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Gina Panizales

Music and singing has always been a part of her for as long as she can remember. Gina was exposed to all kinds of music at a tender age and was active in choirs, solo performances and drama/musical theater productions in school. Although she has a degree in business, she chose her passion and started doing Top 40’s and popular songs to earn a living but was listening to Jazz, blues, gospel and broadway music during her spare time. She believes that the key to a successful singer is the ability to listen to others and to yourself. Her performance has taken her to many parts of Asia while based in Kuala Lumpur, and has traveled to South America, Australia, Europe and the US

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Azmi Hairudin

One of the most diverse, in demand sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Azmi Hairudin finds pure joy at the heart of his increasingly fast-paced touring schedule by reminding himself, every time he gets on stage, that he’s there to do one thing: Play! Azmi first expressed his interest in music on the drums, switching to saxophone in Jr. High School when he was "impressed" with the shininess of the sax. Azmi began playing local functions and clubs while still in high school. Having built a steady following as a sideman in some of KL’s top jazz clubs, 1990 saw Azmi stepping out in faith and starting his own band

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Penang House Of Music: Shining Light On Penang's Jazz/Indigenous Music Heritage

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In the heart of downtown Georgetown, Penang, on the top floor of KOMTAR, a typically bustling Malaysian shopping mall, an oasis of calm can be found in Penang House of Music. Calm, but stimulating too, for PHOM is a museum-cum archive celebrating Penang's rich and varied musical heritage, including the island's long-standing, ever-evolving relationship with jazz. ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

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12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues jny: Penang, Malaysia December 1-4, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

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Just For The Love of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s

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Just For The Love Of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s Paul Augustin & James Lochhead 222 Pages ISBN: 978-967-0630-64-9 Strategic Information and Research Development Centre 2015 The story of popular music in Penang--the Malaysian island by the Straits of Malacca--from the 1930s to the 1960s is--as co-authors ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

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Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort Malaysia December 4-7, 2014 It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin, business partner Chin Choo Yeun and their ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Richard Bona Headlines Penang Island Jazz Festival, December 4-7, 2014

Richard Bona Headlines Penang Island Jazz Festival, December 4-7, 2014

The Penang Island Jazz Festival embarks on it second decade from the December, 4-7 2014. The first ten years have cemented the PIJF’s standing as one of the very best music festivals in Asia and the 11th edition at the Bayview Beach Resort is set to carry on that tradition with an eclectic and exciting line-up ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Penang Island Jazz Festival Celebrates 10 Years With Great Line-up

Penang Island Jazz Festival Celebrates 10 Years With Great Line-up

It’s celebration time for the Penang Island Jazz Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary from December 5-8 with an exciting line-up of local and international jazz acts. There’s a little of something for just about everyone at The Bayview Beach Resort Gardens in Batu Ferringhi – home to the PIJF since its first edition back ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map

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Most jazz festival directors would agree that survival is the name of the game in the first years. Unless a festival has the financial backing of a major sponsor it can be a knife edge existence attempting to rustle up private sponsorship and the kind of good will that is required in abundance to meet the ...


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