THE JULIAN CHAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA (JCJO)
The Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra (JCJO) is a newly formed jazz big band based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, created and led by saxophonist Julian Chan. The JCJO made their debut performance on 6 September 2018 at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC).
Even as a young big band, The Orchestra has performed in several festivals in Malaysia such as the 2019 and 2020 Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival (which also featured one of Malaysia’s veteran vocal artist - Zainal Abidin), the Kuala Lumpur edition of the 2019 International Jazz Day concert in SOULed OUT Sri Hartamas. In July 2019, the Orchestra also performed at the Borneo Jazz Festival, featuring guest vocalists Jasmine Chen (of Crazy Rich Asians fame), and Italian saxophonist Diego Borotti.
Formed in March 2018, JCJO was formed with the purpose of developing a platform for musicians within the Klang Valley to play in a large jazz ensemble and big band setting. In their debut performance at DPAC, the orchestra featured both upcoming young musicians as as well as some of Malaysia’s most established musicians. The orchestra perform works ranging from jazz classics (such as Count Basie Big Band & Duke Ellington Orchestra) to the modern jazz compositions and arrangements by contemporary composers and arrangers such as Michael Mossman, Michael Veerapen, Jason Marshall, and several others.