Jazz pianist, singer, composer and music educator
Accomplished jazz musician Jeremy Monteiro is known as Singapore’s “King of Swing”
Jeremy Monteiro is Singapore’s best-known jazz musician, boasting a career that spans over four decades. Often referred to in the local press as Singapore’s “King of Swing”, the pianist turned professional when he was just 17, and has been playing in local clubs as well as performing at international events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival since.
Raised in a music-loving household, Monteiro has jammed with world-famous musicians such as Grammy-Award-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, folk-jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, guitarist Lee Ritenour and folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. The professor at LaSalle College of the Arts has recorded over 25 jazz albums as leader, and also played on many records by other music artists.
Monteiro’s latest album, Live At No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur, was released in January 2021 and also his first to crack the Top 50 in an American chart, JazzWeek. The recently elected chairman of Compass (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore) is also the executive director and music director of the Jazz Association (Singapore), and has his own music label, Jazznote Records. Monteiro was conferred the Cultural Medallion award in 2002 for his contributions to Singapore’s music scene.
Leadership Award (Culture) (Tatler Singapore)
Did You Know?
Monteiro’s first gig as a professional musician was as a piano player and band leader performing at Club 392, where Palais Renaissance currently stands.