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Singapore International Jazz Festival

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The Singapore International Jazz Festival, ‘SING JAZZ’ to its fans, is set to bring some of the most talented international jazz artists on the stage of the majestic Marina Bay Sands on February 27th – March 2nd. Jamie Cullum, Grammy Award and JJA Award Winner  Gregory Porter, Incognito, Natalie Cole and trumpeter Roy Hargrove lead an explosive lineup that also includes Earth, Wind & Fire, four-time Grammy Award Winner India Arie and the James Taylor Quarter for four nights of great live jazz music.

From February 27th to March 2nd Singapore will be the Asia jazz capital due to the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival. ‘SING JAZZ’, as it is commonly known among its fans, will bring to town some of the very best local and international jazz musicians. Jazz music will be presented in a variety of forms, from traditional vocal jazz to acid jazz and pop-jazz. Hosted at the stunning Marina Bay Sands, ‘SING JAZZ’ is en route to establish itself as one of the most exciting up and coming jazz events.

 

Parade of international stars at SING JAZZ 2014

Gregory Porter, fresh from his Grammy Award victory with Liquid Spirit, voted Best Jazz Vocal Album, leads a sensational cast of stars that also include Jamie Cullum – who will be performing on the first night – and two of the most touching voices in modern music: Natalie Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole and multi-Grammy Award winner India Arie. 

Gregory Porter at Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014

2014 Grammy Award Winner Gregory Porter | Picture Credits: http://www.youthunitedpress.com/

From Los Angeles, California, Gregory Porter has quickly established himself as one of the most popular male vocalists in modern music. During 2013 Porter, who had already receive Grammy Award nominations for his debut album Water (2010) and the track On My Way To Harlem (2012), finally went on to receive the JJA Award as Best Male Vocalist and a Grammy Award for his record Liquid Spirit. Many have been talking about Jamie Cullum as one of the most hard-working musicians. In his career, he has released six albums, was awarded the Rising Star Award by the British Jazz Awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for his composition Gran Torino for the Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino and has been serving as artistic director of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, one of UK’s leading jazz festivals.

 

 

Natalie Cole and India Arie will be two of the female main acts of the Singapore Jazz Festival 2014. Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins Ellington rose to musical success in the mid-’70s  with R&B hits like This Will Be, Inseparable and Our Love. During her career, Natalie Cole has won numerous Grammy Awards and has sold over 30 million records worldwide.

India Arie at Singapore International Jazz Festival

India Arie, one of the female headliners of SING JAZZ 2014 | Picture Credits: billboard.com

An impressive success also for India Arie, four-time Grammy Award winner – and nominated 21 times – and 10 million records sold around the world. On March 1st, she will performs tracks from her latest album Songversation, as well as from her previous works.

Swedish funk-pop trio Dirty Loops and  “hippie with soul” Allen Stone leads the up and comers of the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014. The band has become an online phenomenon due to the members’ performances on YouTube. Their version of Adele‘s Rolling In The Deep has been viewed over 3 million times.

An excellent “business card”, which has quickly lead members Jonah, Henrik and Aaron to six Asian tours alongside Canadian Grammy Award winner David Foster. Some have already labeled the promising young band as the new Toto

Listen to music from SING JAZZ 2014

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Quite a different story for Allen Stone. Born in the small town of  Chewelah, Washington, he started singing in his father’s church at the age of 3. After falling in love with soul music during his teenage year, Allen went on to pursue a career in music. He has released two albums – Last To Speak (2010) and Allen Stone (2011) – which featured guest appearances by Raphael Saadiq and Miles Davis’ keyboardist Deron JohnsonAllen Stone peaked at the number 2 spot on the R&B/Soul charts on iTunes and hit #9 and #35 on the Billboard Heatseekers and R&B/Hip Hop Album charts, respectively.

The Asian Jazz All-Star Power Quartet is the headline when it comes to local performers at SING JAZZ 2014. Led by the “Singapore’s King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro,  and featuring rising star, vocalist Melissa Tham, it will play its jazz standards-filled repertoire on the second night of the festival. Other familiar faces for the audience are singers Alemay Fernandez and Richard Jackson, who will join the UK Jazz Masters on March 2nd.

 

More music from SING JAZZ 2014

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British acid jazz invasion and the grand finale

The Singapore International Jazz 2014 will also feature a musical acid jazz invasion from the UK. ‘Bluey’ Maunick and his Incognito, one of the pioneers in the British acid jazz movement and the world’s renowned James Taylor Quartet will transform Singapore in a giant acid jazz dance floor. Since the 1980s, both bands have been often referred to as icons of the acid jazz around the world.

For its grand finale, SING JAZZ 2014 has prepared a top-class lineup. In addition to Gregory Porter and the UK Jazz Masters with Alemay Fernandez and Richard Jackson, the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014 will say goodbye to its audience with shows by two very special guests: Roy Hargrove and the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. Hargrove, bandleader, trumpeter and winner of two Grammy Awards, will present his repertoire which combines elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music.

Earth, Wind & Fire at Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014

The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire | Picture Credits: www.ticketmaster.com

There is nothing Earth, Wind & Fire haven’t done during their over-40 year long career. The group that Miles Davis described as his “all time favorite band” has sold millions of records worldwide, have held sold-out performances in pretty much every major venue around the world and have served as influence for numerous big names in modern music:  Prince, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Marcus Miller and Erykah Badu, just to name a few. Among its achievements, EWF has been the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden and to receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award.

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Festival Details:

Singapore International Jazz Festival

148 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228724

Info: info@sing-jazz.com

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