All that Jazz: JGTC Reminiscing Decades of Jazz

“If you get the basics right, you can freshen things up. You don’t want to just regurgitate the past, but we gotta stay true to our historic selves,” said Earth, Wind and Fire’s current frontman Philip Bailey in an interview with Telegraph. Bailey was talking about their music, and how they find their roots with Maurice, the long-time leader of the group.

Colored by civil movements, African-American culture, and 80’s disco/deep-house blast, jazz have extrapolated their identity from a musical genre to what’s defining the society. In their 40th year, Jazz Goes to Campus celebrated the history of jazz with wide range of prominent jazzbugs from time to time, along with the establishment of JGTC Museum by Wardah.

The Student Executives’ of Faculty of Economic and Business Universitas Indonesia brought back one of their legendary JGTC alumni Fariz Rustam Munaf, American funk-jazz assemble Al McKay’s Earth, Wind, and Fire Experience, and early 2000s cult group The Groove. Younger jazzers who join the veteran line include Gerald Situmorang Dimensions, Danilla, Rendy Pandugo, and many others. The whole line-up made up the diversification of jazz that can be enjoyed by open masses.

Other than enjoying jazz sessions from total of 30 local and foreign musicians, thousands of audience also witnessed the milestones of jazz in the museum, the awarding of JGTC Choice Awards, and the performance of auditioned artists from JGTC Competition.

Despite the rain, the event that took place on November 26 2017 successfully got the audiences dancing to the everlasting rhythm of jazz all night long.

 

Text LARASATI OETOMO

Photos FEBI RAMDHAN

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