Aptly themed Let There Be Love during these challenging times, the Jazz Association (Singapore)’s JASS Benefit Gala this year adopted a virtual format and celebrated the association’s fifth anniversary milestone with a night of glamour and great music.
Held on March 14, the event was an lively online spectacle featuring mesmerising performances by Amsterdam-based international jazz diva Laura Fygi, who, through some impressive technological and augmented-reality wizardry, was accompanied by Singapore’s very own talents. They included our local “King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro and the JASS Orchestra ensemble. Co-hosting the show were Monteiro, who is also JASS’ executive director and music director, and TV news presenter Glenda Chong.
Donors, guests and sponsors were treated to a specially curated four-course dinner, wine and champagne delivered to their homes. Familiar society faces included JASS vice chairman Susan Peh and her husband Adrian Peh, Alicia Thian, Brian Bonde, Chia Ngiang Hong, Dolly Cheong, Lisa Gwee, Renee Tan and Serene Tan. Everyone attended via the Zoom app, with a good portion of the guests donning hats and fascinators in participation of the Best Headdress Awards, which was sponsored by MTM and won by Peggy Jeffs, Gilbert Madhavan, Look Ru Shin, Grace Chong-Tan, Chermaine Pang and Soh Wei Chi.
Part of the evening’s proceedings included a presentation ceremony for the Jazz Appreciation Awards presided over by guest-of-honour Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law. There was also an online auction segment to raise funds in support of the association’s programmes to promote jazz and nurture and uplift local performers. Sponsors for the luxury auction items were Cortina Watch, La Joie, Chopard, Ode To Art, Daum, Hugo Boss, Freia Aesthetics and Jack Estate.
(All images courtesy of Jazz Association (Singapore))