Characterised by swinging notes and lively improvisation, the The Jazz Age in the roaring 1920s saw deeply passionate musicians and vocalists sharing the stage, with names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Daniel Armstrong in the spotlight as the genre's most legendary figures. Today in Singapore, there is a man who is taking this music genre to new heights—nurturing new passions and making its music accessible to people from all walks of life to enjoy.
Music maestro Jeremy Monteiro, also known as Singapore’s King of Swing and the nation’s Cultural Medallion winner in 2002, has been at the forefront on Singapore’s music industry. Together with friends who share the same passion for Jazz, they established the Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS) in 2016—a charity that acts as a hub for the country's jazz scene and supports budding jazz artists in their pursuit of the art form.
This year, the association's biennial benefit gala dinner looks to Broadway for inspiration and promises an enchanted evening for all guests on April 5, at the Shangri-La Hotel. Naming the gala after hit tune, Some Enchanted Evening, from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific, the evening celebrates what the lengendary songwriters have contributed to the jazz scene, which has seen their songs repeatedly covered by the likes of timeless jazz singers such as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.
To make things extra special, guests will be able to make song dedications for a charitable fee as a sweet gesture, to celebrate a special occasion, or to simply surprise their fellow company present at the gala. Serenading guests will be American vocalist virtuoso Kenny Washington and the King of Swing himself, with a special appearance by Singapore's most well-loved jazz singer, Alemay Fernandez, as they entertain guests into the night.
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