Published on 5 July 2017

By Melanie Lee

Singapore’s King of Swing Jeremy Monteiro is back with more of his stellar concerts this July! This time, he is jazzing up iconic Beatles hits in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Titled Jazz the Beatles – Jeremy Monteiro, With a Little Help from My Friends, this concert held from 12 – 13 of July also launches his latest album with the same name.

“I grew up with the music of The Beatles all around me. Their music is part of the soundtrack of my life. Their melodies lend themselves to interpretations and arrangements in ANY style. Such is the magic of a well-constructed melody that has universal appeal,” says the 57-year-old pianist, composer, producer and music educator.

Monteiro ropes in guest musicians Eugene Pao, Meliessa Tham, Nick Zavior, Hong Chanutr, Techatana-nan, Ben Poh, Julian Chan and Jens Bunge for a nostalgic musical evening whether you’re a Beatles fan or a jazz fan!

Monteiro shares his five favourite songs by The Fab Four that he’ll be performing for this concert:

Credit: Russel Wong

Norwegian Wood
It has a kind of folky waltz feel. We’ll be playing it more like a jazz waltz with complex harmonies for a more mystical feel. Melissa Tham sings this in such a beautiful, whimsical way on the album.

The Fool on the Hill
We were inspired by a cover by Sarah Vaughn when she did her tribute to The Beatles. It is the only cover of a Beatles’ cover we’re doing for our concert. The rest are fresh arrangements.

Eleanor Rigby
This is a tune I have played since I was a kid, and even while I was in the SAF Music & Drama Company. I’ve arranged a high-energy funk-fusion version of it.

The Long And Winding Road
I’ll be performing a bluesy version of this well-loved ballad which showcases the range of our guest vocalist.

This is my favourite Lennon-McCartney composition. Paul McCartney wrote most of it, and it is an amazingly complex and well-constructed composition. It takes a lot of concentration to play this deceptively simple tune in a way that sounds easy and natural.

Jazz the Beatles – Jeremy Monteiro, With a Little Help from My Friends will be held at Esplanade Recital Studio from 12 – 13 July 2017. Click here for more information.

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