THE JAZZ BROMANCE
Julian Chan & Az Samad
The Jazz Bromance brings together the soulful saxophone stylings of Julian Chan & the tasteful guitar textures of Az Samad. The duo’s repertoire spans Malaysian jazz classics from P. Ramlee to Jimmy Boyle, groovy tunes from The Meters and Chucho Valdés as well as interpretations of pop favorites from Bryan Adams and Justin Bieber!
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Julian Chan has been an active performer in the Malaysian and regional music scene since 2001. He has graduated with a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College in New York, where he studied with jazz greats Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, (the late) Prof. Howard Brofsky and David Berkman.
Julian has performed with both local and international artistes (both jazz and of other styles) such as Michael Veerapen (MY), Jeremy Monteiro (SG), Koh Mr. Saxman (THAI), Laura Fygi, Carmen Bradford (US), James Morrison (AUS), Eugene Pao (HK), Isao Miyoshi (JP), Tony Lakatos (GER), Jonathan Lee 李宗 盛 (Taiwan), Jeff Chang 张信哲 (Taiwan), Sheila Majid (MY), James Flynn (AUS), Anthony Strong (UK), Claude Diallo (Switzerland/NY). He has also shared the stage with many prominent musicians such as Antonio Hart, Randy Brecker, Fritz Renold, Christian Jacobs, Bobby Watson, and Branford Marsalis. Julian has also performed in many festivals including Java Jazz Festival, Macau Jazz Festival, SingJazz International Jazz Festival, ASEAN Jazz Festival (Malaysia), EFG London Jazz Festival, Penang International Jazz Festival.
Malaysian guitar wizard Az Samad has recorded with Grammy Winners Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca; graduated and taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe & Asia; and appeared on 22 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric”.
Az has performed at the top jazz venues in Kuala Lumpur including No Black Tie, Bobo KL, and Alexis Bistro. In addition to regular club performances, Az has performed at Penang Island Jazz Festival, Borneo Jazz Festival, Publika Jazz Festival and Mont Kiara Jazz Festival. His international performances include Hong Kong International Jazz Festival (Hong Kong), Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea), Amazing Guitars 2016 Series at the Hong Kong Fringe Club (Hong Kong), La Vida (Shanghai), Taipa Houses Museum (Macau), Thailand International Jazz Conference (Thailand), Philippines International Jazz Festival (Philippines), Mosaic Music Festival (Singapore), Santa Cruz Jazz Festival (USA), and San Jose Jazz Festival (USA). In addition to his jazz concerts, he also performs with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Pops Concerts.
An active jazz educator, Az has written 5 books on jazz guitar, a jazz guitar instructional video and 3 jazz guitar lesson packs. His first book, Jazz Improvisation Uncovered received critical acclaim from jazz guitarist Julian Lage and Berklee professor Abigail Zocher.
Edgy sounds, exciting conversations, eclectic melodies from Kuala Lumpur’s jazz duo, The Jazz Bromance makes their No Black Tie debut on November 2, 2019.