David Benoit, jazz artists in Manila for concert

David Benoit, Rey Parker Jr., Kevyn Lettau, Jonathan Butler, and Brian Simpson are in town for the 'Heal our Land' concert

HEAL OUR LAND. David Benoit and other jazz musicians are in Manila for a Yolanda benefit concert. All photos by Edwin Llobrera

MANILA, Philippines – Jazz musicians David Benoit, Rey Parker Jr., Kevyn Lettau, and Jonathan Butler, along with keyboardist Brian Simpson, arrived in Manila on January 30 for the Heal Our Land happening on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Heal Our Land will serve as a benefit concert for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which devastated provinces in Central Visayas last November 2013. According to organizers, the idea for the benefit was born out of the artists’ desire to reach out to those affected by the calamity.

Benoit personally reached out to concert producers in the Philippines. Soon after, other musicians joined in creating an all-star jazz event, with Jonathan Butler’s ’90s single “Heal Our Land” as the inspiration for the title.

Listen to ‘Heal Our Land’ here:


Among the popular hits concert-goers can expect from the show are David Benoit’s “Biggest Part Of Me” and Kevyn Lettau’s “Sunlight.”

Many other acts are slated to perform including former Ambrosia frontman David Pack, saxophonists Jessy J and Filipino-American Michael Paulo, pianists Spencer Day and Gregg Karukas, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and percussionist Richie “Gajate” Garcia. Members of the LA All-Star Band are also part of the program.

Meanwhile, OPM acts Billy Crawford, Sitti, Side A, South Border, Freestyle, Mulatto, Zoo, True Faith, Chad Borja, and Thor Dulay from The Voice of the Philippines are also among the performers. – Rappler.com

KEVYN LETTAU. Photo by Edwin Llobrera

JONATHAN BUTLER. Photo by Edwin Llobrera

RAY PARKER JR. Photo  by Edwin Llobrera

BRIAN SIMPSON. Photo by Edwin Llobrera