There can't be many bands with a piano and an organ in the front line. There are few better exponents of Hammond organ--actually a KeyB--than Alberto Marsico ("I've never heard anybody do it better than Alberto"--Joey DeFrancesco) while Jeremy Monteiro--widely considered as the best jazz pianist in Asia--has cut it with James Moody, Michael Brecker, Jimmy Cobb, Toots Thielemans and, for twenty seven years with Ernie Watts. This is a summit meeting indeed. Guitarist Eugene Pao, drummer Shawn Kelley and tenor saxophonist Shawn Letts also bring plenty of bite--and no little finesse--to a set of hard-swinging, blues-drenched originals.read more
Though it was only a 12-hour flight from Singapore to London, for Singaporean organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine tenor saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan--who together make up the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet--the journey has, in some ways, been a much longer one; you could say it's a journey that began in 1977, when Monteiro began gigging professionally. London represented a significant milestone for all these musicians. The four musicians grinned broadly as they posed for a photo outside Pizza Express on Dean Street, and little wonder. It may seem like ...read more
Jeremy Monteiro has come a long way since starting out as a professional jazz pianist when not quite seventeen, back in 1977. As a leader, he's recorded over twenty albums, though it wasn't until Homecoming (Jazznote, 2007) that he released one of all-original compositions. A fine interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Monteiro is also a notable composer in his own right, as this compilation, Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1, demonstrates. Released as part of his fiftieth birthday celebration, the original material here stretches from his much vaunted Montreux appearance in 1988 to a performance in Borneo in June, 2010. ...read more
Jeremy Monteiro Big BnadGrand Ballroom, Ritz CarltonSingaporeJuly 30, 2010 Since '77 pianist/composer Jeremy Monteiro has helped to place Singapore on the map through his role as a jazz ambassador. To celebrate his fiftieth birthday Monteiro assembled his seventeen-piece big band joined by a number of special guests and led a swinging performance in front of a packed ballroom at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The lavish event was part of the ongoing fund-raising efforts of Community Chest which supports 72 charities throughout Singapore. Specifically, Community Chest supports critical social service programmes which help children with ...read more
In a career spanning thirty years, Singaporean pianist Jeremy Monteiro has done it all. He's played with everyone from Michael Brecker to Charlie Haden, from James Moody to Toots Thielemans and from Cassandra Wilson to Simon and Garfunkel. He has performed all over the world and his performance at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival alongside bassist Eldee Young and drummer Red Holt was described by festival director Claude Nobbs as, an unforgettable set which will remain a classic concert of the first twenty-two years of Montreux.
His phenomenal piano playing aside, Monteiro has directed his ...read more
Jeremy Monteiro has recorded around twenty albums in two decades, yet surprisingly this is the pianist's first offering of entirely original compositions in fourteen years. They confirm, however, what anyone who has seen him in concert already knows: firstly, that he writes sensitive, well-crafted tunes, and secondly, that as a pianist he is at the top of the tree.
Ably supported by his regular trio members, Syracuse, New York drummer Shawn Kelley and Melbourne bassist Belinda Moody, and augmented by the muscular tones of sax legend Ernie Watts, Monteiro leads the way through a wonderfully rich and varied ...read more