Preview: Sing Jazz 2017 Day 1 (31 March)

Sing Jazz 2017 kicks off with a bang, with DJ acts, international jazz stars and local talent thrown into the mix. Check out the programme for the first day below:

Main stage – MBS Event Plaza

DJ Patrick Oliver – 430pm

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Locally based DJ Patrick Oliver starts off the events with an upbeat DJ setlist to get your blood pumping and excited for the rest of the night. Originally from Miami, Oliver has played at venues such as KL’s Euphoria, and served as ultra-luxe club Pangaea’s resident DJ.

Aaron James Lee Trio – 530pm

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The Aaron James Lee Trio consists three of Singapore’s top musicians: The Steve McQueens’ drummer and composer Aaron James Lee, guitarist Andrew Lim and pianist Chong Keong. All three have worked together with some truly amazing talent internationally, from playing at the O2 in London to working with other local talent such as Charlie Lim and Jeremy Monteiro, and their performance will feature swing music to get the party started.

Gilles Peterson with the Nubya Garcia Band – 7pm

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Gilles Peterson is best known as a radio presenter on BBC6 Music every Saturday afternoon, but also doubles as an international club DJ. Peterson regularly produces music and owns his own record labels, while also organising the Worldwide Awards in London and Worldwide Festival. Meanwhile, he’ll be joined by the Nubya Garcia Band alongside multi-award winner and the UK’s foremost female black jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane, said to possess a voice of sparkling clarity.

Corrinne Bailey Rae – 9pm

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Corinne Bailey Rae is undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of Day 1. Having won a Grammy Award twice with multiple R&B hits to her name, Rae’s latest album busts genres and promises that her performance will be absolutely epic, revolutionary, and mind blowing as her voice.

The Late Show – Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall F

Ernesto Enrique Trio – 10pm

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The festival doesn’t end with Rae, and the Ernesto Enrique Trio start off The Late Show at 10. Cuban composer and educator at UWC Singapore Ernesto Enriquez has performed at multiple music festivals, from local Mosaic Music Festival to the Thailand Jazz Festival, and is the perfect start to the late night performances.

Al McKay’s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience – 1130pm

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Al McKay is the former guitarist of the original Earth, Wind and Fire, which produced hits like September and Sing A Song. Even without the original band, McKay maintains the same standard of excellence with this new act, and has some serious talent in the lineup. Musicians include former EWF trumpeter Michael Harris, former members of Doobie Brothers and Tower of Power, and the vocals of Tim Owens. A true authentic experience that any EWF fan won’t want to miss!

Citrus Sun Superjam – 1am

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Incognito founder Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick produced smooth jazz side project Citrus Sun and released their debut album in 2001. Focusing on instrumentals and incorporating a more contemporary style, there’s something extremely unique about their music with their fantastic diversity and pure creative energy emanating from the talented team, a ray of sunshine in today’s jazz music scene.

Basement Jaxx – 2am

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Ending off Day 1 is UK electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, who’ve won both Brit Awards and a Grammy for their work. Their signature style of house music blends multiple genres to create a unique, but still completely danceable sound, along with collaborating with some of the best vocalists around from Yoko Ono to Siouxsie Sioux, and ensure that you’ll be partying long into the Friday night before Day 2.

Sing Jazz 2017 takes place from 31 March to 2 April at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets available here. For more information and the full lineup, check out their website here.

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