Monday, April 30, 2012

The Boy Katindig Jazz Competition Is On!

Calling jazz enthusiasts who want to be recognized for their music. This is your chance to shine! 

FYI, deadline for submission has been moved to June 15!

Press Release:

The Philippines’ most popular contemporary jazz icon, BOY KATINDIG recently announced a jazz competition in his name -- The Boy Katindig Jazz Competition: a Songwriting and Jazz Band Competition. It is open to Filipinos and other nationalities residing in the Philippines and to any band configuration with at least three members playing jazz in any of these forms: big band, jazz blues (not blues rock), contemporary/smooth, Dixieland,/New Orleans, electronic, funk/groove, fusion, Latin/world, straight-ahead/ mainstream, modern jazz, African, vocal, Brazilian, free improve/avant-garde, classical, R&B/soul.

“We are doing this to encourage creativity, originality & progressiveness in the jazz performing arts,” says Katindig. “We want to discover new artistes who transcend traditional & contemporary ideas. It's time for the renaissance of original Filipino jazz,” he added.

While there is no age limit, an entrant under the age of eighteen (18) should have written parental consent to participate. All members of the group must be unsigned, meaning they shouldn’t have any existing artist management contract, record label contract, or product endorsement contract.

Deadline for submission of entries is May 31, June 15, 2012. Qualifying rounds will be held for the Top 30 from June 4-6. Semi-finals for the Top 9 will be on July 3,10 and 17. The Grand finals for the Top 3 will be on July 28. Visit the official Facebook page for details and contest mechanics.

For application forms, inquiries and other information, contact KoolKat Productions Manila at For media/press partnerships and corporate/organizational sponsorships and marketing tie-ups, contact Cornucopia Entertainment at or 0906.485.1330. For artist/celebrity participation, contact Veda Productions via

Based in the US for 25 years, jazz pianist Boy comes from the famous Katindig clan that pioneered Latin Jazz in the Philippines. His father is the renowned jazz pianist and arranger Romy Katindig.

Boy studied classical piano at 9, continued on to Yamaha School of Music and was eventually mentored by Ernani Cuenco. Boy was the youngest to join the legendary Circus Band. After the release of his first single “Don’t Ask My Neighbor,” he formed the Boy Katindig Band in 1978.

Boy was signed up by A & W Records International under the Horizon label (of the Villars) with his first four best-selling records: “Midnight Lady” in 1978, “Aftermidnight” in 1980, “Love Fusion” in 1981, and “In My Inner Fantasies” in 1982.

He moved to the US in 1984. Then he produced “In Time” (1990) featuring jazz luminaries, among them, Abe Laboriel, Brandon Fields, Russell Freeman, Gerald Albright who played his original compositions. He produced “Journey to Love” in 1993.

In 1995, Hawaii-based Michael Paulo of the Al Jarreau Band discovered him and took him in his label Noteworthy Records. He toured with Pauline Wilson. He produced “Groovin’ High” in 2005 and became the resident tour pianist of smooth jazz artist Paul Taylor. He also performed with Eric MarienthalRegina Belle.

Boy is a recipient of numerous awards, some of which are Best Instrumental Composition for “Midnight Lady” by Himig Awards; Best Jazz and Best Performance in Jazz Composition for “It’s Still September” – both from the Cecil Music Awards Foundation; Best Vocal Jazz Composition and Best Vocal Performance for “Capture the Changes” (sung by Jacqui Magno); and Best Jazz Group for Boy Katindig Band which was granted by the Aliw Awards Foundation for three consecutive years. The most recent would be the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry’s (PARI) 23rd Awit Awards in 2010.

Among the more popular songs which he composed include “Away From You” which was performed by Jennifer Ramos, and “I’ll Always Stay In Love this Way” which was revived by Luke Mejares, Jed Madela, Nina and even Lea Salonga.

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