Archive for the ‘jazz’ Category

[ Refer to inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)] I first knew Rachma from the performance photos of other colleagues. I can still recall my immediate thoughts, what a good-looking spunky little girl. Now, if you have seen her pictures, you’d know i’m not just being shallow. It is true. Nor am I being rude, she   Read More …

Inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)

[also see Background to inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Rachma, in her own words I used to think of myself as a pianist, but these days I consider myself more of an aspiring messenger for Music. I see music as an art or craft that brings joy,   Read More …

[refer to inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon) for my interview with Mark] I always have trouble starting on the ‘backgrounds’ of these wonderful people I have the honour of ‘interviewing’, but then once I start, I don’t want to stop. Each one of these inspiring features has a sort of ‘relationship’ with me so much   Read More …

inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)

[also see Background to inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mark Gordon, in a few of his own words. I’ve been a professional photographer for the last 10 years, coming back to it late at the age of 50. Now I’m broadly interested in photography, film and music,   Read More …

[This article is the background to ‘inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘] And about 2 years ago, pianist, entertainer and mentor Mario Serio asked me to join him as the lead singer on a Chinese New Year’s function gig alongside with the wonderful Ernesto Valerio and friends. It was a quartet   Read More …

Inpsire#7 features Jazz Man Mario Serio

[see ‘Background to inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘ for the background to this interview.] It was 1994. The phone rang. Mario was in his hotel room in Las Vegas watching O.J. Simpson busy getting chased by helicopters. Jazz singer from New York, Nancy Kelly was on the line, asking if   Read More …

[This article covers the background to Inspire#5: Going Home (Calvin Pang).] I first met Calvin at a cafe that used to stand along South Bridge Road, Singapore. I had a lot of original jazz material that I wanted to put together with a quartet I had envisioned, called White Noise. Broun Cafe proved to be   Read More …

Having just settled back in Perth after our 9-months’ stint in Qingdao, China, I scrambled through the articles to catch some wind of some jazz news. Each time i do this, i find my other pair of fingers crossed. The last i checked, more jazz venues closed down. More live music venues closed down. Coming   Read More …

A wonderful evening of jazz standards kicked off by a nice hangout over teh-tarik and virtual rehearsals with ba-da-bing ba-da-boo ba-da-pow with Mario Serio and Didi Mudigdo. I had never previously blogged about a vox series performance, but since this one would likely mark our last performance here in SG this year (2016), i thought   Read More …

Here’s sharing a brief article from singer-songwriter Gloria Cameron (ChoiceinMusic) from a LinkedIn Group for Singers and Songwriters called “Musicians, Singers, Songwriters, Recording Artists“. What do you think of these suggestions? Personally E) is a must, which most of us have as long as we have a mobile/cell phone with us. A friend in the   Read More …