About the Gala
With the easing of safe management guidelines, the Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS) Benefit Gala 2022 is now planned as a live event, and will be held on Sunday, 31 July 2022, at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.
In celebration 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 Jazz Association Singapore orchestras.
This year’s gala will be a triple celebration– celebrating Jeremy Monteiro’s 45th career-anniversary, the 121st birthday of jazz legend and father of modern jazz, Louis Armstrong, and JASS’s upcoming 6th anniversary celebration.
The gala is also a time to highlight jazz’s ability to unite people, bring out its spirit of improvisation and resilience, and more importantly, to reinforce JASS’s role in promoting jazz in Singapore through our music. We invite you to join JASS to “Swing It!” together to celebrate the human spirit of jazz.
With the support of our donors and partners, JASS has remained steadfast in our mission to promote jazz in Singapore despite the continuing challenges brought about by the pandemic. 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
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.