On the 10th and 11th May 2013, thousands of Jazz music lovers attended the 8th Borneo Jazz Fetival held recently in Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri. It is one of the international events organized every year to put Miri on world music map.
A local West Jazz Band from Sarawak started off the event with a Hot Latin Rhythms to the Swing Jazz Era and electrifying Funky Rhythms. The award winning Lisa Quartet (‘Bell Awards’ Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album) is well known to jazz music listeners for improvising an ensemble of India and African elements in their music. Lisa, later also joined the Canadian group, The Nylons in a performance.
The Nylons, is famous for their vibrant live show and getting the crowd all hyped up and entertained. Their music appeal to music lovers of all ages.
Equally entertaining was a performance by Grammy Award winner, The Scott Martin Latin Soul Band, from the west coast of USA. Another popular group comprising of 3 generations of the Martin family. They are well known for Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz. It is a mixture of Jazz compositions. Several craft vendors, food and drinks sellers were also seen at the event.
Local travel agencies also took this opportunity to promote pre and post Jazz Borneo Festival in Miri Sarawak to Mulu Caves, Lambir Waterfalls, Borneo Tropical Rainforests Resort and diving off the coastal waters of Miri. The tourism board hoped that with this annual event, it would put Sarawak on world map for Jazz music.