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Big Band Magic: 20 Years of the Thomson Jazz Club


Sun Apr 20 2014, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall , 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages


Listed by: littlemosaic

Bask in the magic of the big band sound as the Thomson Jazz Club celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Esplanade.

This dapper double-bill presents the twin-engine roar of the Thomson Big Band and the Thomson Swing Band, both made up of talented jazz musicians, amateur and professional, from Singapore and beyond who love nothing better than to swing along to the big band beat. Their 20 years of big band music-making has brought them to international jazz festivals and also seen them reaching out to the Singapore music community through their many performances and workshops.

Expect your favourite jazz standards such as Take the A Train, Come Fly with Me, Cheek to Cheek, and many more as these cool cats are joined by special guest jazz musicians from Singapore and USA — vocalists Alemay Fernandez and Greta Matassa, bassist Christy Smith, and trumpeteer Greg Glassman all chime in for what promises to be a big, brassy evening.

Forget the smoke and mirrors. This is straight up, unadulterated big band magic.

Alemay Fernandez
Known for her sultry vocal stylings and gutsy personality, Alemay Fernandez has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, David Foster and Bobby Soul, just to name a few. A favourite in the Singapore jazz scene, she is hailed by Time Out as “one of Singapore’s best-loved entertainers”.

Greta Matassa
Named Northwest Vocalist of the Year by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years, Greta Matassa enjoyed a successful run at New York City’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and has been a mainstay of Seattle’s jazz scene for many years.

Greg Glassman
A graduate from Oberlin College, Greg Glassman is the protégé of trumpet legend Clark Terry, and has worked with music luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller and Jimmy Heath.

Christy Smith
A regular feature in the Singapore jazz scene, Christy Smith’s early US music career saw him working with Sarah Vaughan, Aaron Copland and Stevie Wonder. A resident in Singapore since 1993, Christy is a first call bassist in Singapore and the region, and a prominent jazz educator who teaches at United World College and Lasalle College of the Arts.