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Some questioned whether a covers band doing faithful versions of James Brown, Otis Redding and Prince numbers should be closing an international jazz festival but the PIJF director Augustin has, to his credit, always put great store in acknowledging the historical music-makers of Penang and Malaysia. When all's said and done, the crowd's enthusiastic response was the only seal of approval that either Augustin or Ray Rozells needed.
Another PIJF came to an end with the traditional jam session in the Bayview Beach Resort's cellar bar. With many of the musicians sitting in and everybody in the mood to party, the festivities ran well into the wee hours the following morning.
With 2015 designated Visit Penang Year, the Malaysian government will be showcasing the city's multiple festivals that run every month throughout the year. The state and local authorities could do the people of Penangand the tourists alikea great favor if they increased their efforts to advertise the colorful Penang Island Jazz FestivalMalaysia's flagship music festival.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael Lee/Penang Island Jazz Festival