Enjoy some great music at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival this
Some of the world’s most skilled musicians will be in Hua Hin June 18-20,
when the 9th Annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival sounds off from the home of His
Majesty the King, a deft composer and instrumentalist in his own right.
The three-day event, which drew more than 35,000 fans to
Hua Hin’s shores last summer, is expected to be another “who’s who” of jazz
artists. Past performers include acclaimed British jazz-funk group Shakatak
and Motown’s Kenny Garrett, whose solo career took off after stints with
Miles Davis’ band and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
“If any destination in Thailand evokes the spirit of jazz,
it’s Hua Hin,” said Mikael Svensson, general manager of the Hyatt Regency
Hua Hin. “Measured, sophisticated and universally appealing, jazz and Hua
Hin speak to all comers.”
Cavalcades of budding and established Thai acts routinely
make the three-hour trek from Bangkok, too. “When it comes to music
festivals in Thailand, this is the one everyone thinks of first,” said
Pinnat Charoenphol, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Prachuab
Khirikhan. “It just gets bigger every year.”
Hua Hin has been associated with the country’s jazz
community since the 1950s, when musicians from all over began migrating to
the resort region on word that it was the place for such enthusiasts to be.
Inspired by half a century of tradition, as well as by
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Hua Hin’s most noble resident and a
nimble saxophonist himself - organizers in 2001 launched the Hua Hin Jazz
Festival, a celebration of the genre’s finest work.
As in past years, performances will take place in the
evenings at Phonkingphet Public Park and on a spacious stretch of Hua Hin
Beach next to Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the area’s tallest hotel.
For more information about the Hua Hin Jazz Festival,
lodging options and area activities, visit www.itsinhuahin.com. (PR