Performers 2008

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Habana Sax [from Cuba] *

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Back by popular demand, this 5-piece band from Cuba marks their second year at the Miri International Jazz Festival. Led by Jorge Almeida, Habana Sax plays Latino jazz spiced up with sexy Cuban rhythms. They were among the eight bands featured at MIJF 2007. All the members of Habana Sax are multi-instrumentalists who graduated from the prestigious Superior Institute of Art and Culture of Cuba. Watching them swap instruments midway through a number certainly adds visual excitement to their music.

Charmaine Clamor [from Philippines] *

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Charmaine Clamor is the first Filipina jazz singer to break through on American radio with her debut album entitled “Searching for the Soul” (released 2005).
She has been compared to jazz greats like Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughan and Cassandra Wilson. Her powerful and sultry alto voice will put the crowd under her spell – and she has the looks to match her vocal appeal! Coming from a musically talented family, Charmaine began singing at the tender age of three. Back then, her “stage” was the bus that took her from her hometown of Subic-Zambales to Manila. Her experience entertaining fellow bus passengers – and their enthusiastic response – laid the foundation for a scintillating career in show business.

Rumba Calzada [from Canada] *

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Salsa aficionados, get ready to groove to the irresistible sounds of Rumba Calzada. This 7-piece Vancouver-based band plays mostly original jazz numbers laced with Latin, Salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Led by Raphael Geronimo from the Philippines, Rumba Calzada was formed in 1991 by Raphael’s father Boying. A hot favourite with Vancouver’s Latino jazz and Salsa enthusiasts, Rumba Calzada has been nominated for various music awards in Canada and released their fourth album in June 2007.

Mood Indigo [from UK] *


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Featuring smooth and refreshingly innovative vocal stylings by frontman Will Grealish, Mood Indigo from the UK plays a wide jazz repertoire including blues and swing. With a hit album (“God Bless the Child”) to their name, Mood Indigo is all out to entice festival-goers to swing, swoon, boogie, jump and glide to their non-stop party beat.

Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies [from Australia]


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All the way from Perth, Australia, Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies bring you Chicago-style blues jazz with an uplifting, soulful groove. With two albums to their credit, this lively 4-piece band has a huge fan base in and around Perth. Guaranteed to get you on your feet with a big smile on your face.

Borneo Jazz Quartet [from Sarawak]

Sarawak’s very own Borneo Jazz Quartet is a young and talented 4-piece combo that plays jazzy tunes infused with a funky Latin beat. Apart from popular jazz standards, the Borneo Jazz Quartet will be showcasing for the first time a few original compositions at MIJF 2008.

AMAR SUNDY [from Algeria] *

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A brilliant self-taught guitarist, Amar Sundy presents a Chicago blues repertoire laced with the exotic rhythms of his Saharan Tuareg lineage. Apart from being an accomplished songwriter with four albums to his credit, Amar has performed alongside big names in blues like B.B. King, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Rush, James Cotton and Albert Collins.

OMA SOUND [from Japan] *


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From the Land of the Rising Sun, Oma Sound offers the unique experience of progressive Japanese jazz at its best. Leading this 5-piece band is 75-year-old bassist Isao Suzuki, who has wowed audiences around the world for more than 50 years. A renowned jazz bassist, Suzuki actively promotes jazz appreciation in Japan and devotes much of his time to grooming up-and-coming local talents for the world stage.

T’INVENTIELKE [from Holland] *

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This 16-piece street band from the Netherlands will be performing around the festival grounds to add even more festivity and pizzazz to the festival. Playing original, modern, pop-classic and alternative jazz bebop, T’Inventielke also has a few well-choreographed dance movements up their sleeves.



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