About the Gala
The JASS Benefit Gala 2022 "Swing It!" will be held on Saturday, 30 April 2022.
In support of Singapore jazz, gala guests will be treated to a specially-curated dinner accompanied by performances by two of Singapore’s foremost jazz and pop stars Nathan Hartono and Joanna Dong, alongside JASS co-founder and Singapore’s “King of Swing,” Jeremy Monteiro with the JASS orchestras.
We are making the Gala a triple celebration by combining this 2022 Singapore edition with Jeremy's milestone 45th career-anniversary and UNESCO International Jazz Day.
UNESCO International Jazz Day falls on 30th April, the day of our gala, and celebrates jazz’s role of uniting people from around the world. In light of the upheavals the world has experienced over the last two years, there seems no better time than now to highlight jazz’s capacity for bringing people together, as well as JASS’ role in uplifting the Singapore community and bringing comfort to our global audiences through our music.
Our efforts to spread the joy of jazz are more imperative now than ever. Funds raised will help us in our various programmes to:
lift the Singapore jazz scene through a core pool of distinguished local jazz musicians
nurture young local jazz talents
fund local and international jazz scholarships to deserving local youth musicians
bring jazz to people all over Singapore and promote interaction and cohesion among our diverse communities
showcase Singapore jazz to the world through international performances and collaborations
encourage inclusiveness by reaching out to the underserved through the universal language of jazz; and
support eligible local jazz musicians impacted by crisis with short-term financial aid
In view of the prevailing safe management guidelines, the Gala is currently planned as a virtual event with intentions to switch to a hybrid or live event, should circumstances allow.
As a bilingual Singaporean singer-songwriter-actor, Nathan Hartono has captivated the hearts of audiences across Asia and beyond with his soulful performances and charisma.
Joanna Dong has been a ubiquitous figure on Singapore screens and stages after clinching the third spot in "Sing! China" in 2017, under the mentorship of Jay Chou.
Past Gala Highlights
Let There Be Love
JASS held its third gala “Let There Be Love" virtually on 14 March 2021. Besides inaugurating JASS' 5th anniversary milestone, the Gala was also Singapore's first virtual jazz gala with guests treated to a seamless show featuring international jazz diva Laura Fygi in Amsterdam and the JASS orchestra ensemble in Singapore thanks to extended-reality technology.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Some Enchanted Evening
JASS’ second gala was inspired by “Some Enchanted Evening” from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” and celebrated the music of legendary songwriters Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein who wrote a series of musicals dazzling Broadway and offered the world timeless jazz standards.
Ella 100, Jazz Forever
JASS held its inaugural Benefit Gala on 24 November 2017, with Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, as Guest of Honour. The theme was "Ella 100, Jazz Forever!" The gala marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald.