I’m Dawn Ho, one of the directors for WLJ SG and I am both delighted and excited to share with you the happenings of our last event : We Love Jazz Participatory Series #3 – Listening and Sharing Session.
Even after a short break from our biggest annual event – We Love Jazz Party, the team was still feeling rather pooped and needed to recover from all that hard work! But we still wanted to keep the ball rolling and continue sharing our love for jazz no matter how big or small the event. So for the third installation of WLPS, I decided to create a simple and yet effective way for our beloved jazz community to come together and once again celebrate their love for jazz through a – Listening and Sharing Session.
Listening is one of, if not the most important aspect of music. The idea is to pick some tunes one would like to share during the session, submit it to the event facilitator (which was me) and the group would listen to it and the person who picked the tune gets to share about why they love this tune and so on, and the group also gets to share their thoughts on the tune.
So on the 21st of September a small group of jazz lovers gathered at Artistry – one of our friendliest and most supportive collaborators (17 Jalan Pinang). Tunes were picked and submitted during registration and the session began. Even with a modest turnout, what was estimated to be a 2 hour event – in the mix of great jazz, chicken wings, fries and beer – stretched out to 4.5 hours! Tunes kept rolling in – from Wes Montgomery to Ray Charles to Art Blakey and many many more – and the sharing from everyone was fun, free, nostalgic, educational and illuminating for all who were present. Here are some pictures we took of the event!
We also had a nice little merchandise corner set up where people could peruse and purchase our T shirts and tote bags, loving designed especially for WLJ SG by local artist Pixin! Huge love to those who came and bought our goodies!!! 🙂
For me the best part of WLJPS 3 – Listening and Sharing Session was that whether it was a seasoned jazz practitioner, young jazz understudy, hobbyist or jazz aficionado or someone completely new to jazz (aka the curious cats), everyone went home feeling great and full in their hearts through sharing and listening to this music we hold so close to our hearts. I certainly look forward to hosting the next one and seeing more and more people come for this incredibly simple and yet fulfilling experience. Viva la Jazz!!
Special thanks to Kai Chin and Andrew who specially brought down their hi-fi amps and speakers to lend us the best listening experience possible. To Munir to kindly volunteered to man the registration and donations booth. Last but not least to the wonderful people of Artistry for giving us a space to let this happen!
For those who are interested (or those who came and wanted a recap), full list of tunes shared that night can be found here:
PATRICIA BARBER – ORIGINAL
IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I
BILL EVANS – SOLO SESSIONS #1
PAT METHENY – ROAD TO YOU (LIVE)
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS FEAT. FREDDIE HUBBARD
DIZZY GILLESPIE, FREDDIE HUBBARD, CLARK TERRY – TRUMPET SUMMIT
OLD DEVIL MOON
MILES DAVIS – BLUE HAZE
KOLN CONCERT #1
JOHNNY HARTMAN – TO MILES
WELCOME TO A PRAYER
PAT MARTINO – LIVE AT YOSHI’S
SWEET & PUNGENT
GENIUS AFTER HOURS
I SURRENDER DEAR
BODY & SOUL
BODY & SOUL
NAT KING COLE
MY FAVORITE THINGS
BILL EVANS – SOLO SESSIONS #1
This is yours truly Dawn Ho, one of the directors for We Love Jazz SG. Its been a pleasure as always and I wish you guys a great weekend ahead. See you at our next event!! Keep watching this space and subscribe to our site for news on exciting things for jazz in Singapore!
Listening is one of the most important aspect in music and this month, WLJ SG would like to gather all music fans to share and listen to jazz.
Whether you are a practitioner or a curious music enthusiast, this session encourages you to share, listen and discuss about your favourite tunes in a group setting. Individuals are also welcome to participate as listeners. Be ready to walk away with a new found knowledge of jazz at the end of the day.
Find out more information how the event works by clicking on our peatix link here. Sharing slots are limited, so book your seats today!
Thank you SO much for buying our tickets online, off-line, liking our post, emailing us inquiries. We are still very excited to present the acts we have. Bring your parents. Siblings, friends, frememies, partners, sensei, neighbors – time to activate all people to come gather at We Love Jazz Party 2017 to show them what Singapore jazz is like! and here is the time table for y’all. Read through this post, as there are few good stuff.
Event schedule (time table)
We are featured on the Straits Times & Berita Harian!
The Improv Company & Freebies
(1) Event schedule (time table) : WLJP2017
Here is your time table!
The timing might change a little bit due to technical and human nature, but we are sticking to the order, and hope to keep it as smooth as possible.
(1) We are featured on the Straits Times & Berita Harian!
Our special guest, the Singapore Jazz Legend Julai Tan is largely featured and we are very happy we are able to have this amazing jazz man who has lived through many musical moments. Please have a read. He is on Day 2.
We are very happy for these coverage! Thank you Eddino Hadi and Kak Haryani for great articles!
(3) The Improv Company & Free stuff
We are very happy to have these guys on board – our ‘Saudara Mara’ (‘The relative’) The Improv Company is offering *ALL WLJP2017 TICKET HOLDERS* a FREE ADMISSION to one of their introductory sessions,
held every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, 4-6 pm.
INSIDER STORY : We Love Jazz SG director Aya Sekine visited this workshop. After that she decided to invite them to perform for WLJP2017 BOTH NIGHTS. It was so much fun she couldn’t resist to include them as the ‘relative’ of jazz!!!!
**Free admission flyer will be sent to ALL ticket holders via email.
Get colourful and exciting under the artistic guidance of Dr Tim’Odwyer as he leads you into real-time composition with Soundpainting – a universal multidisciplinary sign language created by Walter Thompson.
As the slots are limited, reserve yours today and join us as an audience or participant.
Voice it out with Shun Sakai – an iconic jazz vocalist from Japan this month, and get hypnotised by her soulfulness and extraordinary talent. Be ready to have some fun improvisation with Hapi Drums🥁 at the state-of-the-art and cozy Palm Ave Float Club! 😊😇 You don’t have to be a vocalist to take part. Find out more in the peatix link here.
There are only 25 tickets available for this exclusive event, so grab your tickets now!
This is Aya Sekine, one of the directors of WLJ SG.
It’s been a month since we have completed our biggest project since our inception last September. The month of April was a little crazy for all of us, so it took us a while to look back and reflect – let me walk you through how we were involved!
We did it! : Jazz At the Red Dot (JARD) Workshop 2017
It’s a long story and going backwards, but just to give you a summary, on 16th April Sunday, we have finished our first mega project in partnership with non-profit Jazz Asia. This inaugural 9-day Jazz At The RedDot Workshop was programmed by New York City based guitarist / educator Rory Stuart and his exciting 6 other faculty members were consisted of hottest of the NY Jazz scene and that means the world : Camila Meza (vocal) Jason Palmer (trumpet) John Ellis (saxophone) Aaron Goldberg (piano) Ben Williams (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) – how about this crazy line up!
WLJ SG’s role for JARD 2017
We were referred to Jazz Asia from interesting places, and just as we wanted to reach out to them, they came to us from the right source. We felt it was a meant-to-be work for us. We are jazz-activists who believe in indigenous roots, and in inclusive sharing spirit of the knowledge and community building – which this workshop was all about. We are hungry for inspirations, and so we took the offer because we felt this initiative was really good for our jazz & improvised music community of Singapore.
Our task was mainly in management and operation of the workshop, providing logistics, administrative, marketing and operations support which started about a month prior to the workshop.
The project manager was Dawn Ho, one of our directors, assisted by Clarice Handoko, a friend and a new addition to our team (coincidently, they are both jazz vocalists, and yoga lovers). They have worked hard to gather & helm a team of 19 (4 managers and 15 admins) operating the workshop on the day-to-day basis, including liaising with the program director Rory Stuart (The New School Of Music) and Munib Madni, the executive director of Jazz-Asia.
Our team had our head quarter office set-up at *SCAPE, run our daily tasks such as ushering students to respective class rooms, supplying photocopies and giving directions to faculties who are new to Singapore – we are the hands and legs of the people.
We have also prepared a survey form (paper, and Google Drive both) to get a feedback from the participants. Together with JA, we believe this is a really important part because if we will continue to work on this project, it has to improve. Our team, JA directors and Rory are all very focused in smallest detail for workshop quality, admin, and also for us, our own internal management.
Saxophone masterclass with John Ellis
Program director Rory Stuart’s ensemble
Jason Palmer and his ‘guided listening’ how a lot of jazz has influenced Hiphop – and how he does that
Aaron Goldberg at work
Staff working hard to open the plastic for graduation lunch…
The first day assembly with all participants, faculty and us management team
The chief manager Raf.
Project manager Dawn and Kimberly, our manager
Greg Hutchinson’s drum masterclass
Concert at Singapore Botanical Gardens
Ben Williams and his bass masterclass
Camila Mezza’s ensemble
Photos by Beng Hui Eu
Despite the hard hard workload especially for the on-site managers (Dawn, Rafee & Kimberly) we gained new friendships, loads of inspirations and an outlook for bright future of even better version – JARD 2018.
Voluntary jazz appreciation workshop project at Spectra Secondary School with The US Embassy
Besides running JARD workshop, we were also assigned to facilitate/co-program a voluntary Jazz appreciation workshop at Spectra Secondary School in Woodlands, with JARD faculties performing and sharing their love for this indigenous music of America, Jazz.
How this project came to us.
Spectra school is chaperoned by US Embassy who has sponsored the JARD graduation concert at the Singapore Botanical Gardens, so in return with thanks, JA’s founder Munib asked if we would like to program and manage it on a voluntary basis, and of course, yes! Myself as the main coordinator for this particular event, it was such an amazing journey working with Mr. Syed Abdillah (Spectra), Ms. Allyson Coyne (US Embassy) and with JARD program director Rory – I believe we’ve all learned so much through this experience, from kids and faculty of this very special school.
This was a spectacular collaboration in many ways. First of all, Spectra Secondary school is an AMAZING place to be. When we visited the school for the first time for the meeting, the program coordinator Syed took us around and we (Munib, Allyson and myself) were all equally impressed how thought-out the school system was, not to mention how kids were all smiling and greeting us every time we bumped into them!
Spectra Secondary School is ‘a specialized school for Normal Technical students’ according to their website. Their school vision of “Every student equipped to lead a fulfilling life.” also the school principal quotes from African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” – theseresonatedwith us so strongly, we felt it was really the right occasion, to be involved in this project via Jazz at The RedDot initiative. Please do go to their school website, and read their school philosophy and mission & vision. It’s really what all humans must believe in…Do read about Spectra’s vision [ here ].
Going back to the workshop– instead of putting an album with our iPhone snaps, why not you please take a look at this beautiful album “Jazz @ Spectra” by the school on their Facebook page : [ Here ]
We would like to thank Spectra school’s fabulous faculty – Syed, Nuriman, all the teachers accompanying kids, and the US Embassy for bringing us this opportunity to work with music and people who are so strong, pushing forward their beliefs. We are very fortunate to have been part of it! From WLJ SG team, Namie joined to help me move the instruments around and manage things with me. By the way, the instruments we used for the workshop were fully sponsored by The Analog Factory (TAF) – these guys are a true gem. Thank you Keith and TAF for your generous support for this very important initiative.
Now a real THANK YOU, JARD 2017!
So the crazy 2 weeks have ended safely, and we would like to finally thank everyone.
Firstly, to the people who inspired all of us to the bones – the faculty : Rory Stuart (guitar), Camila Meza (vocal), Jason Palmer (trumpet), John Ellis (saxophone), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Ben Williams (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) – we really needed all the teachings from them (even though most of us were busy running around, we still had opportunities to sit-in in the bigger classes).
Thank you to the big contributors behind the scene : Clement Chow, The Analog Factory, The US Embassy of Singapore, Bass Loft & Brandon Wong for contributing generously to make this initiative happen!
Also we would like to thank our passionate supporter, Mr. Dan Cerf, who has given a scholarship for an individual who is driven and with artistic integrity : James Gunawan was carefully selected by Mr.Cerf out of all the application and their vision for jazz community of Singapore. You can read James’ reflection about the workshop [ here ]
And we would like to thank all 70 participants of the workshop, the ambassadors and LITP (Local Teacher Instruction Program) personnels, everyone who came out to Singapore Botanical Garden for the graduation concert, all Jazz-Asia staff, and Munib ‘DLL’ Madni, for believing in WLJ SG.
And last but not least, yay to Team WLJ SG :
Project manager : Dawn Ho
Operation manager : Clarice Handoko
On-site Managers : Rafee & Kimberly
Administrative crew : Marian, Adeline, Beatrice, Carissa, Kelly, Kim, Marian, Munees, Regina, Samantha, Seraphina, Shiang Ting, Torey
HQ crew : Ashlee, Namie, Aya
Next year, we will up our game so we can get even more inspirations, milk the occasion to the maximum!
See you all at JARD 2018!
What’s next? : SPEAKLOW! Speakeasy Music Sessions Vol.8
After JARD 2017, we have organised UNESCO’s International Jazz Day 2017 which we have shared some photos on our Facebook page, but now we are preparing for upcoming event : 27th May 2-5pm SPEAKLOW! Speakeasy Music Sessions Vol.8 with phenomenal Japanese jazz vocal / improvisor Shun Sakai. This event is also special as we collaborate with new venue partner Palm Avenue Float Club, Kembangan!
This event will be partially a participatory improvisation workshop with voice – no need to be a vocalist to join, but please make sure you sign up immediately when we publish the event, as it is limited to 25 people! PAFC Kembangan is such a cozy little space, we love it so much.
See you on 27th May, Saturday. It’s an afternoon event, we will be done by 6pm. Details coming up very soon – do mark the date for now 🙂
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