All Jazzed Up!

Published on 18 March 2017

Do your musical tastes not quite align with the purist ones of Sebastian from La La Land? The upcoming Singapore International Jazz Festival will have something that speaks to you, whether you like blues, rock, Electronica, or moving and grooving in the presence of megastars. Here are some highlights to appeal to anyone.

 

BY JO TAN

Part Jazz, All Awesome

Photo: Singapore International Jazz Festival

Jazz is widely recognized to have influenced many forms of modern music including Reggae, Rock, Latin and Pop (just to name a few) so don’t be surprised to find that several festival headliners have their roots in jazz traditions, including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee aka Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, who attributes her love of music to her grandma introducing her to jazz as a child. Other inclusions at the jazz festival that might surprise you include Brit-Award-winning drum and bass band Rudimental, and Britain’s electronic duo Basement Jaxx.

Local Love

Photo: Aaron Wong

Singapore’s got its fair share of jazz cats as well! See some of them in action, with the Aaron James Lee Trio opening the festival, blues/funk/rock/soul musicians (and regulars at Muddy Murphy and Barber Shop by Timbre) Raw Earth performing a Blues tribute, cool crooner Nick Zavior performing as part of Canadian legend David Foster’s set, Ernesto Eriquez presenting his jazz-infused Cuban sounds, and one of Singapore’s leading jazz vocalists Alemay Fernandez performing with Australia’s Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys.

Grammy Greats

It’s only the best for this fest, which is why you’ll see several Grammy-award-winners gracing the stage. They include virtuoso singer-songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding with four Grammy Awards and who famously eclipsed Justin Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category in 2011, sweet and soulful songstress with several nominations and two wins at the Grammys Corinne Bailey Rae, as well Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger David Foster with sixteen wins and the abovementioned diva Chaka Khan, with no fewer than ten.

Jam Sessions

A big part of jazz is improvisation, with musicians playing off one another. At this festival, you’ll get to see a marvelous mashup of skill with festival artists coming together in late-night jam sessions to produce one-off impromptu collaborations that will never be seen again.

Music Never Sleeps

Photo: Basement Jaxx

This year’s edition of the festival introduces The Late Show, where festival-goers can groove into the indoor VIP party venue, combining scintillating live performances played out in an intimate club atmosphere and featuring music and dancing till 4am on Friday and Saturday.

Want to win free passes? The A List is giving out 3 pairs of Full Festival Pass at $288 each which gives access to 30 hours of music at both The Main Stage & The Late Show on all days. Head over to our contest page now! Contest ends 19th March 2017.

SING JAZZ FESTIVAL will be held over 3 days from 31st March to 2nd April 2017. Click here for more information. 

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