British jazz musician Stuart Hawkins, a long-time resident in Thailand, has released ‘Love at Sundown’ – a jazz tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Produced and arranged by Hawkins, the charity single features some of Thailand’s top contemporary jazz instrumentalists. You can download ‘Love at Sundown’ HERE: https://UmusicTH.lnk.to/ak8Xi
Composed in 1946, ‘Love at Sundown’ was the first song in King Bhumibol’s prolific musical repertoire to be released to the public and was an instant hit. This uplifting new tribute rendition brings a foot-tapping New Orleans feel to the song and features Hawkins on trumpet and flugelhorn, Passakorn Moralsilpin on saxophone, Kom Wongsawat on piano, Titiwat Treepob on bass and Pong Nakornchai on drums.
For this special project, Hawkins has teamed up with Universal Music Thailand which is distributing the single across a variety of digital platforms. The single is now available for download on iTunes and also available for streaming on Apple Music, Deezer, Joox Music, Spotify, Tidal and True Music.
Hawkins will be donating proceeds to the Water Foundation of Thailand (Utokapat Foundation) under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The foundation was set up in 2011 with initial endowment capital from H.M. the late King on the occasion of His 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary. The foundation’s vision and approach follows H.M. the late King’s initiatives on community water resource management in order to improve drought and flood resilience and strengthen livelihoods and economic development.
“Through this project I wanted to celebrate and pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of Thailand’s beloved ‘Jazz King’ and ‘Development King’,” said Hawkins. “I would like to invite people here in Thailand and around the world to download this charity single and I hope they enjoy this rendition of ‘Love at Sundown’.”
Born in Australia to British and Malaysian-Chinese parents, Hawkins grew up in Hong Kong and started to play the trumpet at the age of nine. As a teenager, he became passionate about jazz and blues music, soaking up recordings of artists such as Duke Ellington and Freddie Hubbard and playing in a number of jazz and blues bands. After high school, Stuart moved to England, where he studied Modern History at Oxford University. He was a soloist with the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and also played in smaller groups alongside some of the top young jazz musicians in England. Stuart has lived in Thailand for the last eleven years. He has played at venues across Thailand and Asia and performed with many leading Thai music artists including the popular jazz saxophonist, educator and producer Koh Mr Saxman and acclaimed pianist, composer and producer Neung Jakkawal.
LOVE AT SUNDOWN – CHARITY SINGLE INFO
Stuart Hawkins, trumpet and flugelhorn
Passakorn Morasilpin, tenor and soprano saxophones
Kom Wongsawat, piano
Titiwat Treepob, bass
Pong Nakornchai, drums
Original musical work by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej © 1946
Produced and arranged by Stuart Hawkins under exclusive distribution to Universal Music (Thailand) Limited © 2017
Recorded on January 8, 2017 at Creative Music Studio, Bangkok, Thailand
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oak Dhanasunthorn
For more information on Stuart Hawkins, please visit: www.facebook.com/stuarthawkinsmusic
For more information on The Water Foundation of Thailand (Utokapat Foundation), please visit: www.utokapat.org