YOUNG PENANG MUSICIANS

 

Young Penang Musicians 
"Talented, Vibrant And Exciting"
 Penang's new breed of stars that carry
the hope for the future and ensure continuity
of it's proud and rich music heritage !!
  

The Music Of Penang  -  The Next Generation !!                         Young Penang Musicians !!                         The Pride Of Penang !!                                            Aaron Teoh                 Matthew Teoh                 Jordan Scully                 Goh Ee Teng                Jonathan James Scully                 Darrin James Rozells                 Christopher (Rodrigues) Estrop                 Randall Westwood                  James Baum                Kelvyn Yeang                 Lenny Quah                 Adrienne & Ray Cheong                 Clair Rozells                 Simon Christopher                 Joni Tham                 Rina Vincent




 


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Penang which has always boasted a long list of music greats from the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Jimmy Boyle, Joe Rozells and David Ng, to music legends Ooi Eow Jin and Dato' Ahmad Merican, local songbird Kathleen Rodrigues, to international celebrities Fred Cheah and Dennis Lee and to the new breed of local stars like Leonard Tan and the Alley Cats ..... has hope. Hope in the talented, vibrant, exciting and young music talents of Penang which will tomorrow, surely be, the pride of Penang and a part of its proud and rich musical heritage.

Let us introduce ..... the next generation of great Penang musicians
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Aaron Teoh  -  Age: 14     Saxophone









Matthew Teoh  -  Age: 12     Bass Guitar
   

   







Jordan Scully  -  Age: 11     Drums

  






 

Goh Ee Teng  -  Age: 14     Keyboards








Young Penang Jazz Quartet

 


    
Jonathan James Scully  -  Age: 19     Drums
 

Talented young Jonathan Scully is the nephew of Penang jazz saxophonist, bass guitarist & drummer William Scully. Another young Penang musician in a long line of heritage Penang Eurasian musicians, Jonathan who started playing the drums at age 6, excels at his instrument. This highly talented young man will surely make his mark in Penang and in the Malaysian music circle.
  
Darrin James Rozells  -  Age: 21     Lead Guitar

 

Young and talented Darrin James, the son of James Rozells, started playing the guitar at age 10, and by the time he was 12, was already proficient playing the old Shadows hits as well as hits from the Eagles.  Darrin also plays the bass guitar. With his band AMPM they won the "Yamaha Asian Beat" competition 2004 Northern Region finals and represented Penang in the finals in Kuala Lumpur.

Joni Tham  -  Age: 21     Vocals & Guitar
 

Joni Tham started playing and singing since she was 5 years old. She plays the acoustic guitar and has been blessed with an exceptionally good voice. Presently working in Penang, she’s got the dream, the drive and the talent to be highly successful in the music industry .....  
if
opportunity exists !! 



Lenny Quah  -  Age 22     Vocals
(Elvis Impersonator)








Simon Christopher  -  Age: 23    
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards & Drums
  
Simon Christopher, versatile musician who plays the keyboards, drums and guitar, the latter being his favourite instrument. Simon a very talented singer who does good renditions of The Eagles and Michael Buble looks forward to a career in music. Simon started playing music at age 10.


Christopher Estrop   -  Age: 24     Keyboards, Guitar & Vocals

 

Versatile, hardworking and talented Christopher (Rodrigues) Estrop is the grandson of top Malaysian jazz guitarist Larry Rodrigues (
Uncle Larry ) and son of legendary Penang songbird Kathleen Rodrigues. Chris who plays keyboards, guitar and sings embarked on his  music career at age 18.  A key member of band AMPM, they represented Penang at the "Yamaha Asian Beat" competition finals in KL in 2004.
 
Kelvyn Yeang  -  Age: 24     Lead Guitar
  
Highly gifted and extremely talented Kelvyn is definitely one of Penang's most promising young guitarists. This young man's skills on the guitar without doubt makes him one of Penang's brightest young stars to grace the music scene.



Rina Vincent  -  Age: 26
     Vocals

 

Daughter of Antonio Vincent, lead singer of famed 60's band The Sweet September, Rina is another one of the fine young singers carrying on their parents fine music tradition in  Penang.





Clair Rozells  -  Age: 28     Vocals
 

Probably the most promising Eurasian hope for the future. Clair, daughter of James Rozells started her singing career in 1999 at the Flying Club, Sheraton Hotel Penang with Ronny of the famed Sweet September. Experienced a short stint with a 7-piece show band in East Malaysia before returning to K.L. where she sang with Richard Hoon for functions. Back in Penang for a while Clair sang with Freddie Chin  at the Flying Club and in various private clubs. Highly talented and much sought after in Kuala Lumpur, Clair Rozells carries the hope and future of the rich Eurasian music heritage of Penang.
 

In concluding this paper, may I suggest to members of the public,
the corporate sector and concerned music enthusiasts to make a concerted effort and support the young musicians and singers in Penang through their music, music support programmes, music shows and concerts which will help encourage young musicians to take on music as a professional career.

 

In addition, the press, so important in creating awareness and promoting our young talent will always play a vital role in the promotion and development of Penang music and eventually the future of these young music talents.

 

To the young Eurasians, for example Christopher (Rodrigues) Estrop, Darrin James Rozells, James Baum, Jordan & Jonathan Scully,  the descendants of the great musicians, the very young and talented Matthew & Aaron Teoh, Kelvyn Yeang and the many more young Penang talents who are embarking on their music careers now, we urge you to take advantage of your natural talent acquired from your family heritage, the rich and proud Penang music history and the encouragement from your parents, family and friends and partake in your personal musical growth and development, and not only in current music trends but also in the good ol' oldies, jazz, Malaysian and traditional music.

 

Finally, we would like to appeal to the State Government, relevant Government authorities, hotels and entertainment outlets to support and encourage the music profession so that it will become a viable and profitable professional career for generations to come. One step in this direction would be to  promote the employment of local Penang musicians in our rich Penang entertainment outlets rather than employ too many foreign bands who would naturally not, contribute to, nor reflect our rich music heritage and ...  the "Music Of Penang".

 
"Penang Music - Our Young Talent"  -  July 2006
 By: James A Rozells

   

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