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A long time drummer and collaborator with Jeremy Monteiro, Tamagoh has performed with legendary jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino and the late great Eldee Young. In addition to being a superb jazz drummer, he is also much sought after by pop artists like Frances Yip, Coco Lee, Eric Moo and Sandy Lam. Tamagoh was conferred the COMPASS Artistic Excellence Award in 2005 for his outstanding artistic contribution to music in Singapore. He was part of James Moody’s Scholarship Fund concert in New York City’s B. B. Kings Bar and Grill in March 2008.
Melissa captivates her audiences with her large repertoire and impeccable delivery of songs from the American Songbook.
Melissa released her debut jazz album on Jazznote Records entitled Falling in Love Again to critical acclaim in 2015.
Jazz writer Ian Patterson of allaboutjazz.com praised her for having “won over the Queen Elizabeth Hall” at her guest performance with the Jeremy Monteiro Trio at the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2014. Melissa was one of the special guest artists at Jeremy’s 40th Anniversary Concert held on 30 September 2016.
Jeremy Monteiro (pianist, vocalist, composer, jazz educator) has won critical acclaim in many parts of the world. He has performed all over the World in addition to numerous occasions at home in Singapore, where he has been dubbed “Singapore’s King Of Swing” by the local press.
He has served as artistic director of the Singapore International Jazz Festival in 2001 and the Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival in 2012.
In October 2016, he helped establish the Singapore Jazz Foundation Limited, to promote and encourage young musicians who are interested in playing Jazz. The Foundation also hopes to become a centre of excellence in Jazz.
He 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, Leroy Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Vanessa Rubin, Carmen Bradford, Matt Monro and Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.
As a composer, Jeremy has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 1991 International Radio Festival of New York, as well as finalist awards at the 1990 and 1991 London International Advertising Awards for best original music score (radio, T.V. and Cinema). He has composed or produced over 700 pieces of music, of which more than a hundred are his jazz compositions, the rest being his compositions for jingles, campaign songs.
Jeremy, who is also a vocalist in the crooning style, Grammy Award nominated singer/pianist Judy Roberts, she had this to say about Jeremy’s singing, “Jeremy has an appealing and expressive voice…. you don’t expect such a technically dazzling pianist to have such an intimate and wistful vocal sound…Jeremy is a consistently excellent vocalist.”
He has almost 40 albums to his credit. “Brazilian Dreams” released in June 2016 rose to the top of the iTunes Jazz Charts in Singapore and stayed in the Top 100 for over a month.
Affectionately referred to as “Uncle Lou” by fans and peers, Soliano is a household name in local jazz circles. Growing up in a family of musicians, the veteran artist actually began playing professionally at the tender age of 17. From winning his first competition organized by Cathay Organization in 1959, to performing alongside jazz greats like Buddy RICH, Sarah Vaughan and Matt Monro, to performing live in front of two Singapore Presidents (Dr. Tony Tan, and Mr. Wee Kim Wee) – Soliano has certainly led a distinguished 58-year career.
He’s been conferred as a Fellow of the London College of Music and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014, but beyond the innumerable accolades he’s collected over the decades, the real pride and passion in Soliano’s life remains the practice amid pursuit of his lifelong craft.
Guitarist Andrew Lim has been an integral part of the jazz scene in Singapore and abroad since 2001. During that time he has participated in recordings and numerous festival (including Edinburgh Jazz Festival), concert and club performances with musicians from all generations.
He is an active performer and moved to New York City in 2011 to present. Ever since the move, he has performed at many of the top venues including the famed Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, a residency at Smoke Jazz Club, Dizzy’s, Zinc Bar and various other local clubs. His reverence to melodies and soulful style have endeared him to audiences throughout the world as well as the musicians he’s worked with.
“Andrew has a very clear and distinctive style, and has created his own voice on the guitar, something that only the highest level players do.” Ernie Watts
“His music reveals a rare sensitivity, instrumental virtuosity, and great musical awareness.” Antonio Hart.