Groovy jazz tunes beguile music fans

Getting funky: Quah leading the Penang Philharmonic Jazz Band.

MUSIC lovers from all walks of life grooved the night away at the Celebration of Jazz concert at the Penang Philharmonic auditorium in The Star Pitt St. in George Town.

Locals and expatriates young and old alike tapped their feet and bobbed their heads to 26 catchy melodies.

The Spunk Unit, led by Leonard de Silva, kicked off proceedings.

This was followed by the young Minden Heights Primary School Band. Many of the band members’ proud parents were among the audience of several hundred.

After the intermission, the Tetlin Effect demonstrated their prowess on various instruments and were roundly applauded by the crowd.

The Penang Philharmonic Jazz Band, led by section head Jerome Quah, capped off the free show on Thursday with a rousing segment that had the crowd asking for more.

Quah said the concert themed ‘Unity’ was in conjunction with Unesco’s International Jazz Day that has been celebrated on April 30 every year since 2012.

“Today, there are around 190 countries marking the occasion with musical performances and festivals.

“Our show was held for the third year running and serves to promote jazz music to a wider audience,” he said.

Quah also saw the show as a form of outreach to foster closer ties and facilitate exchanges between the musicians and the community.

He added that the jazz section complemented the Penang Philharmonic’s main orchestra and percussion ensemble, and catered to listeners with different musical tastes.

A donation box was put at the foyer during the event to raise funds for victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Music lovers who cannot get enough of jazz can watch out for the Jazz Piano Concert on May 16.

It will feature well-known Kuala Lumpur-based pianist Tay Cher Siang on the philharmonic’s Stein-way piano.

Tickets to the show, starting 3pm, are RM20 per person.

They can be purchased at the Penang Philharmonic office (04-2622462) in Dewan Sri Pinang from 10am to 5.30pm on Monday to Friday.

They can also be obtained from Bentley Music (04-226 2333) in Gurney Paragon Mall from 10am to 10pm daily or Areca Books (04-2610307) at The Star Pitt St. from 9.30am to 5pm daily.

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