The Samui Jazz week is paying tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016). The late King of Thailand was a big appreciator of jazz music and played both on the clarinet and the alto saxophone. In his early years he performed with Benny Goodman. He also wrote more than 49 songs. His music is known in Thai as “Phleng Phra Ratcha Nipon” The Royal Compositions”.

In 2010, as celebration of the first Samui Jazz Festival, Koh Mr Saxman recorded an album together with the Dutch Saxophone Quartet Artvark, the trio Peter Beets and Alexander ‘The Hurricane’ Beets. The album contains several songs from the kings songbook. The organization and the musicians received appreciation from the Royal Palace for this initiative in 2011.


As a result of the kings appreciation of jazz music there still is a high interest in jazz music in Thailand. In Bangkok the Saxsociety has over 1000 saxophone players and throughout Thailand there are multiple festivals with National Thai jazz musicians. Also Thailand has four different conservatories with their own Jazz department.

The Samui Jazz Week brings both Thai and International Jazz players together to share their love for this music on stage. During the week there  also will be blend concerts, workshops, children concerts and beach concerts for the local community of Samui.

Watch and listen to Jeroen van Vliet Samui Summer Jazzweek 2010


Presented by: Skal International Koh Samui
Jane Soergel Vice President Maret, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Phone : +66 (0) 85 473 9604 | Email: jane.soergel@gmail.com
Website: https://www.samuisummerjazz.com
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