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Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan

Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan (drums)

Chanutr Techatana-nan (aka HONG) is regarded as one of the most innovative and exciting drummers to emerge recently in the Asian jazz scene. He is best known for his groovy swing juxtaposed with exciting polyrhythmic embellishments. Chanutr has performed at such venues and events like the Thailand International Jazz Festival, Huahin Jazz Festival; “Tsunami Benefit Concert” in London, the Lincoln Center Festival 2006 in New York, Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival; Miri International Jazz Festival; Penang Island Jazz Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival. He is part of acclaimed organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro’s groups, The Asian All-Stars Power Quartet as well as Organamix. The latter was recently nominated in the Best Live Performance Category for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).

He is currently a full-time instructor and Program Coordinator (Jazz Studies) at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University and continues to perform extensively at both local and international jazz venues. He is endorsing CANOPUS drums and hardwares. (www.canopusdrums.com)

Tina May

Tina May (vocals, masterclass only)

Tina May is an international jazz singer and recording artiste. A multi award-winning vocalist and accomplished lyricist, Tina has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and theatres all over the world and has recorded with jazz legends such as Ray Bryant, Scott Hamilton, Enrico Pieranunzi.

As a student in Paris, she sang with the legendary Kenny Clarke, Roger Guerain, Dany Doriz as well as Georges Arvanitas. Tina also has several albums released under the UK record label 33 Jazz. She regularly tours with her own band and as a soloist. Tina has also taught at some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions, such as the University of West London, Leeds College, Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Eugene Pao

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Eugene Pao (guitar)

Eugene is one of Hong Kong’s most well-known jazz artists, and deservedly so. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Eugene has recorded albums featuring such legends as Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Witherspoon, Michael Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Jack DeJohnette and Marc Johnson. He has performed at such festivals as the London Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Singapore International Jazz Festival and the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival.

Dale Barlow

Dale Barlow (woodwinds, big band and masterclass only)

Dale Barlow (born Sydney, Australia, 25 December 1959) is an Australian jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing especially the tenor, alto saxophone, soprano saxophonist, baritone saxophone, and flute.

In the early 1980s Barlow moved to New York, where he was a member of two groups, the Cedar Walton Quartet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Barlow has also toured and recorded with many other jazz greats including Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Jackie McLean, Billy Cobham, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Palmieri, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Helen Merrill, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Richie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Higgins.

Since returning to Australia, Dale has received numerous awards and accolades including ; Album of the Year/ Jazz performer of the year/ International Artist of the Year/ Bicentennial Artist of the Year, four Mo Awards and numerous grants and credits for his for his achievements and contribution to the arts In Australia.

Rudi Engel

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Rudi Engel (bass)

An alumni of Musikhochschule Wurzburg, bassist Rudi Engel has worked with such luminaries as Jorge Rossy, Dick Oatts, Charlie Mariano, Ernie Watts, Tony Lakatos and Bob Mintzer. He has brought his artistry all over the world, to countries like Poland, Turkey, India, USA, UK, Spain and Austria.

Rudi is an active educator and currently holds the position of Professor of Jazz Bass Hochschule fur Musik Wurzburg.

Tan Wei Xiang

Tan Wei Xiang (piano)

A latecomer into jazz, Tan Wei Xiang started piano studies at 15 and jazz at 21 when he was in law school. A protege of Thelonious Monk’s bassist Victor Gaskin (Cannonball Adderley, Billy Taylor, Duke Ellington Orchestra etc), Wei has established himself as a first-call pianist in Singapore.

Moving to New York City in the fall of 2007, Wei has established himself as a sideperson there, having performed at venues like the Blue Note and 55 Bar, with Grammy award winners Brian Lynch and Joe Lovano. He has also shared the stage with the new generation of rising jazz stars, including Rob Scheps, Quincy Davis, Greg Glassman, Bill Saxton and Grant Stewart. Wei was named as a “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 station in the fall of 2008 for his work at churches for the homeless, as part of the Ouros Markovich Music Ministry.

Wei is currently based in Singapore, performing locally and around the region regularly. He also a full-time lecturer at the Lasalle College of the Arts.

SINGJAZZ ACADEMY SHOWCASE

6 March 2016

Sands Grand Ballroom D
Level 5, Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Marina Bay Sands

2.00pm - 2.30pm
SingJazz Little Big Band

2.30pm - 4.30pm
SingJazz Academy Ensembles

Doors open at 1.30pm
Admission is free.

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Organized By

Obris Festival Productions

In Collaboration With

Java Jazz Festival

In Collaboration With

Russing

Official Sponsor

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Official Airline

Singapore Airlines