Swing into action at Samui jazz fest

Paul van Kessel. (Photo: Nico Brons)

After an eight-year hiatus, Koh Samui will bring back its popular annual jazz festival featuring a superb line-up of leading local and international jazz artists, from June 7-12.

Titled "Samui Summer Jazz 2022", the new festival presents six separate performances by artists from the Netherlands, US and Thailand, at six of the island's leading 5-star resorts and clubs.

Concerts will each feature two 50-minute sets and the hosting resort or club will provide drinks and canapes, or a buffet lunch or dinner, as a package for ticket holders. Hotel-stay packages will also be available.

The week-long delight will kick-off with the opening night featuring the New York Round Midnight Orchestra at W Koh Samui, on June 7. Comprising musicians from the cream of the Dutch jazz scene, the swinging jazz big band will take everyone back to jazz's heyday. Tickets cost 1,500 baht including drinks and canapes.

Ben van den Dungen. (Photos courtesy of SKAL International Koh Samui)

The other five shows include

-  "Paul Van Kessel In Concert" at U Samui on June 8, with tickets priced at 1,000 baht for drinks and canapes and 1,500 baht for dinner and drinks;

-  "Jazz Meets Hip-Hop" by Saskia Laroo Band, at Seen Beach Club Samui on June 9, with tickets priced at 1,800 baht including drinks and canapes;

-  "Deborah Carter With The Ben Van Den Dungen Quartet", at Sala Samui Chaweng Beach on June 10, with tickets priced at 1,450 baht including drinks and canapes;

-  "Alexander Beets Quintet Featuring Koh Mr Saxman", at Santiburi Koh Samui on June 11, with tickets priced at 2,500 baht including drinks and buffet; and

-  "Summer Jam With Nathalie Schaap & Koh Mr Saxman" at Melia Koh Samui, on June 12, with tickets priced at 2,990 baht including brunch.

Doors will open at 6.30pm on all shows except the grand finale on June 12 which will open at noon.

The festival is part of the SKÅL International Thailand's #ReDiscoverSamui promotional initiative to support the return of tourism to the island. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the SOS [Sisters on Samui] foundation.

Visit samuisummerjazz.com.

Deborah Carter. (Photo: Julio Sanchez)

Nathalie Schaap. (Photo: SKAL International Koh Samui)

Saskia Laroo. (Photo: Mike van den Toorn)

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