Singapore Arts Festival 2003 Presents Jeremy Monteiro NYC Trio with Special Guest Toots Thielemans (Singapore/USA/Belgium)


Jeremy Monteiro NYC Trio



with Special Guest Toots Thielemans (Singapore/USA/Belgium)


 Date:  18 & 19 June 
 Time:  8 pm 
 Venue:  Victoria Concert Hall 
 Tickets:  $82, $62, $42, $22
 Duration:  100 minutes (with intermission) 


Sponsored by The Shaw Foundation


Accommodation by Sheraton Towers Singapore


“Jazz knows no boundaries and Singapore harbours one of the best exponents of jazz piano… Jeremy Monteiro.” ~ Swing Magazine of Switzerland


 “Probably more than any other jazz musician, Toots Thielemans has always been in the awkward position of standing alone, that is, there is nobody else to compare him to. It is difficult to dredge up more than two or three names in all the history of jazz whose fame rests on their ability to play jazz on the harmonica.” ~ The Jazz Report


It is the show jazz aficionados here have been waiting for.


“Singapore’s King of Swing” and 2002 Cultural Medallion recipient, jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro, brings together two of New York’s prominent jazz musicians, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson for two nights of performances in the Festival.  And if you happen to catch familiar strains from the Theme from Sesame Street, it is because jazz harmonica legend Toots Thielemans is performing alongside the Jeremy Monteiro NYC Trio.


Thielemans has been hailed by long-time collaborator arranger-producer Quincy Jones as “one of the greatest musicians of our time”.  And although he first picked up the nondescript harmonica as a hobby, Jean “Toots” Thielemans is now widely credited for making people take notice of the harmonica as a solo jazz instrument in its own right.


Nicknamed "Toots" after musicians Toots Mondello and Toots Camarata, 81 year-old Thielemans has worked with the likes of Jones, Benny Goodman, Pepper Adams, Kenny Drew and accompanied vocalists like Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Diana Krall.  His musical brilliance as harmonica soloist was also immortalized in film scores of movies like Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway, Sugarland Express and Cinderella Liberty.


After 25 years as composer, arranger, producer and performer, and with 21 albums to his credit, Monteiro has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as James Moody, Ernie Watts, Vanessa Rubin as well as Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.  In 1988, he performed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, and in the same year, the Swing Magazine of Switzerland hailed him as "one of the best exponents of Jazz Piano".


Drummer Nussbaum plays the entire gamut of jazz styles on the drums, from bebop to avant-garde jazz and has performed with Thielemans, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Gil Evans, John Scofield, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow and John Abercrombie.  Bassist Anderson is band mate of Jeremy Monteiro in the Asia/America All Stars, a group led by famed Japanese trumpeter, Terumasa Hino. He has also released two albums of the famed DMP label “ Next Exit” and “Local Colour”, which have received worldwide critical acclaim. Anderson has also performed with the likes of Theielemans, Michael Brecker, Joe Sample, Frank Zappa, Kenny Werner, Michel Legrand, Celine Dion and many others.


Together, the Trio and Thielemans will perform a selection of well-loved, swinging jazz tunes from a repertoire that includes George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, original compositions by Monteiro and Bluesette, Hard to Say Goodbye among others by Thielemans himself.


Please refer to attached annexes for more information.

  • Annex 1 – Profile of Jean “Toots” Thielemans 
  • Annex 2 – Profile of the Jeremy Monteiro NYC Trio
  • Annex 3 – Repertoire