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Koh Mr Saxman
Koh Mr Saxman curator of Samui Summer Jazz 2022
Koh has been the familiar name to thai audiences and thai musicians for almost 20 years as a saxophone artist who has done many recording works for many artists, as well as his own studio albums.
Koh was born in 1973, and graduated from Chulalongkorn University in Music Education (1991-1994),
Koh became a professional musician since he was 15 with his good skill of saxophone.
Koh had been invited for performing with many Thai famous bands such as the Jazz Infinity, T-Bone before forming his own band and then released his solo album called “Mr.Saxman”in 2002.
Koh’s first solo album called “Mr.Saxman” (2002) attached with the biggest music label in Thailand, “GMM Grammy (Giraffe Records)”.
In 2011 Koh was invited featured artist at Amersfoort World JAzz Festival in the Netherlands. Since then Koh is a regular guests presenting new Thai Jazz music as well as new exceptional talents to the international jazz network like
Tontrakul, Pui, Takeshi Band, Saxpackgirl and Sandpond.
Koh Mr Ssaxman performed at the Bangkok Music Festival, Hua-Hin Jazz Festival, Bangkok International Jazz Festival, Penang Jazz Festival (Malaysia) Sanya Jazz (Japan)
nit Asia Band SouthEast Asia Tour 2008, (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Japan), Rhythm Meeting Band World Tour 2009, (India, Switzerland), Asean Music in Gwangju (Korea)
ummit Closing Social “Let’s LEAP into the World” 2012 (Sands Convention Center, Singapore) “Gitasiravadha…A tout jamais” au musee du quai Branly, Paris and Miri International Jazz Festival “Borneo Jazz ” Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
For the past 10 years, Koh Mr.Saxman has recorded his beautiful sound of saxophone for many Thai famous artists such as Bird Thongchai Mcintyre, Nunthida Kaewbuasai, Maleewan Jamina, Jennifer Kim, Loso, Bodyslam, Wiyada Komarakul, etc.
Koh Mr.Saxman is also international wel-known as Thai saxophone artist, one of the members of Unit Asia, a jazz band that contains of a Thai, Japanese, Malaysian members and shows off Asian jazz band to the world.
Koh is a founder of Saxophone Community in Thailand as well as 2 branches of saxophone school called “Sax Society” (www.saxsociety.com) and is also endorser of P.Mauriat Saxophones (www.pmauriatmusic.com)
“Yes! Music will keep us alive…”
Alexander Beets Quintet | Big Sounds |
When the Beets name rings anywhere in the world, a jazz lover somewhere will stand up and listen. Tenor powerhouse Alexander Beets has garnered international acclaim with his explosive sound and undeniable swing over the last few decades, appearing in lineups with greats such as Igor Butman (RU), Deborah Brown (USA), Sylwester Ostrowski (PL) and Koh Mr Saxman (TH).}
Paying tribute to the legends that inspired him throughout the years, his latest release Big Sounds features original compositions as well as long-time favorites by Stanley Turrentine and Cole Porter, among others. Sporting a lineup of latest and greatest musicians, he is joined by Miles Davis Institute-acknowledged trumpeter Ellister van der Molen, Beets brother Marius on bass, no less than two Dutch drum prodigies in the form of Sven Rozier and Tim Hennekes and, finally, renowned jazz-meets-classical Sebastiaan van Bavel and Spanish powerhouse Miguel Rodriguez on piano.
Aside from his own quintet, Beets also works with Saskia Laroo International Band, New York Round Midnight Orchestra and the Sound of Siam Band. Citing Stanley Turrentine and Hank Mobley as two of his prime influences, Beets continues to charm audiences all over the world with a perfect blend of swing and ballads: a prime cocktail of contemporary tenor jazz.
Saskia Laroo Band | Trumpets Around The World |
Saskia Laroo was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades. Born in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today’s music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as “nu jazz” or “swingin’ body-music”–a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that a select few others would dare venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her eight CD albums, a LP and a DVD, journeying us through all the music she has absorbed, played with heart and soul.
Ben van den Dungen Quartet ft. Deborah Carter
Tribute to John Coltrane ft. Deborah Carter
TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE
The Ben van den Dungen Quartet brings a tribute to the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and his music. Coltrane was one of the most influential saxophonists of all time. He gained notoriety during his stint with Miles Davis and his solo projects, hit like a bomb. The album’s “Blue Trane” and ” Giant Steps,’ were surprised both friend and foe, and was designed from the outset to the classics!
In the early sixties Coltrane formed ‘Trane’s quartet, and that changed the wole jazzindustry. An immediate change in the jazz scene of the sixties was the result of it. Modal jazz was born, famous for albums such as ‘Impressions,’ and ‘A Love Supreme’. The Ben van den Dungen Quartet, brings in this swirling ode to a modern-day interpretation of a law as the ‘classics’.