Thu 24th Aug, 2017
Swing Jazz Ft. Dian Pratiwi
Born in Jakarta, Dian Pratiwi started to sing in the Primary School´s choir as a lead singer at the age of 13. After listening to Sarah Vaughn´s Misty for the first time, she immediately fell in love with Jazz. The other great female singers who had influenced her singing were Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Randy Crawford, Betty Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Aretha Franklin & Chaka Khan.
In 1979, she began her professional singing career when she met two well known Jazz guitarists from Indonesia Yopie Item and Ireng Maulana who discovered her singing talent and performed with them in several Jazz Clubs and International Hotels in Jakarta.
In 1983 she moved to the Paradise Island Bali and continued singing with the local musicians there. She had won a prize in a singing competition hosted by Radio & Television Bali in 1984.
Her International singing career began in 1987 when she went to Perth, Australia and performed together with Dirk Plummer Big Band.
In 1989 she went to Holland and studied Jazz at the Hilversum Conservatorium and taught by Edwin Rutten, Deborah Brown & Greetje Kaufeld. She won the "Golden Tulip Award" in Leiden.
During her stay in Holland she joined the "North Sea Jazz Festival" together with Edwin Rutten Quartet in DenHaag. Performances all over Holland followed with my her own band "State of mind" and "Picture This" as well as other professional musicians like Bernard Berkhout & The Swingmates, Bob Richter, Karel Boele, Martjin Van Iterson and Tony Eyck.