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Chiang Mai Jazz Festival, Thailand
January 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm BMT
Please note that, according to the organisers, the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2020 edition has been postponed until further notice. We will publish any news and updates as and when they become available. The text below is from the last Chiang Mai Jazz Festival edition which was held on 26 January 2019.
In its eighth edition now, the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2019 will get Thailand’s Rose of the North swinging once again on Saturday 26 January.
As previously, the event will take place on the outdoor grounds of Promenada mall east of town, easily reached by taxi, tuk tuk, songthaew, motorcycle or bicycle if you’re brave. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for the Chiang Mai jazz event of the year with performances of both international and local talent.
Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2019 line-up
Artists announced so far include:
New Yorker Saxophonist and Flutist Mitch Frohman, recipient of the 2016 Latin Jazz USA Lifetime Achievement Award. If you’re a fan of Sex and the City than his tunes may sound familiar as he’s the saxophone soloist on the popular series’ theme song.
Kobe-born Japanese Takahiro Miyazaki will play his powerful yet soulful tunes on the saxophone which he first picked up at the age of 13.
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American veteran trumpeter Steve Cannon masters everything from Latin salsa to bebop jazz. When not playing a command performance for His Majesty the King of Thailand, Cannon can regularly be found leading his own quartet at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel in Bangkok.
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Thai local band The Swing Kings are known and loved for their prominent big band style brass music and getting people swinging on their feet. They will take a break from their regular performances at The Saxophone Pub in Bangkok to pull out all the stops in Chiang Mai.
Jazz-funk band The Merry Jean are, despite their youth, no strangers to Chiang Mai’s jazz scene, having played previously around the Rose of the North in venues like Northgate Jazz Bar, Sunday walking street and Ping Fai Festival. Formed in Tokyo only a few years ago, the band’s members are from all over Asia.
Chiang Mai local boys Del Ritmo will be dishing out their Latin jazz tunes. Since their formation in 2007, the band has helped to make Latin music more accessible to audiences in Thailand by putting lively Afro-Cuban rhythms into their performances.
After a successful inaugural performance at the Jazz & Blues Fest 2017 in the Thai northern town of Pai, fresh faces PaPaPao, a Chiang Mai trio, have grown even stronger and will be playing for us their own bossa nova tunes.
Tickets and pricing for the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2019
Tickets can be bought online on the Eventpop portal and cost 750 THB per person or 1,300 THB for a package of two.
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More information on Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2019
Stay tuned for more information and announcements on the festival’s official Facebook page.
Cover photo: The Swing Kings.