Jazz festival aims to put KL in spotlight this weekend

(From left) Thornton, Fernan­dez, Mohd Fauzi and DBKL Tourism Unit administrative officer Mohd Shukri Rohim during the River Jazz Festival 2022 press conference at the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau.

THE River Jazz Festival 2022 this weekend will see a line-up of prominent local and international jazz artists.

The festival is made possible by Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Culture, Arts, Tourism And Sports Department in cooperation with Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan).

It will be held at the Guiding Gallery, River of Life (ROL) in Kuala Lumpur today and tomorrow, from 3pm to midnight.

DBKL Culture, Arts, Tourism and Sports Department senior manager Mohd Fauzi Ahmad said the event’s key goal was to reinvigorate Kuala Lumpur’s tourism sector, which had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The festival also aims to revive the local jazz scene while promoting the genre among Kuala Lumpur residents and tourists,” he added.

Karyawan president Datuk Freddie Fernandez hoped that the festival would boost Kuala Lumpur’s image, attract the interest of young people and ensure the survival of jazz in Malaysia.

If it is a success, DBKL plans to organise the festival annually.

Performing at the event are SORE (Indonesia), Mike Price (Australia) and Joe Rosenberg (US) as well as local Jazz maestros Steve Thornton, Michael Veerapen, Atilia, Dasha Logan, Junji Delfino, Lewis Pragasam, Fly Halizor, John Thomas, Rozhan Rahman, Eric Li, Zahid Ahmad, Razak Rahman, Jazztified, RT2, Attap Jazztrad and Rhythm and Sax.

The festival is free of charge and open to all age groups. — By AMIRAH CHE RAMLAN

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