The 2022 Jazz Association Benefit Gala raises over $700,000 in a spirited musical evening The 2022 Jazz Association Benefit Gala (JASS) raises over $700,000
What happens when two of the country’s biggest jazz and pop stars take the stage together? You have a party on your hands. You are also well aware of the phenomenal talent that abounds on Singapore’s shores. That’s exactly what happened when Nathan Hartono and Joanna Dong juggled emcee duties with a compelling set of jazz standards at the recent 2022 Jazz Association (JASS) Benefit Gala.
Held at the Shangri-La Singapore, the duo, alongside swing king Jeremy Monteiro and orchestras from the Jazz Association Singapore, serenaded some 500 donors, sponsors and supporters with Sinatra’s Night and day, it had to be you, come fly with meand Dong’s now signature rendition of Wo Yao Ni De Ai.
The first full-fledged in-person gala hosted by an arts company in Singapore since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the JASS Benefit Gala 2022 was a triple celebration of Monteiro’s 45th career anniversary, the legend’s 121st birthday jazz Louis Armstrong, and the 6th anniversary of the Jazz Association (Singapore).
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Honored by Indranee Rajah, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and well attended by Singaporean high society as well as members of the diplomatic corps, the gala raised more than $700,000 this year. The annual benefit raises funds to support its mission of fostering excellence in jazz and making Singapore a city of jazz.
“Our JASS journey has only just begun,” said Monteiro, Executive Director and Music Director of JASS. “To date, we have supported nine scholars in their jazz studies in Singapore and abroad. We are also continuing our work to support eligible jazz musicians affected by the crisis through the JASS Crisis Fund.
“Looking forward, JASS will strengthen our community outreach, ensuring that jazz continues to be inclusive and reaches people of all ages. This will be done through partnerships, for example ART:DIS (formerly known as the name of Very Special Arts). We also want to catalyze symphonic jazz by bringing together jazz musicians and classical musicians. In this way, not only do we bring the musical community together, we also bring together the community and lovers of orchestral music and of jazz within this new enlarged space.