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After numerous performances here in Singapore, including TV appearances (such as "Tonight with Gurmit" on TCS 5 and "Jam!" on Arts Central), as well as festival performances at the Kutchan International Jazz Festival in Japan and at the Jacaranda Jazz Festival in Australia, the Thomson Big Band has developed into Singapore's premier large scale jazz ensemble. It performs a wide range of music from the swing era up to the present day, in addition to music specially composed for the group by local musicians Jeremy Monteiro and Iskandar Ismail.

Formed in 1993, the band has had a long history of public and private performances, which have included the launch of M1, the President's Star Charity, and Convivia (Singapore's first international beer festival), where we worked with Jacintha Abishnegarden and Marina Xavier. The band has also had a long association with the NAC and we have performed for them at HDB heartland concerts and at the Botanic Gardens as part of their annual series of concerts.

In May 2001, Thomson Big Band was given the honour of opening the SIA International Jazz Festival with sax master Ernie Watts and bassist/singer Eldee Young. The band worked again with Eldee when it accompanied him during the 2001 COMPASS Awards, where Eldee was lauded for his contributions to music. In November 2001 it travelled to Thailand to open the Bangkok Jazz Festival, performing some of the music of HM the King of Thailand. Most recently, it was the live band in the Asian Television Awards 2001 on Channel 5, when it accompanied Anita Sarawak, Babes Condes and Mariel Rivera as well as provided incidental music for the show. top

As the premier ensemble of Thomson Jazz Club, Thomson Big Band continues to perform on the local and international stage. In April 2002, the band travelled to Bombay to take part in JazzYatra ("Jazz Pilgrimage") in an evening of music dedicated to Singapore Jazz. In a concert in the centre of the city, Thomson Big Band and Jeremy Monteiro entertained a large crowd.

The current line-up of musicians are :-

Saxophones:
Wang Twee Kiang, Wouter Verheyen
Stephen Rufus, Adam Davey, George Leong

Trumpets:
Chua Siong Loo, Susan Harmer, Wayne Elliott

Trombones:
Regan Wickman, Goh Jenn Woei, Desmond Zeng
Pisit Piriyaporn

Rhythm:
Simon Hughes, Ko Heon Giuhn


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Thomson Big Band at a private function held at the Shangri-la Hotel (Nov 2008)
 
 

 

 


 

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