Even a prominent Indonesian female jazz singer such as Dira Sugandi coiuld make a confession in front of the sitting crowd who filled up the concert hall at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, and also to the big band whom she shared the stage with, about how difficult it is here to make a living in jazz.
The Italian a capella group of five, Mezzotono, performed in front of the public audience they claimed to be the greatest under the concert title “The Mezzotono Show” in Ice Palace hall, Jakarta, 29 September.
From swing to bebop, acid, and the further rapid evolution of jazz when the western world brought it on board of the trade ships to meet Indonesian vernacular music in the 20s, Lantun Orchestra played their repertoire based on a timeline that tells about each period of the constantly-altering musical genre.
In 1996 Stefano Bollani chose to drop all he has worked for in pop since he first took a professional path at his teenage years, and after over 15 years, the Italian pianist showed his aptitude, more of nurtured than inherent.
Swing Boss Jazz Band dedicated itself since it was founded in 2014 to promote Indonesian vernacular songs in a unique arrangements combining jazz and bossa nova.
Dutch saxophonist Benjamin Herman performed in Jakarta for the first time on 5 March 2015, in Erasmus Huis.