Looking for live jazz featuring talented local bands? These jazz clubs have your number, situated in Orchard, Kampong Glam, and even Sentosa
Ask any punter what’s the most complicated yet exceptional genre of music, it’s likely they’ll tell you it’s jazz. Steering clear from rigid structures, jazz is a labyrinthine art-form that toys with unconventional arrangements, time signatures, and scales; a free-flowing craft where jazz musicians exhibit both fluidity and precision. But even if you’re not a jazz junkie, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to appreciate this timeless tradition; these classy jazz clubs in Singapore – and live music venues that play jazz – make the genre accessible to all with frequent sessions featuring flawless musicians. Even if you need a cocktail in your belly to get in the mood, these bars have you covered too.
The new bar and live music venue finds its home in Pan Pacific Hotel, and boasts an aesthetic that’s part-suave, part-noir. On one end, you’ll spot sleek couches resting against cabinets displaying chic ‘personal belongings’ of Lulu that ooze with class and charm, while on the other, you’ll be mesmerised by raw brick walls tainted by graffiti and ultraviolet scribbles. And to top off the ambience, there’ll be nightly live jazz gigs and top-notch DJ sets spinning everything from hip-hop to dancehall.
Lulu’s Lounge, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, p. 6336 8111. Lulu’s Lounge will be open on Wednesday through Saturday from 9pm to 6am.
Montreux Jazz Café
Montreux Jazz Cafe is a new jazz sanctuary that has just opened up in the heart of town at Pan Pacific Orchard, and we reckon it’s one Ella Fitzgerald would sing praises of. The music gets unrulier as the night rolls on, as bands switch it up from tranquil jazz to bouncy blues, and even classy renditions of downtempo pop classics. Hungry? Sink your teeth into cosmopolitan treats like char-grilled lamb racks and wagyu beef carpaccios. Music to your ears? Read our full review of Montreux Jazz Cafe.
Montreux Jazz Café, #01-02 Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540. Open Mon-Sun 12pm-late.
Aside from being an Italian restaurant with a wicked Marina Bay view – and home to the longest brunch in town – Monti is where you’ll find live jazz every evening. Grab a cocktail, and be mesmerised by the likes of jazz bands and extraordinary soloists; big names who have graced the stage here include Melissa Tham and the legendary Jeremy Monteiro.
Monti, Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049213. p. 6535 0724.
With its distinctive old-world charm, Bob’s Bar at Capella Singapore feels like a step back in time to the heady days of 1950s Havana. Similarly, the music here is Cuban-inspired, having hosted live performances by the likes of the King of Swing himself, Jeremy Monteiro and his Latin Jazz Trio. Expect a total treat for the senses; this bar is also housed within one of Sentosa’s grandest hotels.
Bob’s Bar, 1 The Knolls, Capella Hotel, Sentosa, p. 6591 5047. Open daily 12pm-12am.
Blu Jaz Café
A joint that needs no introduction amongst jazz fans and underground punters, this establishment is one reason why the Haji Lane area is so awfully hip. On certain dates – keep track of our parties of the month feature – you can find hip-hop and bass acts setting this spot ablaze. But more frequently, to the delight of jazz connoisseurs, the ground floor hosts free-flowing jazz bands that are open to improv, churning out choons as smooth as butter.
Blu Jaz Café, 11 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848, p. 6292 3800. Open Mon-Thu 12pm-1am, Fri 12pm-2an, Sat 4pm-2am, closed on Sun.
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