The band of the night at the Phuket Jazz and Blues Festival in Deecember 2022 just had to be Klaus Zimmermann’s Jazz-Roxxx. I’ve watched their first performances at the Coconut Rawai’s open mic nights, but this one confirmed my early opinion of them as Phuket’s most exciting new and upcoming band.

Klaus, Phuket’s answer to Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, played guitar, sometimes melodic, sometimes snarling, but always stunning. Not only that, he was backed up by two other first-rate soloists with Tom Nunan on sax and Ramil Media-Raw on keyboard. With rock solid bass and energetic drumming provided by Ukrainians Andrew Emilianov and Max Malyshev, this band could not fail to make an incendiary first major performance.

See them soon at Coconut Rawai’s fortnightly Friday open mic nights!

Andy Tong Dee