She Ain't Quitting

Dira Sugandi performs on the opening day of the 13th Java Jazz Festival, JIExpo, Jakarta, 3 March 2017. 
Even a prominent female jazz singer such as Dira Sugandi coiuld make a confession in front of the sitting crowd who filled up the concert hall at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, and also to the big band whom she shared the stage with, about how difficult it is here to make a living in jazz. 

"There were times when I keep telling myself I wanted to stop singing," she confided. But she is certainly not quitting that night, on the opening of the three-day Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2017.