Sometimes we yearn for a bit of jazz, the laid back, irreverent music that suggests infinite possibilities and the scene is on the up here, after being very popular in the 1950s and 60s. One of the big names, Louis Armstrong, even paid a visit to check out the Singapore jazz scene at Raffles Hotel. Jazz is laisse-faire, improvisation is king, it’s constantly evolving and the style rests with the singer or musician delivering it. If you are after some toe-tapping moments and an escape that only music can offer, here’s four places where you can find it in Singapore.
Sultan and Jazz
A changing line-up of local and international acts perform in the cool bar of this gorgeous restored heritage building in the heart of Kampong Glam. It’s sophisticated and classy and has a great cocktail and whisky list to get stuck into.
The Sultan Jazz Club
Daily (except Monday) from 9pm. $15 entry
2 floor, Sultan Hotel, 101 Jalan Sultan.
Make reservations online
Jazz and Whisky
B28’s jazz nights have been around for a couple of years and have such a following that you’ll need to reserve a spot on one of their comfy sofas. It’s all about whisky in this basement bar, so loosen up with a wee dram of your favourite tipple (we like the Laphroig). On Friday and Saturday nights, doors open at 8pm and there’s live jazz (a mix of local and international acts) from 10.30pm, $15 entry.
The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road
Reservations to TimothyBarnes@BTwentyEight.com or phone 8350 2952
Chocolate and Jazz
What a combination. The jazz is an accompaniment to the main event: the chocolate buffet, but why not? Get stuck into the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s famed chocolate buffet or settle in to those plush sofas with an elegant cocktail while the jazz quartet and resident singer, Jenny Cusay set the swinging mood.
Fullerton Bay Hotel, The Landing Point
Friday and Saturday: 8 – 11pm
For reservations, call 6597 5277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz and Halia
Halia at Raffles Hotel livens up the grand old dame with jazz on Saturday nights. Resident performers The Jeremy Monteiro Organ Trio liven up the open-air courtyard setting with a throwback to music popular in the 1950s. With a Hendrick cocktail in hand and some tasty bar bites (we recommend the deep fried squid and truffle fries) and a seat near a fan (it can get sticky), this is a step back in time.
Every Saturday at 9pm to 9.45pm, 10pm to 10.45pm and 11pm to 11.45pm
The Halia at Raffles Hotel, Beach Road