Out of all the music genres of our past century, jazz has been the unlikely innovator that has surpassed even rock and hip hop in terms of sonic progression. It’s apparent when you listen to a classic jazz standard like ‘Girl From Ipanema’ and compare that to a mainstream jazz track today – say from the likes of Chris Botti (even when he’s covering the classics like ‘My Funny Valentine’) – that jazz has never been in the same game as other trendier genres: Jazz has been through too much to fade away like yesterday’s glitter.
From the cotton fields of America to Prohibition-era opium dens to selling out stadiums to Frank Zappa, jazz is very much alive in all forms, whether it’s a dirty sound meant to easy the woes of Mafia members or a high-society pastime, decoding the theory of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.
Making its way to the Land of the Merlion this March, the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2015 (shortened to Sing Jazz ’15) is set to turns heads and heels with a peculiar lineup consisting of renowned jazz and jazz-related artistes who embody the genre’s freestyling habits. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, no worries, just improvise and it’ll come to you… trust us.
Date Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March ’15
Venue Marina Bay Sands
Cover SGD125 – SGD500 via sing-jazz.com/2015/tickets
More info here.