The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2015 (KKJF) is an annual fund-raising jazz extravaganza jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS). Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. KKJF recorded a crowd of over 4,000 people during the two –night performance.
The festival is on its 9th edition this year every since it was started in 2007. For 2015, the festival will be held on the 24th and 25th of July this year from 7pm to 11pm. For the days leading up to the two-night event, a series of fringe events and the much-anticipated Talent Search have been planned.
Performers line-up for this year festival are Motown Legend – Bobby Taylor who most notable for discovering and mentoring the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, Gugun Blues from Jakarta, Indonesia the winner of the Hard Rock Café Battle of the Bands in 2011, Rio Sidik Quartet from Bali, Indonesia, Faizul Sany & The Hybrid winner of 2013 Akademi Fantasia from Sabah, Shun Ng the International Artist of The Year at the Boston Music Awards in 2014, Liyana Fizi YES artist of the month and for Chinese jazz lovers May Mow both from Kuala Lumpur. That’s just some of the performers at this year’s festival. Every year the festival will have up to eight acts every night playing on either the main or center stage which allows for non-stop music throughout the night.
The festival is a fund-raising event. Money raised from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects run by the RCKK. Past projects funded by the KKJF include the clean water project to the villager, literacy program, Avoidable Blindness Campaign, environment protection program, Free medical services to rural communities, initiate the development of cottage industry in the hope that the communities can be independent in their life, building of boarding home for rural children so they do not have to commute the 3 hours walk to school every morning.
The KKJF is listed as a premier event in Sabah’s annual calendar of events, and is also a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival. Tickets are sold at RM150 for a two-night pass and RM100 for a one-night pass. The festival also has a Premier seating section.
For more information, please visit www.kkjazzfest.com, as well on other various social media under the same name.