Jazz Enthusiasts and Musicians gathered for Jazz in Paradise in celebration of International Jazz Day 2022


Jazz Enthusiasts and Musicians gathered for Jazz in Paradise in celebration of International Jazz Day 2022
Participants for Jazz in Paradise in celebration of International Jazz Day (April 30, 2022) at Kusinata, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Philippines


About International Jazz Day

Each April 30 of the year, International Jazz Day is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; fostering gender equality; and promoting freedom of expression.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.


Gabria Jazz Band Iloilo
Featured: Hailing from Iloilo, Gabria is comprised of various experienced local and international musicians. From award winning television competitive programs to international tours and music chart accolades. Gabria’s musicians collectively has the musical depth needed to produce and entertain guest in most musical genres. Be it jazz standards, classic rock and roll, contemporary songs, pop, r&b or originals. In every song you will feel the soul and see the uniqueness of each member in Gabria. It is the perfect blend of entertainment for all.



International Jazz Day enjoins communities together, schools, historians, academics, artists, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact. It raises awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.



Gabria at Kusinata, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Highlight of the Show: Jam Session of various musicians from Western Visayas


Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. This year, Jazz in Paradise in KUSINATA is 1 of 2 registered participants to the global concert & celebration.

The event was called "Jazz in Paradise" – a mini jazz beneficiary concert supporting the Ata indigenous people (IP) of Don Salvador Benedicto, gathering all veteran musicians and jazz enthusiasts from Western Visayas. 


Jazz in Paradise Venue

KUSINATA is a three year old social-enterprise spearheaded by the Gerry and Lucille Grey and family and their drive to create a pro-sustainability experience that has been enticing patrons to go back to nature, enjoy the local cuisine and take part in their multi-faceted advocacy, all geared in helping the Ata tribe.


Gabria at Kusinata, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Kusinata, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Some significant people seen were violinist David Strong, keyboardist Femy Garay and award-winning guitarist Angelo Leyva. Joined by GABRIA—Iloilo's premier jazz group with saxophonist Paul Chatman with Lead vocalist Kristina Madrigal.

One of Bacolod's top Jazz Band, Nancy Brew spiced the event even more, followed by an International Jazz Day Jam with featured band and guests: including Luis Jurilla, Myka Pahilanga, Rolf Baynosa, Chef Jay Grey, Jaime Bonnin, Oying OsmeƱa, Gerry Grey and more... and more jazz with DJ Kiko Ramos and guest percussionist. 

The event was by donor invitation only for the benefit of the Ata Tribe Indigenous People's Medical Fund.


Gabria at Kusinata, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Kusinata owners has been supporting the Ata Tribe Indigenous People since the last 10 years and has extended their help by creating more jobs for some of them. Kusinata's team is composed of Ata cooks, servers and well-trained chef mentors. Kusinata is a socio-enterprise and a pro-environment business establishment.




The whole experience during the event was amazing because of the camaraderie of the community.  The event indeed promotes peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; fostering gender equality; and promoting freedom of expression.



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