About WYJF

Our Story

Since 2012, World Youth Festivals Management Sdn Bhd with its own limited capacity, resources and young volunteers, had managed to organise the world’s largest youth-oriented jazz festival:

World Youth Jazz Festival (WYJF)

With it’s tagline:
By The Youth, With The Youth, For The Youth,
BEYOUTHIFUL

Encouraged by these successes, WYJF and its youth community aspire to continue organising the First Weekend in May Annual World Youth Jazz Festival with top names and newcomers in jazz, as well as other jazz-related activities. This includes hosting the International Jazz Day (IJD) Celebrations and related activities held on 30 April Annually since 2012 at Kuala Lumpur’s world-renowned jazz club, No Black Tie.

Based on the brainchild of the Executive Chairman of World Youth Festivals Management Sdn Bhd, a jazz personality, the World Youth Jazz Festival (fondly known as WYJF), took off under his joint initiative with the then Minister of the Ministry of Youth And Sports and The Jazz Community Malaysia (JAZZCOMM) with its first festival held at Dataran Gemilang, Putrajaya, Malaysia in 2012.

It has since become a world class annual free jazz festival held every first weekend in the month of May featuring some of the best young jazz acts globally supported by the jazz elders. Other previous venues include The Karangkraf Ampitheatre (2013), Putrajaya International Convention Centre (2014), Jalan Mesui (2015) and recently, Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur (2016).

WYJF 2015 was compared by jazz aficionados to the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Bourbon Street, widely considered as the birthplace of jazz. We hope to bring this concept to WYJF 2017.

WYJF Alumni

ZUBIRA – DIANA LIU – CATS IN LOVE – TRICIA GARCIA – JUNK – MORNING SMILE – LOKMAN ASLAM – 57KUSTIK – BENJAMIN LOW TRIO – CHAMIL & THE BAND – SIERRA SOETADO – FIELDPLAYERS – SHADU RASJIDI BAND – THE BUSY TRIO – MAFARIKHA & THE WONDERBOYS – OFFROADS – ZAILAN RAZAK – LEKTRON – INDRO HARDJODIKORO – PUGUH KRIBO & THE TRITORIUM – HIRAN BENTON – POOVA – DASHA LOGAN – JOAN JESELTONE BAND – DATO MOKHZANI ISMAIL – RTM JAZZ ORCHESTRA – JEREMY TORDJMAN – DINO FURAMA TRIO – PETER DICKSON – JOHN THOMAS – DYLAN ELISE – NINA VAN HORN – ALTIMET – HEIDI MAK – SHADU RASJIDI BAND – YUICHIRO TOKUDA’S RALLYZIG – COVERED IN JAZZ – PHUNKMOB – DAWN HO – JOEY ALEXENDAR & FRIENDS – MATTHEW SAYERSZ – AZMI HAIRUDIN AGREEMENT – BAIHANA & BOY KATINDIG – JOAN JIM QUARTET – JAZZ AMPANG BIG BAND – YOUNG LADIES OF BLUES, JAZZ, JOGET & ROCK – IDANG RASJIDI’S UNITED KINGDOM OF RHYTHM – FINGERSTYLE – DATO’ MOKHZANI – ATILIA AND SALAMIAH HASSAN – MATTI KLEIN – SHANNON KENNEDY AND U-NAM – IMRAN AIMAN – AMELIA ONG – FUSION STUFF – MELISSA INDOT – ECHOTONES – AZMI HAIRUDIN – BAVARIAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA – JIREH CALO – IRESON – MAZLINA AND THE RED VELVET – SUNNY TRIO AND THE VOX – INDONESIAN YOUTH GENERATION – SKETSA – STARLITE AND FRIENDS – LOKMAN ASLAM – YUKIKO ONISHI WITH ISAO SUZUKI GROUP – CLAUDE DIALLO SITUATION – BENNY LIKUMAHUWA JAZZ CONNECTION – MARGIE SEGERS – 3 CHORDS – TILU – EIZAZ AZHAR AFTERBURNER PROJECT – MAZLINA AND THE RED VELVET – NAJWA – MUNIROS – USHERA – BASSMENT SYNDICATE – RINO DEZA PATI – SWEET NOTES JAZZ BAND – SLEF VISITRA – SYECH RAZIE – TWELF NOTES – 17TH SCENE – EVIE FERNANDEZ – N THE BOYS – FIELDPLAYERS – TICCO LAKSANA – JANARDANA PROJECT – THE FINGERS – JILLY LIKUMAHUWA – MATTHEW SAYERSZ – NADA AKUSTIKA – NICOLE AND CARLO RSDC – HADY AFRO – JUNY