Welcome to Kul Jazz

The Autonomous Region performs both classic standards and modern arrangements of jazz favorites. Led by vocalist Caroline Cabading, this tradition-rooted ensemble also presents original compositions that fuse jazz with kulintang, a pre-colonial music of the Philippines.  

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Presenting Kul Jazz

Hot off the editing machine is this slideshow honoring the 1977 International Hotel Anti-Eviction Struggle that features new song selections, including in order of appearance: a traditional kulintang song, "Kasulampid", our first Kul Jazz tune, "The Birth of Kul", and Boy Palacio's arrangement for us of "Afro Blue".
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Staying Awake and Protecting Sown Seeds

So much has happened to the Autonomous crew in just a week's time!   

We've gone from spontaneous hula at Leap Year baby Raymond's "11th" birthday party at the I-Hotel on February 27th . . . to musically celebrating African-American vitners at the Urban Vines wine tasting in Oakland the very next day . . . to dodging Moss Beach Distillery's "The Blue Lady" ghost at Lisa & Mark Melnick's birthday party on Wednesday . . . to Caroline coming back full circle to the I-Hotel the following Saturday to…

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The Manilatown Jazz Scene

Our first performance of 2016 (January 31st)  was also the first  Club Mandalay PopUp jazz club of the year at the I-Hotel Center - and boy did we start the year off great with a packed house of familiar and new faces, new community connections and the honor of sharing the stage with seasoned professionals.
As the house band of Club Mandalay we warmed up the crowd with our first Kul Jazz composition, "The Birth of Kul" and continued with a set that included some brand new arrangements.  We were really…Read more