5th Jazzkara 2016 in Bacolod City

There’s so many events to look forward to in October, if you’re a pure blooded Ilonggo then this month is the highlight of your citizenship in this city. Mall shows, Art exhibit, Food fest and Music showdown are just some of the events that are in my calendar, and this Masskara season if you missed the annual Jazzkara event, here’s a scoop of that night full of Jazzers.

In line with celebrating the world-renowned Masskara Festival, the city also celebrates the annual Jazz Music Fest, JAZZKARA. Initiated by our homegrown Jazz Keyboardist “Michael John Tambasen”, if the name rings a bell then you are one with me, this guy made a name in Bacolod-Jazz scene and is one of the sphere heads in promoting local Jazz artist in the metro.

Photo Courtesy of Home Made Studio

Photo Courtesy of Home Made Studio

As a music teacher in West Negros University, Sir Michael may have the habit to do away with the traditional way of music teaching and explored the possibility of unlocking each students maximum potential with their skills in music in his own artistic way. In due time he has transformed the university’s Marching Band into a “small-semi-jazz-band” and passionately teaching the students to play various jazz styles of music, from standard to fusion. With having this idea in mind, this passion birthed into the music fest called “JAZZKARA


As I sat there, 3rd row, 4th column of SMX Convention Center Bacolod, last OCTOBER 8, 2016, I am confident to say that JAZZKARA has come a long way. And now on its 5th leg and the lineup of local bands that showcased their passion for music was just too heart-pounding that if it was your first time to attend you have never thought that Bacolod City is blessed to have great musicians that we thought we can only find in other city or countries.

Jazz Bands who performed are as follow:

Photo credits : Mr. Claudio M Hojilla

The Westboaders led by Michael Tambasen on keyboards, Gelo Oro on guitar, Christian Samillano on bass and Rey Navarra on drums.

Photo Courtesy of Nhoy C. Delamar

Photo Courtesy of Nhoy C. Delamar

The Projects; Van Lucenara on keyboards, Tim Delarama on Vocals, Patrick Puey on bass, Gaby Hagad on guitar and Wayne Faisan on drums.


MikeTambasenProject; Michael Tambasen on Keyboards Louie Claur on bass and Jaysie Alcantara on drums.


5th Degree; Peter Vinco on guitar, Anthony Gallo on Bass, Stephen Gegonia on Keys, And Keith Cepada on Drums.


Solo performers:

Jhem Serran on violin



Seanne Yared on alto saxophone

Photo courtesy of Abby Mae Bañez

Photo courtesy of Abby Mae Bañez


The Projects, With Seanne Yared and Christian Bayoneta

Gardo Gallespen on alto saxophone


Nathaniel Castillo on drums


Kelly Gustilo on jazz vocals



Big Thanks to the following major sponsors for helping Sir Michael and the rest of the team making 5th Jazzkara happen, all the best to you guys! 


If you missed the 5th Jazzkara, let me tell you something, word of mouth is that another Jazz Music event will be held this coming December 2016, now I don’t wanna go ahead leaking stories here, but we are definitely up for a Christmas treat this December.


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