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…Read more

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…

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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…Read more

Previous events

The Autonomous Region @ Club Mandalay

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International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Welcome to Club Mandalay, where the music is live and the community is gathering!

Get ready to smile, dance and enjoy an unforgettable experience at the International Hotel Manilatown Center. This in-person event will bring together jazz and latin music lovers and community enthusiasts from all around the Bay Area. With a vibrant atmosphere and a lineup of talented musicians Club Mandalay promises to keep you grooving all afternoon. Don't miss out on this incredible afternoon of music, friends, and good vibes in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown-North Beach district!

This month house band, the Manilatown Jazz Ensemble (AKA The Autonomous Region), will start the show with Caroline Cabading on Vocals, Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on Guitar, Harold Ohashi on Drums, Vincent Khoe on piano, and Special Guest Soloist Melecio Magdaluyo!

For more information about Club Mandalay, the Manilatown Jazz Ensemble or the Manilatown Heritage Foundation please contact mhf@manilatown.org

FREE with Donations Appreciated

United States of Asian America Festival

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Japantown Peace Plaza, Post Street & Buchanan Street, San Francisco

Autonomous will be premiering an excerpt of its new suite of original compositions, "Sugilanon" as part of the United States of Asian America Festival taking place at San Francisco's Japantown Peace Plaza. Our set starts at 12Noon but this will be a wonderful festival of performance artists that will continue to present until 4pm. Please stay for the whole showing if you can. I'ts FREE and family-friendly. More Info: https://www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf_2022_calendar

Neon was Never Brighter

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Chinatown, 800n Grant Avenue, San Francisco

Autonomous will be activating San Francisco's Chinatown as part of an afternoon and evening offering visual, media and performing artists. We will be launching the day's activities with an outdoor 3-4pm jazz set on the 800 block of Grant Avenue and then coming back to help round out the day's events with a 7-8pm set. More Info: https://www.neonwasneverbrighter.org/

Autonomous at Lion's Den Lounge

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Lion's Den Bar and Lounge, 57 Wentworth Place, San Francisco

Looking for that perfect "date night" swanky venue where you can order cocktails and appetizers while listening to Jazz Standards or dancing to R&B Covers? Then Lion's Den is the place for you and Autonomous is the band for you. We'll warm up the evening with some cool jazz and gradually bring in the your R&B dance favorites. We'll be here all night - so come on by when you can. No cover, but if you would like to reserve a table, please visit the website at: www.lionsdenbarandlounge.com