Jeremy Monteiro has become a household name in Singapore’s jazz scene, having been hooked to the “spontaneity of jazz” and turned professional at the tender age of 16. Having been awarded the prestigious Cultural Medallion Award in 2002, the jazz legend shows no signs of slowing down in his career and is in fact, building upon the close camaraderie between jazz musicians. This Christmas, he will be warming the hearts of many at his gig Jazzy Christmas 2014 this Saturday at the Esplanade. Expect not only a stimulation of the senses, but a “stimulation on an intellectual, emotional and spiritual (not to be mistaken with religious) level.”
Trained classically, Jeremy has gained a worldwide following but the highlight of his career was when he was invited to BB King’s Club in NYC, and played alongside the late legendary jazz saxophonist James Moody.
“I have invited many great legends to play with me, but being asked to go the Mecca of jazz to play with them, that was my proudest moment.” – Jeremy
Outside of his music career, Jeremy enjoys the simple pleasures such as unwinding by catching up on his favourite TV serials or riding his bike through Bishan Park – yes, all you Bishan dwellers, you may just bump into him there. On a more contemplative note, he shared with us if there were someone he would like to resurrect from the dead to have dinner with, it wouldn’t be anyone famous, but his father, who died from a lightning strike. Jeremy did not get to tell him before his sudden demise, how much he respected and loved him. As we listen to his melodious jazz music that spreads the joyous yuletide cheer – we should all remember not to take our loved ones for granted.
Looking to the future, Jeremy hopes for collaborative opportunities with James Taylor. And if he had all the money in the world, he has a lofty ideal – to “go back to music school and fill in all the gaps in my information.. Then [he] would buy a house on the hill overlooking the ocean and fit it with my dream recording studio complete with a lovely Yamaha concert grand.” Spoken like a true music aficionado.
Jeremy Monteiro’s A Jazzy Christmas: Let’s Keep Christmas In Our Hearts will be held on Dec 20, 7.30pm, at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from S$30 to S$70 from SISTIC. We have a pair to giveaway here.