Bandung city’s renowned “The Art of Jazz” was having its special occurrence on May 24th, 2023. They were having Mr. Rio Sidik, the global international trumpeter who has traveled around the world and performed on various jazz scenes in Australia, Africa, Finland, Russia and the United States. It’s no wonder his well established craftsmanship has brought an endless riveting trumpet tones throughout the musical event. At the time, a solid team of Kanggep Kusuma & Friends that consisted of Kanggep Kusuma (guitar), Henky (drums), Buntoro (keyboard), Leo (bass), Mamay Sumantri (vocals) and the trumpeter himself has carried on an amazing beautiful jazz music. The enthusiasm into this occasion was pictured by a full-booked venue which has been occupied by the foreign tourists to jazz-lover youngsters.
Firstly, they presented an instrumental song by the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker entitled Billies Bounce. It was sung by a composition that implies a lot of improvisation which caught attention of the visitors. In fact, Rio Sidik always played a piece of improvisation in every song he performed and then he launched notes that really amazed the audience. In particular, Kanggep Kusuma on electric guitar and Buntoro Nugroho on piano complemented Rio’s appearance by playing the rhythm section and also improvising with him. Jazz vibe has been deeply felt when the musicians presented trading fours with an improvised responses, to the extent that it was more exciting for the musicians itself who ultimately made its jazz music performance to be warm and communicative. Here is the set list of jazz standards that were performed: “Days Wine & Roses”, “Little Sun Flower”, “Summer Time”, “You are The Sunshine of My Life”, “Masquerade”, “Spain”, “So Danco Samba”, “Fell like Making Love”, “On The Sunny Side of The Street”, “What a Wonderful World” and “On Broadway”. It was seen at front table near the stage, several young people’s carrying saxophones and trumpets. They seemed to be listening intentionally and keep preparing their musical instrument, which lately join the jam session and improvise in this musical performance at City Terrace Bar de Braga by ARTOTEL Bandung.
Finally, “Cantaloupe Island” was played, and these young peoples joined in to perform by continually substituting to improvise among them, this phenomenon had clearly made the atmosphere to be more intimate and lively, as it visibly shows the audience to be involved in the musical situation
In one of his appearances, Rio Sidik sang “Wonderful World” with his distinctive voice, which it was accompanied by an improvisation on his trumpet that made the audience giving him their standing ovation. “The Art of Jazz” is held regularly every Wednesday night. It is an for visitors who loves jazz.