The Lion City Youth Jazz Festival (LCYJF) will return for its fourth edition this April with a star-studded performance lineup.
Organised by the Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS), this year's festival, scheduled to be held from 19 April to 24 April, will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of UNESCO International Jazz Day (30 April) and JASS' fifth anniversary.
Taking on the title "The Count and The Duke", LCYJF 2021 will pay tribute to American jazz greats Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The festival will culminate in a hybrid Finale Concert, which combines live and virtual elements, at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Far East Organization Auditorium at 7:30 PM on 24 April.
Helmed by Singapore's king of swing and JASS' Music Director Jeremy Monteiro and JASS' Associate Music Director Weixiang Tan, this 90-minute event will see musicians from the Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra (JASSYO!) take the stage alongside local and international mentors. Representing Singapore are flautist and JASSYO!'s Senior Leader Rit Xu, vocalist Alemay Fernandez, saxophonist Shawn Letts, drummer Tamagoh, trombonist Regan Wickam, trumpeter Benny Goh, and bassist and JASSYO!'s youth leader John Koh. International artists who will grace the event include the Count Basie Orchestra's current leader Scotty Barnhart, Grammy-nominated vocalist Carmen Bradford, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, saxophonist Julian Chan, and guitarist Darin “Joe” Pantoomkomol.
Those in attendance will also be treated to two original compositions from Weixiang Tan and Chok Kerong — 'The Laughing Watch' and 'Hidden Gems'.
Additionally, LCYJF 2021 will host three virtual jazz-themed workshops conducted by Scotty Barnhart, Carmen Bradford, and Alex Sipiagin. Tickets for each workshop are available for S$15 via SISTIC.
Tickets for the in-person Finale Concert are available for S$58 via SISTIC. Alternatively, you can tune in to the livestream of the concert for free via JASS' Facebook page and YouTube channel at 7:30 PM on 24 April.