ROZELLS Country & Western Oldies Pub reverberated when a 10-piece
band gave a noteworthy performance at the popular nightspot in
Batu Ferringhi, Penang, recently.
The Jeep Latino Jazz Band
entertained the crowd with its repertoire of contemporary jazz
hits and instrumental pieces. Among the popular numbers belted out
were My Way, Oye Como Va, You’re My Everything and Save
The Last Dance For Me.
Band leader Razif Mohd captivated
the audience with his rendition of Careless Whisper as he
played the piano and later took a spin around the stage with his
Michelle Augustin, who played the pocket trumpet, rendered two
soothing numbers –
Bewitched and Smooth Operator. The crowd favourite,
however, was the band’s instrumental version of Sheila Majid’s
Sinaran, which was re-arranged to give it a fresh beat. Razif, or
better known as Jeep, who is a music lecturer at Universiti Sains
Malaysia (USM), said five of the band members were USM undergraduates while four others were teachers.
eight-year old band was originally known as Jeep Jazz Trio comprising Zaki Ani on electric bass, Jasmi Budin @ Amy on drums
with me on piano and vocal. “Since 2002, we grew bigger to
include the horn section with Santana Low on flute and tenor sax,
Anis on alto sax, Ling Cheng
on trumpet, Cheng Ling on trombone, Alice on bass trombone, Stan
Calvin on percussion and Michelle on pocket trumpet,” he said.
Razif said he taught music to over 100 students in the last eight
years, noting that among them was Malaysian Idol 2 Daniel Lee.
“Jazz has been my passion and oddly, the students in my band are
actually those from different faculties. It is their common interest
in jazz that drew them to the band,” he said. He said he hoped to
share his knowledge and love for jazz with more youngsters, adding
that not many had the opportunity to play jazz music.
James Rozells said that to help expose the talents of local bands,
he had dedicated every first Sunday of the month for them to jam
at his pub. “Many good local bands lack the opportunity to shine
as most hotels often engage Filipino ones.
“Several foreign hotel guests have remarked that they wished to
listen to local bands whenever they visit Penang,” he said.