol, 1993, 1994 and 1995 at Plaza Timur Senayan, 1996 and 1997 at Pasar Festival Kuningan, 2006, 2007. 2008 at Istora Senayan. In 2009 JakJazz came with a special theme: A Touch of Jazz served at Airman Planet, Sultan Hotel, in 2010 appeared as a charity show called JakJazz Cares at Gandaria City and since 2012 it started to settle in Istora Senayan Jakarta. All the way, JakJazz has successcully gained hundreds of thousands or might even be millions of jazz aficionados either from the Jakarta residents, other cities or around the world. Just like life, this legendary festival also has its ups and downs. But the efforts to keep it alive is always intense, just like the words came from the official committee, Sharkindo Komunika. “What’s important is we keep it running, keeping the existance this year and for more years to come.” they said. This year JakJazz 2013 still holds the theme of “Jazz the Way You Are”.  Plenty of actions for 3 days straight, all kinds of jazz from assorted jazz artists, ranging from the legends, big cats, today’s toppers, rising stars and promising newcomers, all of these will answer your needs in good quality jazz fiesta.

As how most of international jazz festivals are, this 14th edition of JakJazz in 2013 will feature international artists to join the local ensemble. So far some of the international lineups that are already confirmed. Indoneia’s closest neighbouring country Malaysia fills some slots:  the sweet Malaysian Bossanova artist who, just like our own Jilly Likumahuwa, has spent several years in Brazil to absorb the authentic local music and culture, Xiong Lee and one of the most accomplished drummers in Asia and a close friend of Indonesia Lewis Pragasam. Lewis Pragasam will bring his Asiabeat Project featuring jazz/RnB singer, Richard Jackson.

French guitarist Jeremy Tordjman also joins the fest. The last time we saw him was at last year’s Asean Jazz Festival when he teamed up with Barry Likumahuwa, Erik Hargrove and Kyriz Boogiemen. It’s going to be interesting to see his distinctive ‘fuzzy jazz groove’ once again in this festival. If you wonder how it is, you should check his session. From Brazil came the amazing lady who knows how to combine poetry, singing, dance and visual art with her multilingual jazz vibe, Lica Cecato. Lica is not a stranger to JakJazz since she’s been supporting the event, for example at the JakJazz 2008 when she teamed up with Zarro. Came all the way from Netherland is Rene van Helsdingen. Rene was born in Jakarta but resides and builds his career in his homeland. Even so, he never forgets Indonesia as he’s been visiting the nation many, many times. Afronesia is a world music band fused with Afro jazz, salsa, reggae and bossanova is led by Vieux Aliou Cissokho from Senegal. Although Vieux came from Africa, the band actually based in Bali, Indonesia. An album Tama Silo – The Journey which tells about the story of his journey from Africa to Indonesia has become an important content in their profile. It’s going to be interesting to see the combination between Africa and Indonesia that definitely will spice up this year’s festival. Helga, a violist player also resides in Bali will join with the  band.

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Last year’s JakJazz (2012)

From our own land the JakJazz 2013 will be filled with who’s who in the jazz scene. Legends like Ireng Maulana, Kiboud Maulana, Idang Rasjidi, Margie Segers, Ermy Kullit, Mus Mujiono, Oele Pattiselano, Jeffrey Tahalele, Yance Manusama, Benny Likumahuwa are already on the lineup. Then the experienced  musicians/bands like Jilly Likumahuwa, Eramono (ft Witsqa), Eddy Syakroni, Cendi Luntungan, Nita Aartsen, Tohpati (and friends), Balawan Bifan Trio (ft Didiet Violin), Syaharani and the Queenfireworks (ESQI:EF), Andi Wiriantono, Indro Hardjodikoro and the Fingers, Didiek SSS, Once Mekel, Otti Jamalus, Emerald/BEX, Beben Jazz, Harry Toledo, Yuyun George and her Jazzmint Band ft Grace Simon, Lana and GI, Lala Suwages are there too. From the source of today’s popular bands/young lions come Barry Likumahuwa Project, Sierra Soetedjo, Matthew Sayersz, Endah N Rhesa, Shadu Rasjidi Band, KulKul, Abdul and the Coffee Theory and Andre Harihandoyo.  More names filled the lineup such as Maera, Rio Sidik Quintet, Aimee Saras, Speak Easy, Fusion Stuff, the young drummer Nathan Gulo, Danilla, Bagong Big Band, Time Warp , Bexxa, Higher D, Soukma, Grooves n Roll and Suave.  The sensational 10 year old pianist who won the international  Master-Jam Fest Competition in Ukraina Joey Alexander is in too, also the pianist who made a recordings in Budapest, Hungary Boby Limijaya and his 8 Horns Band. Some jazz communities from Jakarta and other regions are projected to be there too such as Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran (KJK), Rompok Bolong Malang, Komunitas Jazz Lampung, Komunitas Jazz Serpong, SoJazz (Solo), BJF (Batam), Margo Rising Star (Depok), Jajan Jazz BSD (Tangerang), Jazz Ngisoringin (Semarang), Etawa Jazz (Jogja) and FJazzC (Surabaya). The senior keyboardist from Surabaya Yohanes Gondo will bring his trio consists of much younger team, then Bandung is represented by new but explosive Out of 7.  Many more names are said to be announced.

Another important thing to mention is that there will be JAM SESSION, placed at the end of each day. The free-for-all jam session will start from 11:15 pm until 11:55 pm. During these 40 minutes time every musician can climb the stage and have fun. Not all festival has it inside the rundown, so if you’re a jazz musician, you better use this chance.





Greetings to all Jazzy people around the world! We would like to welcome all of you who wants to know the full report of Indonesia Jass Festival 2013. Indonesia Jass Festival, one of biggest events that overwhelmed you guys the Jazz lovers with loads of nothing but talented, skillful and creative Indonesian Jazz musician. Presented by ALBA Productions, Indonesia Jass Festival was held at Istora Senayan, Jakarta on August, 30-31, 2013. More than a hundred musician gathered at this place to fulfill the two days of fest with joy and happiness through every tones.

Some of us might be still curious why it became Jass not Jazz, aren’t we?
At the first era of Jazz, actually it was well-known as “Jass” not Jazz. Music which originally came from New Orleans contains the mixture of a fine mixture of ragtime, driving brass bands/marching bands, gospel and of course the growl of the blues. It was The Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) born in 1916 as  the evidence of the “Jass” term. Bringing back the good old times is just the nicest way to get some info and also beautiful music of Jazz. In short, the committee of IJF 2013 wants to present an unpublished part of Jazz itself.

Indonesia Jass Festival also trying to bring back the spirit of old times of Indonesia since we just celebrating our independence day on August, 17th. This event happened as a gift from all musician for Indonesia. Undoubtedly, music especially Jazz take a part in introducing Indonesia to the world wide. Many musicians from our country successfully build their carrier in international music industry, so here comes our turn to welcome the talented musicians of our own. For you guys who unfortunately could not come to Istora Senayan, we supplied you the full report, here they are!


30th of August when the sun just came back after the rain, Indonesia Jass Festival was opened by the performance of Kirana Big Band. It’s around 2pm when all of a sudden the ‘crazy gang’ HajarBleh Big Band rushed in, creating a flash mob scene, just like the way they did it on International Jazz Day last April. Two big bands joined hands, that was already spectacular, but wait, the Muslim intellectual figure Emha Ainun Nadjib (Cak Nun) gave an oration and read a poem, while the vocalist of HajarBleh BigBand sang the National Song “Tanah Airku.” Cak Nun would play again later on with his gamelan ensemble KiaiKanjeng by collaborating with Inna Kamarie. Such an incridible way to open a fest.

After that early heavy act on stage, Aboda took over the same stage. Aboda is a sibling band of four brothers: Timotius (keys), Fanuel (drums), Filemon (guitar) and Clement (bass). From the church, they went to the secular world, sending the positive message in a way to bless people. They like to tell a lot of stories, not by talking but through songs, both covers and original ones. Basically they delivered the messages in smooth jazz fashion but we captured other musical patterns too here and there enriching their concept. The word Aboda is taken from Hebrew word means ‘working, serving and praising’, or in Indonesia means ‘ibadah’. One thing to learn from Aboda, if you wish to bless people, it doesn’t always have to be done only in places of worship, but it can also be taken outside the walls. Music can always be a good media to use, and since Aboda chose jazz as its main course, we can get the evidence that jazz can bless people too, especially when it comes with positive messages such as friendship, peace and love. Their first song was “Backyard” which tells us about being honest in life just like when we are in the backyard. Next was a song about beautiful life, titled “Today in Paradise”; and the last was folk songs from Papua and Maluku where they did in medley with jazz, also “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that uniquely came in 6/8. Meanwhile RGP, stands for Revival Generation Project did their best on Essence Stage, FOD at Welcome Stage and High & Low took the Samali Stage.

Three Songs, a group with five siblings on it was very unique. There are 11 years old drummer named Josafat Song, 15 years old bassist named Samuel, two guitarists named Abed and Abe, and 14 years old singer named Caeli. The drummer and bassist showed amazing skill and speed, simply incredible. Altogether they played their own two songs and another two covered songs (Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Overjoyed). Previously they played on Java Jazz and JakJazz, next event they are invited as the delegation from Indonesia on Youth World Jazz at Bogor. One of their songs titled “Hippo Track” simply because they like watching National Geography and they also like hippo.


While High & Low served some swings, Kandank Jurank Doank sent out a message that we should preserve the nature. Kandank Jurank Doank was established by famous artist Dik Doank in 1993, made as a school for poor children which is placed right in the natural environment. In there he’s been giving the children school education plus an awareness that the beautiful nature is a gift from God that needs to be conserved. They brought up some traditional instrument from natural materials. Dik Doang stated that Next, step our feet to check out the left corner where Zarro & De Vega played. Many people still remember him as one of the Jakarta-based band Clorophyl, but actually he has moved on to a new course where he utilized his mother language, Kaili (lingua franca of where he came from, Palu, Central Celebes/Sulawesi). We have seen him with his Kaili-Bossanova Project, now he chose to bring his other well established project, Zarro & De Vega. With this project he presented Latin/Brazilian Jazz with the combination of Kaili and Portuguese language. It was a very interesting and unique show.


The legend Ireng Maulana brought a memorable, spontaneous and humble show as always. Swing was on in a very beautiful way by him. He just let his fingers flew all over the guitar fret in producing harmonious jazz sound that came from his deepest soul. Looked so happy when he played on the stage with Yuyun George on saxophone, Happy Pretty on trumpet, As Mates on bass, Rudy on drum, Sam Panuwun on keyboard for 15 minutes, they played “One Note Samba” and “Route 66″ happily. We’re all also happy to see him glowing in his age. May God bless him with great health so we can enjoy his pure, natural swingin’ jazz touch for many, many more years to come. Came from Surabaya, senior keyboardist Yohanes Gondo with his trio colored up the Essence Stage with well known jazz standards. Meanwhile female singer Rahel Pradika and her Quintet gave a pretty bossa and light jazz with deep smokey voice in good control.At 6 pm the stages got busier than before. Manna which has fusion as their indirect power in music got their turn. With senior bassist A.S. mates, his son Jessi Mates and ellegant guitarist Achmad Ananda and rapper/vocalist Fajri Rusani, this cross-generation band becomes more solid as a team. The pleasuring jazz joy was served through combination of acoustic and groove sound with electronic. Speaking of genre, they creatively fused jazz, blues, rock, funk and other patterns. They played simple but really charming.


Moving on to the next stage on the right corner of the venue, we spotted Monita Tahalea & The Nightingales. Led by the beautiful singer with lushy vocal Monita Tahalea, her most recent group which filled by Chaka Priambudi (bass), Yoseph Sitompul (piano), Ricard Hutapea (flute/sax), Gerald Hiras Situmorang (guitar) and Jessi Mates (drums). After finishing a Christmas album produced by Indra and Hanny Lesmana, her busy schedule with the group finally landed at this Indonesian Jass Festival. As information, Nightingale is a singing bird with peaceful and calm sound, it’s a perfect choice for Monita to choose this name since she also breathes the same soul. It was a fast swing played when “Sebatas Mimpi” closed the session, unpredictably Monita sang it in ballad. Beyond unique!




After two days of total fun, we still got another day to jazz. The Java Jazz Festival 2013 delivered nonstop action on Friday and Saturday with nothing but the best stars from all around the world. So what’s happening on the last day? We’re going to spill it out for you.

The event ran early around 2:30 pm with at least 3 groups to start with. The Crickets took the Djarum Lounge, Soul Bridge at Masima Stage, and  Galaxy Jazz Big Band was also back again to the festival. This big band is unique not only because it comprises of expatriates mostly from Japan, but also since the band is like a festival specialist. It has performed in almost all big sized festival. Other than the festival you’re reading right now, they’ve been participating at JakJazz and Bekasi Jazz too, just to mention a few. The Galaxy Big Band founded in 1992 by 3 men: Kenji Murayama, Toshio Kataoka and Arimichi Handa. What we always love from them is the way they pour swing, blues, funk and beyond through well-known songs. Sing a long is always a must.

Soul Bridge, Butterscotch, Kaori Kobayashi came right after, also Aboda. Speaking of Aboda, this band of siblings was known as a Christian band but later extended their course to go outside the church wall to send the message of love to the society. Aboda is a Hebrew word means “working, praising and serving”, so you can take a guess what the Noya brothers: Timotius, Fanuel, Filemon and Clement have as their mission. Speaking of music style, they bring the positive message through smooth jazz and light fusion. God bless you guys for blessing others.


At the same time, a music teacher who has produced so many successful talents, Andi Wiriantono played under his group simply called Andi Wiriantono & Friends together with Franky Sadikin (Bass), Ossa Sungkar (Drums), Karty Rosen (Guitar), and Devian (saxophone), last but not least a young singer with amazing vocal quality, Nesia Ardi. Since at least 2 years ago he decided to emerge on the surface, pursuing his career as playing musician other than still continuing his service as a piano teacher. The last time we watched him was at the Jazz Goes to Campus 3 months ago, again we got entertained by his spontaneous jazz streams, backed by strong team behind him. David Helbock sealed his contribution in another ‘acrobatic’ jazz-fingers show.




How was your Saturday night? Well ours was double thumbs up after a whole day at Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran with the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2013. Day one sent us home with smiles and so did day two, so far with bigger smiles indeed!

Like yesterday, the second day bloomed fast with Diego Maroto‘s second session and a very special project which involved a lot of stars with Ambonese origin called Amboina. These two shows ran together with Mery Kasiman Project ft. Aksan Sjuman, Riza Arshad, but special for today, they had Monita Tahalea as guest stars at Semeru Garuda Indonesia Hall. Mery Kasiman found her passion in jazz/pop music instead of classic and has been active inside the squared jazz circle for quite some times. When we heard about her having a session at this festival for the first time, we felt happy because we know she deserved it. Aside of supporting her husband Julian ‘Joy’ Marantika’s upcoming album, she works hard on establishing herself too.

This project with Aksan Sjuman, the man whose ability in playing drums is undoubtedly acclaimed, and Riza Arshad, the unique musicians who loves the experiment in mixing jazz and traditional music brought a very interesting performance. This pairings might sound like a surprise to you, but actually they have been playing together many times. In fact, Mary also has a role in Aksan Sjuman and the Committee of the Fest and active as a copyist and movie scorer orchestrator with Aksan. As predicted, she played wonderfully tonight. Trust us, you will hear her a lot more often soon because this girl is really something.

A dear friend of Indonesia’s jazz scene, Jeremy Monteiro graced the soil again, this time with his electrifying new group, The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet. The name could sound heavy, but it’s exactly like that if you look at the personals inside. Other than the Singaporean virtuoso Jeremy Monteiro himself on the piano, the group features the internationally famous guitarist from Hong Kong, Eugene Pao, innovative drummer from Thailand Chanutr Techatana-nan and amazing sax-man from Philippines, Tots Tolentino. You could only imagine how the jazz would shape in the hands of big cats like this, but from our point of view, it’s the spectacular combination between colorful sceneric sound of piano, kaleidoscopic saxophone sound scape, the groovy swingin’ polyrhytmical drum pattern and daring guitar stunts. This group had huge success in their Asia-Europe Autumn Tour in 2012before they came back for an exclusive concert in Singapore. It’s impossible not to have this kind of supergroup in a festival like this, apparently the Java Festival Production seemed to think the same. Three South East Asian musicians plus one from the South-Eastern part of Asia joined forces with an excellent outcome. Having a players like this should make us all proud, because they have given such strong statement through their music that the South East(ern) Asian nations are not the second class in the world’s jazz scene.

Taking a step into a new adventure of soul and jazz is Lauren Kinhan. She is also a member of a few music projects such as Moss, Jalala and New York Voices which the latter is also on the list at this year’s Java Jazz Festival. Her latest album Avalon is another fine example of how she comfortably bridges the jazz and adult alternative worlds and how Lauren herself comfortably bridges her songs and her talent with the audience. She created a lounge-ish ambience, we felt like sitting in a comfy jazz club, relaxing with a glass of wine.

Speaking of Big Band in Indonesia, there’s a relatively new one that’s been doing really well. It’s the HajarBleh Big Band. It’s not easy to carry on the big band concept when the mainstream doesn’t go to that direction, yet this band has tremendous progress. Led by Robert Joko (Arranger, conductor, mentor and keys), this unique ‘crazy gang’ could shape themselves in various formations according to the needs. They bring the big band concept to a new phase, with the joy of playing, harmony, freedom and variety placed on top.

They delivered top jazz and pop tunes such as “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, “Sing Sing Sing”, “Bananeira”, “St. Thomas”, “Summertime”, “Incompatibilidade de Genios”, “Chamelon”, “Barcelona”, “The Best of Earth Wind and Fire” plus their new original song “Bulan Di Atas Teras Kota”. “It’s a blessing indeed, finally we got the shot to perform here!” said trumpeter Wildan Abdat in joy. We felt that too in their session. Not just a band that’s big which plays swing, they can widen their concept to give surprises. Just like the meaning of HajarBleh, an Indonesian slang which encourages people to just go for it and be brave, this gang of happy souls plan to paint the big band formation with more colors and possibilities. Keep up the good work, guys! Hope to see you again in the other festivals soon. “Playing music is not for showing off, but music is an expression. If you do something wrong, don’t be afraid, just try again.” Said Roberto Joko.

Indonesian Youth Regeneration (IYR) was another group that caught many eyes and ears upbringing the future of Indonesian Jazz into a broader stage of listeners in fun, groovy way. The current members of IYR are Dennis Junio (saxophone), Demas Narawangsa (drums), Albert Fakdawer (vocals), Reno Castello (guitar) and Ankadiov Subran (Bass). Meanwhile, huge bash in the great stage came from the Extra Large! Comprised by Davina in vocal, Pandu in bass, Agape in drum and Pandji in guitar, they are capable enough to perform and give different taste of jazz music colored with the fun beat. If they named their band by how they see the size of their members, well we’ll say they’ve got extra large talent and an extra large crowd loving them for sure.

George Duke and Stanley Clarke as Clarke/Duke 4 took place again, this time at the D2 Djarum Super Mild Hall, enabling those who missed their performance on Friday to finally got the chance. Kaori Kobayashi is the talented jazz saxophonist from Japan. She started play music on her very young age and played a piano before she was join on the band and start to play flute. She hanging for just four years on the flute, and choose to played saxophone. She got the learn from Bob Zangu how to play the saxophone in a jazz setting. If we have seen saxtress from the west such as Mindi Abair, Pamela Williams and Jessy J, now we experienced saxtress from the East who can play just as good. We had a quick interview with the beautiful Kaori where she said it is her first time at Java Jazz and she’s extremely happy to be here. Kaori played flute in an amazing “Loving You”, continued by covering “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Life for You” with her saxophone and a closing of “City Lights” which blew the audience away. She’s also happy that she’s with two other performers from Japan, Noon and Fried Pried and satisfied with the crowd and enthusiasm here at Jiexpo. Asking about other saxophonists in Japan, Kaori stated that now in Japan, the amount of saxophonists are increasing. So maybe hopefully for other performances we will be able to see more talents like Kaori Kobayashi.

The newcomer Yassovi marked her way big time by joining this year’s lineup. After we enjoyed her youtube videos; some were made in her room; now we caught her in person. Beautiful girl, beautiful voice with beautiful sets of songs, this girl will be the next Raisa.

Let’s check out what was going on at the other spot. Talking about Smooth Jazz on acoustic guitars, the name Earl Klugh must always come to mind. Known as one of the finest acoustic guitar players for many years, Klugh was founded by Chet Atkins on the Perry Como Show at the very young age. He has a remarkable style in fusing jazz, pop and R&B beyond a melodious contemporary music and speaks mostly about love. Through the years, Klugh has recorded over 30 albums with 12 grammy nominations, one OST recording from a sweet movie “Just Between Friends”, many collaborations with various jazz legends such as Bob James, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, George Benson and also legendary divas like Patti Austin and Roberta Flack. Many songs of him still remains in our hearts such as “Living Inside Your Love”, “Magic In Your Eyes”, Al Jarreau’s “This Time”, “Crazy For You”, “Melrose Place’s Theme song”, “Wishful Thinking” and “If You’re Still In Love With Me.” In this year’s episode, Klugh gave something very special by collaborating with the other famous smooth jazz saxophonist, Nelson Rangell.

Although known as a famous smooth-jazz saxophonist, Nelson Rangell actually started with picollo flute. His success was sparkling on the late 80s when Rangell signed by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin at the legendary GRP Records. In there, Rangell straightly gained success, joining other famous jazz saxophonists like Eric Marienthal and David Sanborn. Over 8 albums and many collaborations at GRP including with The Rippingtons, Patti Austin and Chuck Loeb, Rangell keeps himself on track with Shanachie Records until now. His most famous work in Indonesia is the instrumental version of Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait A While” which is listed in the album “Playing For Keeps” (1989). Two smooth jazz heroes shared the stage in one pleasuring session, we can’t help but wish them to come again. It was another memorable moment from the Java Jazz Festival 2013.

Soul Music System took over the Citra Intirama Stage, then Bandanaira and Mellow Motif launched their musics in the other corners. Mellow Motif were back on stage after gathering a large crowd on the first day. Continued with Bandanaira, a  duo of Lea Simanjuntak (vocal) and Irsa Destiwi (piano). They have been friends for a long time, since they both studied at FKIP Atmajaya University Jakarta. The name comes from the beautiful island in Maluku Islands (Moluccan Islands). They came up with the beautifully song from Indonesian traditional songs or maybe some of folk songs with the taste of jazz so they will make us proud of our traditional songs that wrapped with something awesome like jazz.

Eldar Djangirov, the so-called “Tiger Woods of Jazz” who put up another fascinating show in front of a great crowd, got his second performance today, then a group called Next Project jazzed the Masima Stage. Almost at the same time a legendary guitarist brought a swingin’ delight. Oele Pattiselano is the master of inserting moods in every strum to create one pure, natural swing. Often he sounds simple, his calm expression can be deceiving, but once you listen closely, it’s magical. Not often brought by him, this year he expanded his horizon by playing in the shape of septet. Not only we enjoyed a made-simple but lovely concert, we could also learn and taste the pure swing, came from the heart of this legendary guitarist with international reputation.

A masterpiece of eighteen members, Dutch Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw steps in to delight the fine night with their ear-pleasing flow of rhythms produced by the musical instruments trumpets, trombones, drums, guitar, double bass, reeds, and piano, conducted by the bandleader Henk Meutgeert. They are known as the current most talented jazz musicians around the Netherlands – exactly; all the way from the land of the Oranje to our very own Java island! A band called Next Project rest their case on the Masima stage.

Akira Yokota with virtuoso guitarist Norio virtuoso run in the name of Fried Pride, a duo who annually delivered album since their selftitled in 2001. “Street Walking Woman”, “Heat Wave”, “That’s My Way”, “Two, too”, “Musicream” and “Milestone”; those list in red line to recognize their existence in American music scene without omitting their tag as featured in Japanese Concord Label.

If this duo came from the Land of the Rising Sun, the other stage rocked with a fast-rising duo from our own soil, Bubu Giri. This dynamic duo which consists of Setia Giri Agung/Giri (guitar) and Ratna Dewi Anggraeni/Bubu (vocals) gave tasty groovy jazz blues with spontanity, the thing that makes them stand differently from any other players in the field. This time, in fact, they gave us some fresh stuff – beatboxing a Dave Koz cover! Moreover, they also put up a real good show when they passed us a Sundanese atmosphere with the bamboo flute. They come from Bandung and established good communication with the audience while singing and playing, resulting a very unpredictably entertaining session.


Tulus’ tender crooning vocals also lit up our Saturday night. He has been on many stages building his way up through the lists of top performers. He’s proven to us that hard work does pay off because he’s been through his own journey through music events and festivals like this. It’s always hard to let go of the romantic scene that he is always able to create every time performing on stage. But on the other hand, his voice was also able to get us off our feet and dance. His voice just never fails to please the audience. Tonight at the Java Jazz Festival 2013 Tulus had his performance accompanied by all his music pals who were also there during the recording for the making of his album. To top it off, it is also this time that he gladly sang every single song in his album, plus two other new ones. Now this has formed some real satisfied audience, hasn’t it? During Tulus’ show, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin once again gave tremendous highlights at the A3 BNI Hall, and Spyro Gyra changed their role, this time presenting a music clinic. It was such a surprising number of audience there at the area.

In the other side of the venue, we caught the very popular bassist especially among youngsters, Barry Likumahuwa with his group. For the fusion fans, the name of Weather Report will always ring the bell out loud. As one of the most important pioneer of American fusion back in the early 1970, the contribution of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Narada Michael Walden, Alex Acuña, Omar Hakim and the other players who colored this group in various formations of the band are countless to shape the form of music; where jazz, rock, R&B, artistic to ethnic music live in harmony; into a new, innovative and challenging hybrid. The band is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Many musicians still inspired by them and carry their legacy, including Barry Likumahuwa who has this group as one of his important inspiration. So it’s about time for him to pay respect to the band with a special tribute. What’s interesting is he chose to launch the concept with his popular band which usually goes more into the funky, groovy pop jazz, the Barry Likumahuwa Project (BLP). While some of us might be surprise with this move, we have to know that the members are highly capable to bring this concept alive. Still keeping the intensity of the original Weather Report by playing their famous repertoires including “Birdland”, “Man with the Copper Fingers, “A Remark You Made”, “Black Market” and “Ellegant People”, they presented it chilled to meet the satisfaction of their fans, including the youngsters who might have never heard Weather Report yet. A smart decision executed at the best one can, BLP has moved further in cooking up their musical concept for the Tribute to Weather Report. Magnus Lindgren and Gregory Porter repeated their cool collaborative act, followed by B.D.G and Jose James at the other rooms.

Time to catch the Special Show! If you grew up in the 80’s and loved to listen to the radio, you should be familiar with this beautiful lady’s unique wide-ranging vocals. Basia Trzetrzelewska, best known as just Basia, has her own hits when she went solo such as “Promises”, “Cruising for Bruising”, “Baby Your Mine” and “Brave New Hope”, but let’s not forget that she already shone bright when she was still joining Matt Bianco, producing hits such as “Just a Minute” and many other ones. There were a lot of buzzes in 2009 about her participation in this festival, but we didn’t see her at all. Now she finally made it, delighting all of her fans with her popular songs. She jazzed us up tonight with “Cruising”, “From Now On”, “Olive Tree”, “Time and Time”, “Copernicus”, “Half A Minute”, and “Promises (Yearning)”. We have been waiting long enough for this gifted Polish lady, now the long waiting’s over. Basia did give a performance we will never forget for straight one hour. If you read this, Basia, you should’ve known by now that you have a lot of fans here in Indonesia. We hope you enjoy your visit and plan to come again in the near future.

It’s usual for a band to have a bassist, but it’s rare if we can find two bassists at the same time. Indro Hardjodikoro, the smiley bassist who has been pursuing his career for over 20 years has the idea to put the sound of walking bass on top in unique way. He started with three or four bassists at the same time, but now he settled down with two, himself and his former student Fajar Adi Nugroho. The contribution of keyboardist Andy Gomez and drummer, Yesaya ‘Echa’ Sumantri played a big deal in creating a strong concept. They have graced Russia three times and gained popularity in there, they have played with traditional musicians, now it’s time to see the Indro Hardjodikoro & the Fingers collaborating with the iconic Tompi. Their songlist was “The Fingers”, “Andong”, “Rambut Ijuk”, “Panon Hideung” and “Gadis Shanghai”. It was amusing and very interesting.

Dewi Sandra has received many awards as a pop singer in Indonesia and released six albums since 1996. Java Jazz 2013 was a distinct place for her to spread her jazz side out. That was a good challenge and people didn’t want to miss her show as a jazzy singer just for one night.

James Carter started playing saxophone at 11 years old, and now we can say that he’s one of the best saxophonists, clarinetists, and flutists of his generation. At his youth, he was a member of Lester Bowie’s quintet and it brought him to collaborate with other musicians. He has released countless albums and won Down Beat magazine’s Critics and Readers Choice Award as a baritone saxophonist, also received The Dr. Alaine Locke Award. At Java Jazz 2013, James Carter Organ Trio carried vigorous melodies and heated the ambiance of the hall.

Eyes still ready for more of Saturday night’s second round of day two? We’ve got ‘em listed for you!

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Daniel Irawan, Khairiyah Sartika Syofian, Mellysa Anastasya, Ata Michaella, Sharon Patricia Kandou, Bintang Steffy Tania, Kenny Laia, Ghea Sagita
Photographer: I Putu Surya KB, Praditya Nova, Anggha Nugraha, Qaedi Fuadillah, Omar Arif Maulana, Alfi Widoretno
Team: Vierna Mariska Kurniawan, Muhammad Fadhly

photos of Hajar Bleh Big Band are courtesy of the band, used by permission

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Once again an annual music event was held by Suara Surabaya (SS) in November 24th, 2012. This is the second Djarum Super Mild Jazz Traffic Festival  in Surabaya and it was made even greater than last year. What did make this year’s installment more special and outstanding? The better arrangement and bigger batch of lineup were the reason. This time Djarum Super Mild Jazz Traffic Festival 2012 offered more various jazz musicians which made it more interesting, the program was much better, and it also engaged international jazz artist. The process until it becomes an annual event was a good story where it reinforces Surabaya as a potential place for jazz event. We can see the brand title of Jazz Traffic itself is already strongly attached to jazz lover especially among the listeners of Jazz Traffic radio program in SS, the communities of jazz listener are increased, and also the music itself continuously grows broad. Probably these cases can signify the resurgence jazz in Surabaya and Djarum Super mild saw the opportunity, voila! It transformed into a massive Jazz Traffic Festival.

This year Jazz Traffic Festival really maximized the space and time so that the visitors would be satisfied. The gig started at 12 pm. until around 12 am. The committee provided three stages which are Convention Hall on third floor (indoor), Exhibition Hall on ground floor (indoor), and at the parking lot (outdoor). The society gave marvelous responses and really showed their excitement by crowding those three stages and get lost in the jazzy tunes. The setting of the stage indeed gave as much freedom as it could for the audience because it was structured in parallel, so the visitors could choose which stage they wanted to watch. JTF 2012 supplied jazz with its variety; they showed many genres we could enjoy such as fusion, ethnic jazz, and acid jazz, also the pure or mainstream one; those styles surely gave fresh air into Surabaya which had 34 degree Celsius at that time and cooled down the jazz lovers who already came to the venue in the afternoon.


Hoping you all get enough description about the venue and the situation in Jazz Traffic Festival 2012, now let’s hopped into the object of this event, list of the fantastic bands.  As the opening, we got Surabaya All Stars which consists of FX Boy on alto saxophone, Totok Afiat on bass, Tri Wijayanto on guitar, Muhammad on drum, Iwan Santoso on keyboard, Dodi on trumpet, Luluk on trombone, Syaifl on tenor saxophone, Ruland on percussion, Yunita, Kiki, and also Seno on vocal. They all are the students of the late Bubi Chen who was a jazz maestro from this particular city. For the play they had 5 beautiful compositions which were instrumental “Doctor Makumba”, “It’s Alright”, “Soul as Caital”, “Shaker Song”, and “Give Me the Night”. Their performance gathered the people who were in Exhibition Hall Grand City Surabaya lobby together into the Convention Hall to saw them on stage. FX Boy who is also the manager of Surabaya All Stars said that this band which was created in 2007 really enjoyed being the opening of Super Mild Traffic Jazz Festival 2012. This is their second time to be invited. He added, “Since Jazz Traffic Festival last year, we keep observing that jazz enthusiasm in Surabaya increases. This is very good and we hope we can include as one of that phenomenon”. For the next edition hopefully in 2013, FX Boy put out his dream that more and more Surabaya’s jazz musicians can participate this event, the more the merrier. “Surabaya has a lot of great jazz musicians for sure. We expect them to perform next year.” He said.


Comparing the jazz scene in Indonesia today and 5 years ago, you’ll find out that it’s way different. We are talking not only about the number of musicians or the quantity of jazz albums, but also about the variety of jazz colors brought by these artists and of course, the jazz events which like a virus, spread and infected more and more areas throughout the archipelago. Just this month alone, we are dealing with no less than 6 jazz festivals from North Sumatra all the way to East Java.

The same case happen in the capital of East Java, Surabaya. This city was known as one of the few most important jazz cities in Indonesia in the old days, but then it became quiet from jazz for some years. Since last year jazz suddenly awakened from long sleep. Voila, jazz shone bright again on Surabaya sky. One of the reasons came from Suara Surabaya (SS) radio station’s decision to take the next step after supporting jazz in its service for almost 3 decades by presenting a jazz festival. They named it Jazz Traffic Festival, taken from the name of their regular jazz program. Since the first installment was successful (read the report of 2011 edition here:, they are ready to launch the second show. Listen up, Djarum Super Mild Jazz Traffic Festival 2012 is back, and it’s back with a vengeance! Why? Because this time they are making it a lot bigger than last year with 3 stages and the total of 200 musicians/artists!

Errol Jonathans who’s in charge of the specific program Jazz Traffic at Suara Surabaya Radio also acts as the President Director of this radio admitted that the 2012 edition of this festival offers many more interesting things. The lineup has more colors, involving even the international artist. Other than that he also stated that they are making better planning on the program following the higher response from the market. Wahyu Widodo, the chief committee of the festival added that they intend to grab all the jazz lovers to enjoy it through live performance. In order to do that, they are going to provide not just pure jazz but also some other subsegment such as acid jazz, fusion or even pop jazz.

Speaking of the stages, what’s unique is that this time they are going to place 3 stages at 3 different areas. One in the Convention Hall, third floor (indoor), Exhibition Hall, first floor (indoor) and at the parking lot (outdoor). With this addition and new arrangement, the committee wish the audience to be able to enjoy each genre fully at certain continuous time. The whole show will be available for 12 hours straight, from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight. Another thing need to mention is this time there won’t be any border between artists and audience. Means, you can mingle in better range with the performers while the needed space is still well kept.

The late Bubi Chen at Jazz Traffic Festival 2011 (with Doni Sundjoyo and Sandy Winarta). Inset: Bubi Chen with Sierra Soetedjo

One thing that’s gone from this year’s edition is there won’t be Bubi Chen anymore. Last year he gave one unforgettable show that unfortunately became the last festival he attended before he passed away 2 months after. At that time he performed with set of youngsters, that including Sandy Winarta Quartet and Sierra Soetedjo. So what should they do after Bubi chen’s passing? They actually prepared a project honoring him called “Remembering Bubi Chen”. This show will bring back the memory of last year’s session in one touching but full of respect concept.

Meanwhile, Andry Swaputra, the Project Officer of Djarum Super Mild explained that Surabaya city has a long, influential jazz history. He also said that eventhough the maestro Bubi Chen isn’t with us anymore, he still left us many skillful students that should be accomodated in the festival. “An event like Jazz Traffic Festival should become an inspiration for these young jazz musicians”, he said. On the other hand, Andry admitted that the brand title of Jazz Traffic which has aired since 1985 is very strong. “This off-air program has to be continued since the brand title is solid strong.” he added. That’s the reason why Djarum Super Mild decided to continue its support for the second year as the main sponsor. Just like last year, Radio Suara Surabaya also continues its cooperation with Rita Noya, a jazz event promoter from Surabaya that has established several jazz communities such as in Semarang and Surabaya.

Types of Show/Lineup

Now let’s see the types of program and lineup. This second edition of Djarum Super Mild Jazz Traffic Festival will have  Special Shows with 5 bands/collaborative performances.


Toninho Horta, the legendary Brazilian jazz guitarist is set to collaborate with Dwiki Dharmawan and Sierra Soetedjo. Toninho Horta seems coming at the right time near the end of 2012, because he directly involves several big festivals such as Ngayogjazz 2012, The 35th Jazz Goes to Campus and also this festival. It’s going to be interesting to see the kind of connection established between this nylon stringed acoustic guitar (violão) player with keyboard maestro Dwiki Dharmawan and the very beautiful songstress Sierra Soetedjo.


Day three leaps in as we’re still roaming around the stages of Djarum Super Mild Jakarta International Jazz Festival 2012. A few names from the first and second day were back such as Boris Savoldelli, Tetsuo Sakurai, Mezzoforte and Curtis King. Crackerjacks Dixieland also performed again with a larger crowd with much more expressive response.They just rehearsed today and brought an Indonesian song of their own version, “Terang Bulan”. The crowd even asked for an encore. Happy to see that finally the audience started digging the beauty of Dixieland. It’s rare today to find a band which as the authentic spirit of this style, but Dixieland Crackerjacks has it all. They had fun, brought a lot of laughter and made us felt as if we were sitting in 1910’s or 1920’s street cafe in New Orleans. “We’d love to come again next year. We love the audience, the organizers really did a great job too.” said trumpeter Michael Muller to us. If that so, we would be more than happy to have this band back again next year. Speaking of the rarity, authenticity, true spirit and joyful package in terms of having an important part of jazz history back again, Dixieland Crackerjacks is the one,  They finally found climax in the last day, the same thing happened with other performers who reprised their session. But hey, eventhough they played more than once, they could make it like it was their first presence. That’s the great thing about jazz is that you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you don’t get the same performance twice. It’s all about the creativity and improvisation, so it was never a same show.


The day started off with Jazzy One. A group of fresh young talents consisting of Muhammad Reyhan Akil (Keyboards), Muhammad Rizky Abdullah (Bass), Dio Rizky Perdana (Drums), Dimas Habibie (Saxophone), Harley Korompis (Trumpet) and Yosua Jose (Percussion & Cajon) set the stage with numbers from Incognito who are also performing at this event. So we could say it is like an interesting improvising inception. This evening we were served to open this bash within the following cover songs such as John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, Jamiroquai’s “Bad Girls” and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing”. They included two female vocalis Dita and Farah Di plus Aja with his powerful and strong voice.

Institut Musik Indonesia is one of the nation’s leading music institutes and in this event they have contributed a big part towards expanding knowledge and sharing experiences with the crowd about what they have pursued throughout their study. And on the last day, IMI Combo Band gave us a great package. With Indro Hardjodikoro, Andre Dinutz, Triono and Yandi, they served us more than a combo, but a feast of rockin’ , funkin’ fusion to fulfill our cravings for jazz  through their songlist “Psychopath”, “Always Always Always”, “And I Love Her”, “Remembering You” and “Titik Awal”.

 The grand swing embranced the audience in multitude from the clinic stage, brought by the band formed two years ago by Sonny Pangestu and Roberto Joko. They also valiant to bring another kind of music as long as they are still in the corridor. Many of the band members are still young and happily join the team for enjoying the learning process or simply to have fun. Wildan Abdat, our contributor also a trumpet player in HajarBleh Big Band told us that their participation at such a big, international event like this was a dream come true. We say, they deserve it. What’s unique from this big band is they’re open to everyone who interested and want to engage in jazz music. We can feel from their performance that none of them wasted their opportunity in fulfilling their dreams. They entertained us with swing, blues, and jazz standard in epic result. Good job, HajarBleh Big Band! Robert Joko as the arranger, conductor, mentor and keys. Then there’s Shelly (Keys), Yonathan (Guitar), Vito Gama (Bass), Rizal ‘Ucus’ Wargakusuma (Percussion), Thomas & Nair (Drums), Nicolaus Edwin (Tenor Sax), Tanya Edwin (Alto Sax) and Arie Kurniawan (Alto Sax). From the trombone base there is Sonny T. Pangestu (Band Master), Suharman, Mail & Rio. Trumpets are Luhur ‘Icrut’ Wicak, Wildan Abdat, Adek Marhaenika and the vocals from Thisi, Steve Respati and Mesakh Christian.They carried on songs such as Duke Ellington’s “Duke’s Place”, “Route 66″, Sonny Rollins’ “St Thomas” and “Georgia On My Mind” among others. From now on if one wants to talk about the pulse of Big Band in Indonesia, HajarBleh Big Band should always be mentioned. Hope they will continue achieving their dreams, such as participating in other big events in local or international scene, where they can get more experience and at the same time proving that they are indeed have it all.