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Cherokee was formed in June 2001 by Rio Moreno Rusadi consisting of young talented players who are mostly interested in Jazz. The name Cherokee was taken from a Jazz song written in 1938 by Ray Noble.

Members of the band are well experienced young musicians who have played with various distinguished musicians such as Indra Lesmana, Erwin Gutawa, Elfa Secioria, Idang Rasyidi, Ireng Maulana, Karim Suweilleh and the legendary drummer Benny Mustapha.

The different influences on each member of Cherokee have given the album's sound added touch, diversity, and richness.


People behind Cherokee

Rio Moreno Rusadi
Piano, Band Leader, Composer & Arranger
Rio has played solo piano gigs at various hotels and restaurants in Jakarta. In addition, he has performed with a wide array of bands, including Daya Big Band with Tjut Nyak Deviana Daudsjah as conductor, at such places as Salsa, Tavern, The Beat, Jamz, Venue, and Twilite. Rio brings a strong presence of montuno and latin influence, in the context of both the upbeat and ballad music, to the nuance of Cherokee.
Harry Toledo
Bass, Composer & Arranger
A virtuous bass player, Harry has performed with many of the Indonesian prominent musicians and bands, including Idang Rasyidi Quartet, Ireng Maulana Combo, Hentriessa Band, and the Groove. Rich in funk and swing, Harry has helped accentuate Bali Lounge's beat. His other project involvements including Bali Lounge and "OPP and Friends" have reflected not only his virtuousity but also his added diversity as to dwell into other genres of music.
Tri Agus Mantoro
His background in pop, rock, and jazz has added a new dimension to the band's color. Agus has been able to blend all these into the various compositions of the remaining band members. He has performed with various players and bands including David Addes Band, David Lee Band in Bali, and Victor Rompas Band.
Iwan wiradz
Percussions, Composer & Arranger
Invariably one of the most talented and gifted percussionists in Indonesia, Iwan is deeply passionate about creating a rich latin influence to the music of Cherokee. Not only does he carry the band's beat but he also has helped create a new dimension of the band's soul. Iwan has performed with EKMS Band, Elfa Scioria Big Band, Indonesia 6, and Twilite Orchestra.
Kadek Rihardika
Guitar, Composer & Arranger
Influences of many prominent guitar players can be seen in Kadek's wide ranging guitar abilities in both electric and acoustic. At the same time, his unique ability in the composition of ballads in the album serves as a new nuance that is characteristic of him. Kadek has performed with various players and bands including Indra Lesmana, ADA Band, Emerald Band, Elfa Secioria, and teaches at the Farabi School of Music in Jakarta.

Featured musician friends

Uci Nurul
Being a member of the Elfas Singers has brought a wealth of soul and experience into Cherokee's album as has clearly been sensed in the very ballad performed by her. Uci was kind enough as to help feature in "Yang Pernah Ada", a ballad written by one of the band's members and has helped bring a new interesting dimension to the album.
Gita Wirjawan
Influences from Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Bob James and a number of other GRP artists almost cannot be hidden from his color and touch. Notwithstanding the producer role, Gita could not help but contribute a couple of songs that helped enrich the album's dimension.



Track Listing

1. EL MONTUNO by Rio Moreno
2. THIS ONE"S FOR YOU by Gita Wirjawan
3. ONE LOVE FOREVER by Harry Toledo
4. FUNNY by Rio Moreno
5. YANG PERNAH ADA by Harry Toledo
6. ROLL IT ! by Gita Wirjawan
7. SONG 4 'La' by Kadek Rihardika
8. JANGAN MALU-MALU by Iwan Wiradz
9. DREAM BRIDGE by Kadek Rihardika
10. INNER BEAUTY by Rio Moreno

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YANG PERNAH ADA : Cherokee feat Uchi

Live Performances Highlight
Zoom Bar & Lounge
Friday Jazz Night, Ancol, Jakarta
Jakarta Jazz Society, Bunasena Jakarta
Harrys@The Esplanade & Jazz@The South Bridge, Singapore
Gala Dinner SCTV Awards, Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta
Festival Jazz Merah Putih, Bali
Sangatta, Kalimantan Timur
Gala Dinner AMI Awards, Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta 
Promo Tour Jawa (Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Semarang)
JAMZ Music Lounge, Jakarta
The Bar, Regent Hotel Jakarta
Jazz Goes to Campus, University of Indonesia
Java Jazz Festival
Bali Jazz Festival

TV Performances
Jazz Club, TVRI
Sejuta Kejutan Mc D, ANTV
Gebyar BCA, Indosiar
MTV 100% Asia, MTV
Tangga Lagu, RCTI

Video Clip ('Yang Pernah Ada','One Love Forever')
MTV Indonesia
I music Channel Indonesia 
MTV Singapore
TV 21 (Surya TV) Singapore 
Trans TV


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