Every year on 30 April, Jazz enthusiasts across Singapore would stand shoulder to shoulder in the audience of the community concerts put up by the Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS) in celebration of UNESCO International Jazz Day. This year, they will still be grinning from ear to ear, because the show will go on - online.
Today's concert is the first of the JASS@HOME online series and it is a virtual online jam session featuring performances by Jeremy Monteiro, JASS Associate Music Director Weixiang Tan, Christy Smith, Tamagoh, Alemay Fernandez, Rit Xu and other local musicians. Sing along to a swing version of 'Singapura', dedicated to our frontline workers and be serenaded by an exclusive solo by 7-time Grammy Award-winner, Randy Brecker.
JASS@HOME will take place tonight, 30 April, at 8:30pm after PM Lee Hsien Loong's May Day Speech. The live stream will made available on JASS' Youtube channel and Facebook.
PM Lee also showed his support for JASS@HOME in his Facebook post, encouraging Singaporeans to tune in to the concert and unwind:
Whether you're a Jazz lover or not, there is something for everyone in this year's edition of JASS@HOME. Not only is great music something to look forward to, the festivities continue with a panel discussion with Jazz composers Chok Kerong and Aya Sekine as well as interviews with jazz stalwarts Aileen Tan from Blu Jaz Cafe and Peter Ng from Maduro SG. The 2020 JASS Music Scholarship would also be presented during the concert.
Helmed by JASS Executive Director and Music Director Jeremy Monteiro, JASS@HOME: Celebrating UNESCO International Jazz Day 2020 (Singapore Edition) is the first project to be supported by the National Arts Council's Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts. On behalf of JASS, Monteiro hopes to be able to appreciate our frontline workers through music. "As we unite under the name of music, I believe that we will get through this together and come out stronger," Monteiro said.
JASS@HOME will continue to release digital concent in the following months with the aims of uplifting and encouraging Singaporeans during this tough period as well as celebrate their spirit of resilience.
Tune in to JASS@HOME at 8:30pm on Youtube and Facebook. For more details, visit https://www.jazzassociation.sg/