Jazz in July 2014

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A friend alerted me to Jazz in July, a series of free concerts at the Esplanade, earlier in the month, and I, lover of live jazz, have recently been smitten by two, new-to-me, local acts.

I adore the bansuri (wooden flute) and RaghaJazz is fronted by talented flautist Raghavendran Rajasekaran, with Rachmawathi Lim on piano, Jase Ng on bass, Kumaran Palaniappan on tabla, and Jit Seng on drums. The group’s compositions combine Indian classical music elements with jazz and creates music that is inextricably tied, IMO, to the artists’ multifaceted identities. Here is a clip of RaghaJazz’s “Jazz in July” performance.

Gypsyfication is Singapore’s only jazz manouche (Django Reinhardt-inspired) guitar jazz band. The band, guitarists Alvin Wong and Stefan Mockenhaupt, double bassist Yi Zhe Seow, and flautist Lester Ang, came together earlier this year and have been performing around town to great acclaim. Here is a clip of Gypsyfication’s debut at Artistry Cafe.

Dear readers who dig jazz: who are your favorite local/regional artists, and where do you listen to live music?

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