ABOUT KENNY WASHINGTON
Celebrated jazz vocalist virtuoso Kenny Washington is known for lending his unique four-octave range to the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan infused with Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Find out more about Kenny at his website.
ABOUT JEREMY MONTEIRO
Dubbed "Singapore's King of Swing," Cultural Medallion recipient Jeremy Monteiro has garnered critical acclaim all over the world since helping to put Singapore in the world history of jazz in 1988, when he became the first Southeast Asian to play and lead a band of established international jazz musicians on the main stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, performing as “Monteiro, Young & Holt and Friends.”
Jeremy has performed and/ or recorded with the likes of James Moody, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Mann, Paulinho DaCosta, Ernie Watts, Charlie Haden, Carmen Bradford, Matt Monro, Toots Thielemans and Simon & Garfunkel, to name a few. He has also played on the main stages of the EFG London Jazz Festival and is the only Southeast Asian jazz musician to have had an album released on the iconic Verve record label, “Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico – Jazz-Blues Brothers.” Besides this album, he has released several others, most recently “Remembering Teresa” and“Yesterday Once More – A Jazz Tribute to The Carpenters.”
Jeremy is also a published writer. His volume of essays titled “Jeremy Monteiro: Late-Night Thoughts of a Jazz Musician” was published by international book publisher Marshall-Cavendish.
Today, Jeremy continues to bring jazz to all corners of Singapore, and Singapore jazz to countries all around the world with his musician friends and with the JASS orchestras.
ABOUT WEIXIANG TAN
Weixiang (“Wei”) is a jazz pianist who is a first-call musician in his country of origin, Singapore. A latecomer to Jazz, Wei started piano studies at 15, and Jazz at 21 when he was in law school.
A protégé of Thelonius Monk alumnus Victor Gaskin, Wei’s musical career has skyrocketed since his first gig at a hotel lounge in Singapore. In the span of twelve years, he has performed with numerous international mainstream jazz icons and Grammy-award winners like James Morrison, Stanley Jordan, Dave Samuels, as well as world-music giants, and has toured extensively around the world.
Residing in New York City in the fall of 2007 to 2010, Wei quickly established himself as a musician of note, performing at hallowed jazz venues like the Blue Note and 55 Bar, with Grammy-award winners Brian Lynch and Joe Lovano. Wei was also named “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1station in 2008 for his work at churches for the homeless.
ABOUT ALEMAY FERNANDEZ
Alemay Fernandez was dubbed one of Singapore's “best-loved entertainers” by Time Out Magazine. The Singaporean jazz vocalist tours internationally, promoting her album, “Hard to Imagine.” As a jazz performer, she has graced the stage with some of the world's top jazz musicians and is known for her stage presence and expert execution of the jazz scat. Learn more about Alemay here.
The formation of our main orchestra, the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO), brings together some of the best Singaporean and Singapore-based jazz musicians.It comprises around 20 professional jazz musicians with a few outstanding members from our youth orchestra.
The inaugural performance of JASSO took place at the JZ Shanghai Festival in October 2017 where they performed on the main stage of the festival along with international stars such as Kool & The Gang. The orchestra performed its first community outreach concert in Singapore in March 2018 at the NTU Auditorium, and held another public concert in July the same year during the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2018. It followed that with a performance at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2018 gala dinner that August and went on tour, playing at the EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2018. JASSO was then selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in January 2019 as the JEN President’s Choice.
Notable musicians in JASSO include Associate Music Director and pianist Weixiang Tan, top Singapore guitarist Andrew Lim, jazz drumming stalwart Tamagoh, and established baritone saxophone player, Tim Stocker, who hails from Australia.
Our youth wing, the Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra (JASSYO!), was set up with the objective of engaging and developing our youth musicians, nurturing their talents and grooming the future generations of jazz musicians. It comprises around 20 jazz musicians below the age of 35.
JASSYO! made its debut at the inaugural Lion City Youth Jazz Festival (LCYJF) in May 2017 in Singapore and held its maiden public outreach concert at Singapore Botanic Gardens in April 2018 to commemorate UNESCO International Jazz Day. It then performed again at the 2018 Lion City Youth Jazz Festival and has since gone on to perform at public concerts at the Esplanade and at the Singapore Heritage Festival in collaboration with the National Library Board.