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Just in time for another scorching Thai summer, the annual Koh Samui Jazz Festival ‘Samui Summer Jazz 2022’ is back! From June 7th to 12th, 2022 a lineup of international jazz and World music artists will descend on Koh Samui to provide six nights of soulful music and good vibes.
If you’re looking for an excuse to get out for a week and relax on white sand beaches, this is it! This year’s lineup includes the Saskia Laroo Band, Paul van Kessel, Natalie Schaap, Alexander Beets Quintet and Ben van den Dungen Quartet with vocalist Deborah Carter. So mark the dates in your calendar and head to Koh Samui for some sultry sounds under the sun.
The artists will be performing at some of the island’s leading 5-star resorts and clubs, with each concert featuring performances spread over two sets of 50-minutes. The festival returns to Koh Samui after an eight-year hiatus, so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation with your loved ones in paradise while supporting art.
Samui Summer Jazz 2022 – The Line Up For The 6 Days
Day 1, June 7th: Opening night with New York Round Midnight Orchestra at W Koh Samui
Opening night of the Koh Samui Jazz Festival starts at 8 pm, and excitement builds around the upcoming show. The Round Midnight Orchestra promises to deliver a thrilling evening of jazz that will delight fans of all ages. Whether you are a seasoned jazz aficionado or simply looking for an evening of top-notch entertainment, this performance is sure to be a hit.
Tickets are priced at THB 1,500, including cocktails & canapés, THB 2,100 for 3 hours of free flow of cocktails & canapés, or the VIP ‘Sunken Pod Package’ for THB 5,000 for two people.
Location: W Koh Samui, 4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Thailand, 84330
Day 2, June 8th: Summer Jazz with Paul van Kessel at U Samui
Paul van Kessel started singing in his village’s church choir when he was just eight years old. He would often sing with a funk band nearby with members of all ages and backgrounds. Nowadays, you can find this talented singer across Europe, odizing between small jazz ensembles and large arranged orchestras like those found on movie soundtracks!
The Jazz concert with Paul van Kessel starts at 8 pm at U Samui, located on Bangrak beach. The hotel is running 3-5 night packages with add-ons such as Jazz BBQ Dinner and Beverage package. Tickets range from THB 1,000 to THB 1,500.
Location: U Samui, 86 Moo 4 , Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84320 Thailand
Day 3, June 9th: Summer Jazz night with Saskia Laroo at Seen Beach Club
Saskia Laroo is a trailblazer in the world of music. The American public and press have been hailing her as “Lady Miles of Europe,” not just because she’s one of few women who play brass instruments but also for being such an exciting force on stage.
Saskia Laroo’s music is an exciting blend of modern genres that are otherwise unlikely to be heard together. Her sound, which she calls “nu-jazz” or “swingin’ body music,” has been described as hip hop with swing instrumentation — but there’re also salsa tunes for those who want their feet tapping.
Imagine if your wildest summer fantasies had come true. SEEN Beach Club is a reimagined retro beach club on Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, transporting you back to the 50s vibe. Tickets for the concert are at THB 1,800, which includes 3 hours for tapas and drinks.
Location: Seen Beach Club, Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand
Day 4, June 10th: Summer Jazz night with Deborah Carter ft. Ben van den Dungen Quartet at Sala Chaweng
With over 6,000 performances under his belt and in venues all around the world, Ben van den Dungen is a true champion of music. Likewise, vocalist Deborah J Carter travels extensively through Europe and Asia, sharing her love for all things jazz with audiences everywhere she performs.
Sala Samui is located on Chaweng Beach. The concert here starts at 8 pm, and the tickets are priced at THB 1,450, which includes 1 hour of free-flow drinks and canapés.
Location: Sala Chaweng, 99/10 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Day 5, June 11th: Summer Jazz night with Alexander Beets Quintet & Koh Mr Saxman at Santiburi Koh Samui
Koh ‘Mr Saxman’, the famous saxophone artist from Thailand, has been performing for nearly 20 years. He’s done many recording works for many artists, his own studio albums and with popular bands such as Bird Thongchai Mcintyre.
The jazz world is small, and when the Alexander Beets Quintet name rings anywhere in it, you know that someone will stand up to listen. The tenor powerhouse has garnered international acclaim with his explosive sound over recent years – appearing alongside some of our greatest living musicians as part of their respective lineups.
Day 5 of this Summer Jazz festival will be held at the Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa, a luxury getaway located on the northern coastline of Koh Samui. Enjoy this resort’s poolside retreat or villas with traditional Thai hospitality, facing off towards Koh Phangan. The concert starts at 8 pm, and the tickets are priced at THB 2,500, including Seafood Skewer Night and drink.
Location: Santiburi Koh Samui, 2/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330 Thailand
Day 6, June 12th: Summer Jazz Night Grand Finale featuring Nathalie Schaap & Koh Mr Saxman at Meliá Koh Samui
Koh Mr Saxman and Nathalie’s jazz combo will close out this year’s Summer Jazz Festival with a bang! The talented singer and double bass player has already made quite an impression on her final exam at the Conservatory. Her combination of singing while playing double duty didn’t go unnoticed; she won several prizes, including one from Christina Concours de ‘Vriendenprijs’.
The Grand Finale of the Summer Jazz Festival will be held at Meliá Koh Samui, a luxury beachfront resort along the northeast edge of the island. The resort features luxurious rooms and suites with a good range of amenities. The concert starts at noon, and the tickets are priced at THB 2,500++, including brunch (food only).
Location: Melia Koh Samui, 83 Moo 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand
The Koh Samui Jazz Festival is back and better than ever. This year’s festival will feature six days of soulful music from some of the best international jazz and World music artists. So if you’re looking for a break, check out the Koh Samui Jazz Festival – it’s sure to get your groove on. ◼
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© This article was first published online in May 2022 – World Travel Magazine.