Lion City Youth Jazz Festival 2018 Finale Concert


26 May 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Jazz Association (Singapore) proudly presents the Lion City Youth Jazz Festival Concert 2018, featuring the Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra (JassYO!) and its Eminent Mentors.

The concert is a culmination of an annual youth-musician-focused learning and immersion programme, comprising 5 days of intensive rehearsals and workshops, under the guidance of international jazz legends and prominent professional jazz musicians. These same mentors will perform at the concert with the youth-musicians selected for the learning programme alongside JassYO!, led by Music Director Jeremy Monteiro, with Associate Music Director Weixiang Tan, in a lineup featuring 5-time Grammy award-winning Trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker from the United States as Chief Mentor. For Guest Mentors, we have Pianist, composer and Cultural Medallion-winner Jeremy Monteiro from Singapore; Bassist and composer Jay Anderson (US); Lewis Nash (US-Drums); Antonio Hart (US-Saxophone); Ulf Wakenius (Guitar-Sweden); Tom Walsh (Trumpet-UK); Marques Young (Trombone-US); and Joe Darin (Piano-Thailand).

“When I first sat down to listen to the Lion City Youth Jazz Festival 2017 Concert, it was with the intention of supporting our youth musicians and their mentors. Within the first fifteen seconds of listening to the performance, I realised I was about to witness a world-class jazz band.” – EFG Senior Banker and lifetime jazz fan, Eugene Yang

The concert will showcase jazz arrangements of songs and tunes from Singapore and her neighbours in the first half. The second half will pay tribute to legendary Trumpeter Miles Davis, who revolutionised jazz multiple times and was at the forefront of all its stylistic periods in his lifetime.

The first half of the repertoire includes the following selection of tunes: an interesting odd-time arrangement of the Malacca-Portuguese folk tune Jingkli Nona, arranged by Tom Kubis and Jeremy Monteiro; a sublime arrangement by Kerong Chok of the well-loved Malaysian ballad “Getaran Jiwa” by P Ramlee, featuring guest vocalist Rudy Djoe; a swinging arrangement of the traditional Thai folk song “Loy Loy Krathong;” the lilting Filippino song “Dahil Sayo” and other regional standards.

The second half of the repertoire, which pays tribute to Miles Davis, will feature a newly-commissioned work by Kerong Chok entitled “Sketches of Miles,” which traverses the different stylistic periods of Miles Davis, and other tunes closely associated with the jazz legend, such as “Seven Steps to Heaven,” “All Blues” with guest artiste Alemay Fernandez on vocals, and Michael Mossman’s funky arrangement of the tune “Tutu.”

The evening’s programme will also include a presentation of the newly-launched Jazz Association (Singapore)’s scholarships to 2 young jazz scholars to study towards a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies.

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SOTA, Concert Hall
1 Zubir Said Drive
School of the Arts
Singapore 227968