Singapore Will place itself on the musical map at the inauguration Singapore International Jazz Festival, The largest jazz meeting to come to Medina, takes over from February 27th to March 2nd. Locals and travelers alike will join the Forbes Tour Guide. Marina Bay Sands (MBS) See performances by well-known international artists and well-known local talents. The hotel (an architectural icon and a must-see destination in itself) will host Sing Jazz, offering performances at the famous Grand Theater (only on February 27) and the outdoor events plaza, which has a beautiful backdrop of the island’s skyline.
The four-day event is led by Grammy Award-winning artists Natalie Cole, Jamie Colum, India Lion and Gregory Porter. They will perform with other international artists, such as Incognito, James Morrison, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini and the James Taylor Quartet, as well as local and regional jazz names, such as the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet led by Jeremy Monteiro and Melissa T. ‘If; Almai Fernandez; And Richard Jackson.
How this musical event was created is a tribute to a small band of art lovers and music lovers dedicated to jazz. The group was headed by David Lyndon Smith, founder and artistic director of Singh Jazz, and Michael Tay, former Singapore ambassador to Russia and founder and director of the Arts and Social Society Foundation. “It was a true love work that was two years in the making,” says Smith, who is also known for his lead role in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. “It was created, literally, by a group of us jazz lovers who want to add to the growing and evolving jazz scene here, especially after the success of Brass Explosion 2012.”
To put together the event, Smith and his team collaborated with Java Jazz organizers to bring some of the best artists in the world to Singapore. “Together with MBS, our partner at the venue, we have worked closely together to make this vision of an International Standard Jazz Festival in Singapore a reality.”
Smith and the other directors plan to turn Singh Jazz into an annual festival. “Singapore’s jazz scene is relatively young compared to other countries, but because of this ‘youth’, it is very diverse and embraces a wide range of genres and jazz styles,” says Smith.
He anticipates that the potential of jazz to reach a wider audience in Singapore is huge, as jazz is inherently fluid and embraces so many aspects of other musical genres. “With the rich community of talents and growing numbers of jazz lovers here, I believe the jazz scene will continue to grow and embrace everyone. Sing Jazz strives to be a catalyst for this growth.”
To see the growth first-hand, one-day tickets are available starting at $ 90 and can be purchased Online.
Photos courtesy of Ugene Ong, Universal Music Singapore and Marina Bay Sands