This is blog about my impressions of the live music “goings on” in Singapore, a lot about Jazz, but also other music styles, since there are many and access here is easy. I am including my photos for the visual effect. I will not give commentary on the quality of bands and players, I just don't know enough about that. I will update as often as I can hopefully with a view back on the week or weekend past. I hope to see you here, but also Live at any of these venues on any given Singapore Night!
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Christy Smith ao: Ooh, ooh, ooh, what a change in venue can do for you.
The process of converting the photos I take
at gigs for this blog is, considered by effort per picture, not that big.
Usually it is a bit of adjustment for light and sometimes a crop and then I am
That was not much different today. Though my thoughts did move to effort
while I was going through last night’s photos. I concluded however that the
reason must be that I had never had so many shots from one set and I don’t
think I ever selected so many for upload.
That still does not mean that I will have
placed them all when this post is done. Actually including the photo is the
last stage of selection.
I write my silly story, then I try to fit a photo in
that links a bit to the paragraph and at the end I post some more, as simple as
that. Biggest challenge is to avoid duplication.
Now how come that last night reaped so many
fruits of entertainment? It was not new faces for sure. In fact there were only
some very, very familiar faces. Faces that go back “deep” into my Singapore
history of 9 years.
The faces were in a new venue though. RedBank. Located on
top of what could have been the ceiling of Singapore’s house of blues and
sports Muddy Murphy, at least where it used to be located. It’s right through
the back door of the Orchard Hotel.
There now is a glossy new Mall ready to be
opened officially, and an equally new Bar and Grill. Tastefully decorated with
a very roomy, loungy atmosphere. The main entrance is on Claymore so it seems well located, and it definitely is a comfortable hang out. Since its first
three days of opening it is home to Christy Smith’s varying jazz ensembles.
Last night Christy had some seriously old
cats of Jazz on stage, and yes I include Melissa and Wen in this. Their added
ages may be equal to the age of the other musicians individually
Shawn Letts on Saxophone
Mario Serio on Keyboard
reputation and experience has grown well beyond their age. As jazz cats they
are old and reputable.
Wen Ming Soh on Drums
Melissa Tham vocals
It was a bit of a strange experience. I
have been thinking I had gone a little stale on the oldies or maybe on Jazz. I
had a feeling of “been there done that” and in all honesty I had a sense that
some of the musicians returned that vibe.
Last night however, I saw quite a bit
of the original luster back, on the faces as well as in the music and there was
lots and lots of color.
That of course also thanks to the ever-changing
psychedelic background. That kaleidoscope of sounds and visions made it for me
super fun to take pictures and play with expressions and the backgrounds, both of which
the musicians were mostly unaware of.
If the photos are not up to your
expectations I still urge you to go check out Christy and RedBank. With Christy’s
enthusiasm and assuming that the background will be of similar orientation you
will have a mind broadening experience.