The first Economics Jazz concert was started on November 16th 1987, when some students who were supported by a junior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics UGM, A. Tony Prasetiantono, held the first concert called Economics Jazz Live. It was held at Kridosono Sportshall Yogyakarta, with Karimata (Candra Darusman, Erwin Gutawa, Aminoto Kosin, Denny TR and Aldy) on stage, as well as a young singer Ruth Sahanaya, and saxophonist legend (the late) Embong Rahardjo.
Economics Jazz once changed its name to UGM Jazz when the Rector of the university wished this event to be held under the university (not the faculty anymore). This name was then used for several years (2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
In 2011, the name of the event was changed back into is initial name Economics Jazz when the concert was held back by the faculty. It was also the first time for Economics Jazz to invite international jazz musicians. Michael Paulo, a U.S. saxophonist from California, was the first international musician performing at Economics Jazz. Some great jazz musicians, such as David Benoit (2012), Casiopea 3rd (2013), Lee Ritenour and Phil Perry (2014), Dave Koz (May 2015), Casiopea 3rd again (November 2015), and Peabo Bryson (2016) have performed in Economics Jazz. In 2015, Economics Jazz was held twice due to the special celebration of 60 anniversary of the Faculty of Economics and Business (the new name of the faculty), Universitas Gadjah Mada. In 2017, the legend jazz singer and a Grammy Award winner in 2008, Patti Austin was performing with jazz pianist David Benoit. It was a milestone to this event. As experienced in the last seven gigs.
This year, we are back as UGM Jazz. This year’s performers will be as wonderful as the previous years’ performers. There will be 4 well-known performers such as Bob James (world’s famous keyboardist and grammy award winner), Kunto Aji, Ruth Sahanaya and Candra Darusman (one of the performers in the first Economics Jazz). We will always invite top world’s jazz musicians to meet its vision as “The #1 Jazz Concert on Campus in Indonesia”.