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Indonesia's jazz giant -- still cool and still playing

Idang Rasjidi's youthful rebellion launched a musical revolution

Indonesian jazz legend Idang Rasjidi performs at the Mahakam Jazz Fiesta, in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. (Courtesy of Agus Setiawan Basuni/

JAKARTA -- Idang Rasjidi sits alone in the middle of the night, having been driven from his recording studio by one of the frequent and ferocious rainstorms in his adopted hometown of Bogor. Although he describes himself as "tired," the 67-year-old Idang is still a driving force in the infectious beat of jazz in Indonesia.

I'm nothing really, not a very good player," said the Indonesian pianist, producer and teacher, who sometimes uses a wheelchair. "If I'm still wanted, it's for this spirit I carry. Because jazz is in my blood and I do everything for jazz."

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