Jeremy Monteiro

Dubbed Singapore’s King of Swing, Jeremy Ian Monteiro (b. 20 June 1960, Singapore–) is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician.1 Since the 1970s, Monteiro has performed in Singapore as a resident artiste or with bands, and in many festivals worldwide. Monteiro was notably the first Singaporean to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988 and the first jazz musician to be conferred the Cultural Medallion in 2002.2 In 2019, when jazz was introduced into the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level music syllabus, his work as a jazz musician was included in the subject.3 Monteiro is a co-founder and board director of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore.4

Early life
Jeremy Monteiro is the oldest child of Abner and Edna Monteiro, a policeman-turned-marketing executive and a nurse respectively, who were both musically adept. He is Eurasian and has two younger sisters, Sheila and Claressa; the latter is a professional jazz singer.5

At the age of three, Monteiro already showed a strong interest in music. He sang, created his own drum set, and played the melodica and toy pianos.6 When Monteiro was six, he played on a full-sized organ in front of his father’s friends, who urged his father to provide Monteiro with a proper music education. Soon after, he took piano lessons but lost interest after a few years and even injured himself to avoid piano practice.7 At 11, he was introduced to Tan Tze Tong, a piano teacher who rekindled Monteiro’s love for music, and by 14, he had decided to become a full-time musician.8

His music career
Monteiro’s music career began at 16 when he performed his first gig at the now defunct Country Club Hotel in 1976.9 After completing his GCE O-level exams, he became the bandleader at Club 392 in 1977, performing with Rahim Hamid, Rahimah Rahim and Tony Castillo.10 In the same year, he was engaged to be a session pianist with the label EMI Records, in addition to being a music director at Polygram Records between 1984 and 1989.11 In both record companies, he worked with well-known artistes like Frances Yip, Anita Sarawak, Matthew and the Mandarins, Tracy Huang, Teresa Teng, and other Singapore and Malaysian icons on more than 300 albums.

In 1978, the 18-year-old Monteiro ghost-produced and arranged Rahimah Rahim’s album Penghibor di Rantau, composing the song “Rindu Di-Dalam Lagu” with Yusnor Ef, a prolific lyricist and Cultural Medallion recipient.12 Monteiro later established himself as a jingle writer when he started his company JJ Jingles in 1981. This was his main source of income for the next 10 years.13

In 1985, Monteiro penned the song “Too Late to Say” with his friend Robin Macatangay. It was the only Singaporean work selected as one of the 15 finalists out of more than 4,000 entries for the international musical competition, the Isle of Wight Song Festival.14

Monteiro’s career as an international jazz musician achieved a breakthrough when he played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988 as part of the band Monteiro, Young & Holt.15 Unable to get sponsors, he funded the venture out of his own pocket and through a fundraising concert.16 He was the first Singaporean to perform at the Festival and received standing ovation.17 He also co-founded the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore and currently serves as one of its board directors.18

In late 1995, Monteiro went on a three-month world tour to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, the United States and Canada. This marked the start of his frequent overseas engagements, which were partly due to the falling number of local jazz clubs.19

In 2001, Monteiro became the music director for the first Singapore International Jazz Festival and started the Jazzy Christmas series in 2003, a regular Christmas event at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.20 He also spearheaded Jazznote Festival as part of the Singapore Arts Festival in 2007.21

Over the years, he has played at various hotels, clubs and bars as the resident artiste or as part of a band. These include overseas venues – including Shangri-La Hotel Kowloon (Hong Kong)22 and The Living Room at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit23 (Bangkok) – and local ones, such as the Tiara Supper Club at Shangri-La Hotel (as pianist with the Ortegos24 and later as Jeramzee25), Bistro Toulouse-Lautrec (opened by Goh Poh Seng),26 Saxophone Bar,27 Harry’s Quayside,28 The Bar at Regent Hotel,29 Somerset’s Club at Westin Stamford,30 Le Chateau,31 INK Club Bar at Fairmont Singapore32 and Bob’s Bar at Capella Singapore.33

As an artiste, Monteiro has recorded more than 40 albums of his own since 197634 and composed more than 700 pieces, including campaign songs and jingles.35 A collection of his scores was published in 2014.36 While he has played over 3,000 gigs as a live performer, Monteiro held his first solo concert only in 2010, more than 30 years into his music career.37 In 2016, Monteiro celebrated 40 years of being in the music business.38 He also formed the Singapore Jazz Foundation (later renamed as Jazz Association (Singapore)) in the same year with Albert Chiu, Susan Peh and Edmund Lam.39 When jazz was introduced into the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level music syllabus, his work as a jazz musician was included in the subject.40

Bands and collaborations
In February 1983, Monteiro formed his band Jeramzee, with Ramli Shariff (bassist) and Tony Zee.41 The band stayed together for almost nine years till 1991, with Eddie Jansen, Stephen Rufus and I Sunny joining the band at different times.42 Besides playing at clubs, the band played a series of concerts called “Jazz for Everyone” at colleges and community centres in 1989, which was organised by the then Ministry of Community Development.43

In 1992, Monteiro formed the band Asiana, with Mark Chan (singer), Lewis Pragasam (drummer), Eugene Pao (guitarist) and David Ina Mine (contrabassist). The band was the opening act for Simon & Garfunkel’s concert in Singapore, and Monteiro became the concert’s replacement keyboardist. The band later expanded to a team of seven at one point, toured different countries, even performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.44

Between 1992 and 1996, Monteiro was part of the Asian Jazz All-Stars Band led by Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino.45 He formed the Jeremy Monteiro Jazz Band, with his sister Claressa (vocalist), Tama Goh (drummer) and Jojo Martinez (bassist),46 as well as the jazz trio Organamix with Andrew Lim (guitarist) and Hong (Chanutr Techatana-nan) (drummer). Organamix was nominated at the 10th Independent Music Awards for their debut album Groovin’ at Groove Junction.47 Monteiro is also part of the group Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet formed in 2011.48

Besides playing with his bands, Monteiro has performed and collaborated with many local and international artistes. These include Louis Tan (Louis Soliano),49 Ernie Watts,50 Lee Ritenour,51 James Moody,52 Toots Thielemans,53 Cassandra Wilson,54 Sanip Ismail,55 Christof Sänger,56 Shawn Kelley,57 Michael and Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers),58 T’ang Quartet59 and many others.

Singapore National Day songs
In 1988, as the executive producer and music director for the Sing Singapore project launched by the then Ministry of Communications and Information, Monteiro produced an album of 47 songs. It came with a scorebook of music and lyrics and included well-known National Day songs like “Count on Me Singapore” and “Stand Up for Singapore”.60

Prior to producing this album, he was the music director and arranger for three National Day songs “Stand Up for Singapore” (1984), “Count on Me Singapore” (1986) and “We are Singapore” (1987).61 Monteiro also composed “One People, One Nation, One Singapore” with lyricist Jim Aitchison, which was selected as the 1990 National Day song.62

Businesses and labels
Between 1981 and 1991, Monteiro ran a successful business, JJ Jingles. He wrote jingles for local national productivity and courtesy campaigns, and commercials for multinational companies like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. However, faced with competition and financial struggles from his other ventures, Monteiro sold JJ Jingles to Rediffusion Malaysia, a cable radio company.63 In 1992, he started a new company, Monteiro Music, also creating jingles, but with a downsized set-up in his home.64

In 1987, Monteiro founded the events company JJ’s Showtime Promotions (now Showtime Productions), which still operates today.65 He launched his own recording labels JJ Jazz in 1990 – Singapore’s first jazz label66 – and Jazznote Records in 2004.67

In 1994, Monteiro managed and performed at Jeremy’s Jazz and Blues Café at Liang Court.68 After the club closed in September the same year, he teamed up with Europa to open his own club, Jeremy’s Jazz & Blues Club, in December 1994 at the basement of International Building.69 This club was short-lived as well, closing in March 1995.70

In 2011, Monteiro opened a jazz school, Monteiro Music School, which is accredited by the London College of Music.71

Music ventures aside, Monteiro launched his own watch brand, J. Monteiro, in 2016.72

Accolades and appointments
In 1990, he became an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Los Angeles Chapter), which granted him voting status at the Grammy Awards, a right he exercised between 1991 and 2002.73

He won the silver medal in 1991 at the New York International Advertising Awards for best original music with the piece “Overture in C Major: The Story of Singapore”, which he composed as an overture to “One People, One Nation, One Singapore”.74 It was also the only finalist in the category for Best Original Music at the 1991 London International Advertising Awards.75

Locally, he was appointed chairman of the Economic Development Board’s Music Industry Task Force in the 1990s and was an arts advisor to the National Arts Council,76 where he served as a council member between 2006 to 2010.77 He also chaired the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award music selection committee in 2019.78

In October 2002, Monteiro became the first jazz musician and one of the youngest artists to receive the Cultural Medallion, the highest honour in Singapore’s arts scene, for his contribution to the local jazz scene and as the first Singaporean jazz musician to be recognised internationally.79 The next year, he was the recipient of the humanitarian award “Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart” by Sri Chinmoy, leader of the interfaith Peace Meditation at the United Nations.80

In 2006, Monteiro was the first Singaporean to be appointed professor and visiting chair of jazz of LASALLE College of the Arts’ jazz programme.81 In the same year, he also became a Fellow of the London College of Music, and later a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in 2007.82

In 2013, he was appointed by the Swiss Bank, EFG International, as its International Arts Ambassador.83

Major festivals
1988: Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland84
1988, 2001: Pori Jazz Festival, Finland85
1995: Mount Fuji Jazz Festival, Japan86
2001: Singapore International Jazz Festival87
2009: Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Scotland88
2010–15: London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom89
2010: Saveurs Jazz Festival, France90

Selected albums
1986: Back to Basics91
1988: Faces and Places92
1989: Monteiro, Young & Holt: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 198893 (re-issued in 2011)94
1990: Always in Love95
1990: Blues for the Saxophone Club96 (re-issued in 2001)97
1991: Christmas at Home98
1993: My Foolish Heart, An Acoustic Anthology99 (re-released in 2000)100
1996: Lucky Green Blues101
2000: The Girl from Ipanema102
2002: Jeremy Monteiro & Friends:Swinging in Chicago103
2006: Homecoming104
2009: Singapore Swing: a jazz album of Singapore songs105
2010: Groovin’ at Groove Junction106
2010: Compositions107
2011: The Asian Jazz All-stars Power Quartet Live at the Living Room Jazz Festival – Bangkok108
2014: Jazz-Blues Brothers109
2014: Christmas in Our Hearts110
2015: 恭喜 Gong Xi!111
2015: To Paris with Love112
2016: Montage113
2016: Brazilian Dreams114
2017: With a Little Help from My Friends115
2018: Remembering Teresa116
2018: Yesterday Once More117
2019: Overjoyed118

Parents: Abner and Edna Monteiro119
Siblings: Sheila and Claressa Monteiro
Wife: Josephine
Son: Varian Jermaine Joseph Monteiro120

Kong Leng Foong

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2. Kannan Chandran, “Monteiro: ‘I Feel Like a Beggar’,” Straits Times, 29 June 1988, 33; “Background: Cultural Medallion,” Straits Times, 9 October 2002, 3. (From NewspaperSG)
3. Jolene Ang, “Jazz, Popular Music and Music in Multimedia Added to O-level Syllabus,” Straits Times, 18 May 2019. (From Factiva via NLB’s eResources website)
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29. “Jeremy Moves On,” Straits Times, 1 January 1993, 8. (From NewspaperSG)
30. “Sunday Jam at Somerset’s,” Straits Times, 1 February 1991, 10. (From NewspaperSG)
31. “Live Jazz: Where it's @,” New Paper, 19 September 1998, 45. (From NewspaperSG)
32. “Club: Return of King of Swing,” Straits Times, 29 January 2010, 10. (From NewspaperSG)
33. Don Mendoza, “Jeremy Monteiro: Boozy Conversations About What Makes People Smile,” Today, 10 May 2014, 29. (From NewspaperSG)
34. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 111; Abdul Hadi, “Jazz Maestro's Mark on Music.”
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38. Christopher Lim, “Monteiro Joins BT to Fete 40 Years,” Business Times, 1 July 2016, 27. (From NewspaperSG)
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48. Eddino Abdul Hadi, “Monteiro Opens School,” Straits Times, 26 September 2011, 6. (From NewspaperSG)
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60. Kannan Chandran, “25 Singers, 600 Hours, 47 Songs,” Straits Times, 5 February 1988, 5. (From NewspaperSG)
61. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 110; Catherine Ong, “We are Singapore,” Straits Times, 7 August 1987, 1; Catherine Ong, “Counting on Clement, our 'Singapore Boy’,” Straits Times, 1 August 1986, 31; “Really, a Canadian?New Paper, 27 July 2013, 2–3. (From NewspaperSG); Abdul Hadi, “Jazz Maestro's Mark on Music.”
62. “To the Nation, from the People,” Straits Times, 30 December 1989, 2. (From NewspaperSG)
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65. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 111.
66. Ida Bachtiar, “M-M-Making it with JJ Jazz,” Straits Times, 16 February 1990, 9; Mark Wei, “Starry, Starry Debut for First Jazz Label,” Straits Times, 18 February 1990, 2. (From NewspaperSG)
67. Cheong Suk-Wai, “Jeremy’s Angels,” Straits Times, 10 December 2004, 8. (From NewspaperSG); Rani Singam and Jeremy Monteiro, With a Song in My Heart, Jazznote Records, 2004, compact disc. (Call no. RSING 782.42165 WIT)
68. Pat D’Rose, “Jeremy Monteiro Has his Own Jazz Club,” Straits Times, 20 January 1994. 8. (From NewspaperSG)
69. “Jazz Maestro's Latest Gig,” New Paper, 17 December 1994, 84; Michael Southwell, “Jazzing Up the Club Scene,” New Paper, 6 January 1995, 39. (From NewspaperSG)
70. Michael Southwell, “‘I Won't Do It Again’: Jeremy Vows to Stay Out of Nightclub Business,” New Paper, 10 April 1995, 27. (From NewspaperSG)
71. Abdul Hadi, “Monteiro Opens School.”
72. Abdul Hadi, “Wear a Monteiro on Your Wrist”; Natalie Koh, “Jeremy Monteiro to Launch Watch Brand,” Business Times, 28 September 2016, 30. (From NewspaperSG)
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91. Kannan Chandran, “Look Out for Back to Basics,” Straits Times, 6 June 1986, 9. (From NewspaperSG)
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94. Abdul Hadi, “Monteiro Opens School.”
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96. Vivien Chiong, “Jeremy Monteiro Adds Jazz to Jingles,” New Paper, 27 March 1990, 19; Ida Bachtiar, “Live at the Blues Alley,” Straits Times, 7 September 1990, 3. (From NewspaperSG)
97. Jeremy Monteiro, Blues for the Saxophone Club, with Monteiro, Young & Holt, recorded May 1988–March 1990, JJ Jazz Records, compact disc. (From MusicSG)
98. Gwee, “The Jazzman’s New Tune”; Mark Wei and Loh Keng Fatt, “Western Pop,” Straits Times, 22 December 1991, 30. (From NewspaperSG)
99. “Take Jeremy Home on a CD,” New Paper, 30 October 1993, 42. (From NewspaperSG)
100. Jeremy Monteiro, My Foolish Heart: An Acoustic Anthology, with Ernie Watts, Charlie Haden and Al Foster, recorded 1991–2000, JJ Jazz Records, compact disc. (From MusicSG)
101. S. Y. Whang, “Singapore Jazz Album a Worthy Effort,” Straits Times, 5 January 1996, 16. (From NewspaperSG)
102. Samuel Lee, “Life! Recommends: Jazz,” Straits Times, 3 November 2000, 2. (From NewspaperSG)
103. Samuel Lee, “Monteiro Swings Again,” Straits Times, 12 June 2002, 3. (From NewspaperSG)
104. Chandran, “All Jazzed Up”; Jeremy Monteiro, Homecoming, with Jeremy Monteiro, Belinda Moody and Shawn Kelly, Ron Feuer, Ernie Watts, Greg Fisheman and Mohamed Noor, recorded June 2004, Jazznote Records, 2006, compact disc. (From MusicSG)
105. Christopher Lim, “Making a Case for Local Jazz Standards,” Business Times, 17 April 2009, 29. (From NewspaperSG) Jeremy Monteiro et al., Singapore Swing: A Jazz Album of Singapore Songs, with Greg Lyons, Andrew Lim, Shawn Letts, Mohamed Noor, Christy Smith, Tama Goh and Lim Fabian, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, 2009, compact disc. (From MusicSG)
106. Christopher Lim, “Locals End the Year with Sonic Boom,” Business Times, 18 December 2009, 31. (From NewspaperSG); Organamix, Groovin’ at Groove Junction, live recording of Organamix's performance at Groove Junction, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jazznote Records, 2009. (From MusicSG)
107. “Compositions Jeremy Monteiro,” Today, 26 August 2010, 75; S. Y. Whang, “Review Jazz,” Straits Times, 8 October 2010, 9. (From NewspaperSG); Jeremy Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro Compositions: Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1, with Ernie Watts, Jim Aitchison, Belinda Moody, Robin Macatangay and Eldee Young, Jazznote Records, 2010, compact disc. (Call no. RSING 781.65 MON)
108. Whang, “Review Jazz”; Abdul Hadi, “Monteiro Opens School.”
109. Tan, “Joining the Ranks of Legends.”
110. Dylan Tan, “Familiar Christmas Carols get a Makeover,” Business Times, 12 December 2014, 29. (From NewspaperSG)
111. Jeremy Monteiro, Gong Xi!, with Frank Lee Lupo and Evan Low, Jazznote Records, 2015, compact disc. (From MusicSG)
112. Dylan Tan, “City of Light Inspires Jazz Maestros,” Business Times, 9 October 2015, 33. (From NewspaperSG)
113. Abdul Hadi, “Wear a Monteiro on Your Wrist.”
114. “Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brasileiro Brazilian Dreams,”Straits Times, 17 June 2015, 5; Ong Soh Fern, “Jazz,” Straits Times, 29 June 2016, 6. (From NewspaperSG)
115. Jeremy Monteiro, With a Little Help from My Friends, album, Jazznote records, 2017.
116. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 119; 爵士邓丽君, 是一种怎样的风情? [What would be the style of a jazzy Teresa Teng], Liane Zaobao联合早报, 14 April 2018. (From Factiva via NLB’s eResources website)
117. Jeremy Monteiro, Yesterday Once More, recorded June–July 2018, with Mark Chan (vocals), Melissa Tham (vocals), Miz Dee Logwood (vocals), Jazznote Records, compact disc. (PublicationSG)
118. Jeremy Monteiro, Overjoyed, album, Jazznote Records, 2019.
119. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 75.
120. Monteiro, Jeremy Monteiro, 30; Cheong, “Jeremy’s Angels.”

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Monteiro, Jeremy, 1960-
Arts personalities
Jazz musicians--Singapore
Monteiro, Jeremy

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