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February 10th, 2017. The Dylan Foster Quartet with Dylan Foster Vocals, Aynsley Green on Piano, Christy Smith on Basses and Eddie Layman on Drums. Blu Jaz Cafe, Jazz Bar, Singapore.

100217: The Dylan Foster Quartet with Dylan Foster Vocals, Aynsley Green on Piano, Christy Smith on Basses and Eddie Layman on Drums. Blu Jaz Cafe, Jazz Bar, Singapore.

Friday February 10th, 2017
Blu Jaz Café

The Dylan Foster Quartet
Dylan Foster - Vocals
Aynsley Green - Piano
Christy Smith - Basses
Eddie Layman - Drums

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January 20th and 21st, B28, Singapore, Ian Rapien Saxophones, Wei Xiang Piano, Oliver von Essen Piano 21st, Christy Smith Double Bass, Wen Ming Soh Drums, Eddie Layman Drums 21st. About Ian Rapien: In my travels, I am exposed to hundreds of saxophonists every year. Ian Rapien is by far the most unique saxophonist I have heard in years, says best-selling saxophone recording artist Walter Beasley. In addition to his incredible delivery his compositions are equally impressive.

2010117, B28, Ian Rapien Saxophones, Tan Wei Xiang Piano, Christy Smith Double Bass, Soh Wen Ming Drums. Jazz Series B28 Singapore

January 20th & 21st, 2017
Two great jazz nights at
B28 Jazz Bar
The Club Hotel
28 Ann Siang Road
Singapore 069708

Ian Rapien - Saxophones
Wei Xiang - Piano
Oliver von Essen - Piano (21st)
Christy Smith - Basses
Wen Ming Soh Drums
Eddie Layman - Drums (21st)

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B28, Club Hotel Singapore, November 4th and 5th, 2016, Jeremy Monteiros Montage with Jeremy Monteiro piano and vocals, Rit Xu on Flute , Shawn Letts on Saxophone, Christy Smith on Basses and Hong Chanutr Techatananan on Drums

Jeremy Monteiros Montage with Jeremy Monteiro on Piano / Vocals Shawn Lets on Saxophone Rit Xu on Flutes Christy Smith on Double Bass Hong Chanutr Techatana-Nan on Drums

Jeremy Monteiro's Montage

with
Jeremy Monteiro on Piano / Vocals
Shawn Lets on Saxophone
Rit Xu on Flutes
Christy Smith on Double Bass
Hong Chanutr Techatana-Nan on Drums

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Jeremy Monteiro and The Business Times 40th anniversary on September 30th, 2016

300916: Jazzy Business 40th Anniversary with Jeremy Monteiro


September 30th, 2016  Jeremy Monteiro and The Business Times 40th anniversary:  A nice pre-show photo with many of the performers of the Jazzy Business concert with the President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan.  Photo by Russel Wong


September 30th, 2016

Jeremy Monteiro's and The Business Times 40th anniversary:

A nice pre-show photo with many of the performers of the Jazzy Business concert
with the President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan.

Photo by Russel Wong

The Dylan Foster Quartet, Blu Jaz Club Singapore, October 28th, 2016 with Dylan Foster Vocals, Mario Serio on Piano, Christy Smith on Bass and Eddie Layman on Drums.

281016: The Dylan Foster Quartet with Dylan Foster Vocals, Mario Serio on Piano, Christy Smith on Bass and Eddie Layman on Drums

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Club LOpera has a one of a kind luxurious atmosphere that is perfect for refined live music performances with finely tuned Yamaha C2 Grand piano. After a successful relaunch of the regular live music program, we are bringing you more music presenting the  Christy Smith Trio as they present a Tribute to John Coltrane with you. With Christy Smith on Basses, Wei Tan on Piano and Darryl Ervin on Drums.

The Christy Smith Trio, September 23rd, 2016 Club L'Opera Live

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Club L'Opera Live presents Jazz Series #2:

The Christy Smith Trio

with
Christy Smith Double Bass / Vocals
Wei Tan on Piano
Darryl Ervin on Drums

' Tribute to the Tradition of Jazz '


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Evening of Jazz with Bobby West Trio with Bobby West on Piano (picture), Fritz Wise on drums and Christy Smith on double bass on 23rd July 2016, Live Music The World Stage Art, Education and Performance Gallery LA.

23rd July 2016, Live Music The World Stage Art, Education and Performance Gallery



Evening of Jazz with
Bobby West Trio featuring Fritz Wise (drums) and Christy Smith (double bass).

Evening of Jazz with Bobby West Trio with Bobby West on Piano, Fritz Wise on drums (picture) and Christy Smith on double bass on 23rd July 2016, Live Music The World Stage Art, Education and Performance Gallery LA.
FESTAC 77 Reunion, Los Angeles, July 2016, with Gregory Vaughan, Christy Smith, Cheryl Cooley, Lonnie ChipStarr Greene, Troy Robinson Frederick Dotson, Louis Thomas, Kenneth Meredith, Gay Brown, Kayo Carter, Harvey L. Estrada Alford R Jackson, James Speed Jr, Kevin Davis, Stanley H Freeman and Henry Adam Prejean.

On July 23rd 2016, I was able to reunite with Friends and pay tribute to two great giants of men, Dr Louis Thomas and Troy Robinson (original AACM! )

Dee Dee McNeil performing at St. Andrews Recreation Center, July 3rd, Los Angeles, with Rickey Woodard on sax, Sam Hirsh on piano, Christy Smith on bass and Kenny Elliott on drums

Dee Dee McNeil

performing on July 3rd, 2016

at the
ST ANDREWS RECREATION CENTER LA

with:
Rickey Woodard on sax
Sam Hirsh on piano
Christy Smith on bass
Kenny Elliott on drums





Tribute to Prince ! May 7th, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore with the Juny Brothers, David Howard, Alif Putra and Christy Smith.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

SingJazz Club

Tribute to Prince !


With

Juny Brothers, David Howard,
Alif Putra and Christy Smith



The Singjazz Club (formerly known as the Sultan Jazz Club) is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
May 6th, 2016, Blu Jazz Cafe, Singapore, Power Jazz Friday with Yvette Atienza Vocals, Mario Serio on Keys, Eddy Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Bass. Way before other local Singapore jazz vocalists sang their way to the top of the heap in the 1990s, Yvette Atienza had already established herself as a singular talent with astonishing versatility in the Singapore music scene.

Yvette Atienza, Christy Smith, Mario Serio and Eddie Layman, Blu Jaz Cafe, Mat 6th, 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Blu Jaz Café

Power Jazz Friday


with

Yvette Atienza - Vocals
Mario Serio - Keys
Eddie Layman - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses



The Singjazz Club (formerly known as the Sultan Jazz Club) is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
May 4th, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore, The Nita Aartsen Quintet with Jean Sabastien on Trumpet, Ernesto Enriquez on Guitar, Rizal Sanip on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses. Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the rising star of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician. After three years at the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

SingJazz Club

The Nita Aartsen Quintet

with

Jean Sebastien - Trumpet
Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar
Rizal Sanip - Drums
Christy Smith on Basses


The Singjazz Club (formerly known as the Sultan Jazz Club) is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
Friday, April 29th and 30st, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore, James Flynn and The Andrew Lim Quartet with James Flynn on Vocals, Tan Wei Xiang on Piano, Darryl Ervin on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses

James Flynn and The Andrew Lim Quartet with Andrew Lim, Tan Wei Xiang, Darryl Ervin and Christy Smith

with

James Flynn on Vocals, Tan Wei Xiang on Piano
Darryl Ervin on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses



The Singjazz Club (formerly known as the Sultan Jazz Club) is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore, The Christy Smith Trio feat. Alemay Fernandez on Vocals with Tan Wei Xiang on Piano, Darryl Ervin on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses

The Christy Smith Trio & Alemay Fernandez with Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Darryl Ervin

with

Alemay Fernandez on Vocals, Tan Wei Xiang on Piano
Darryl Ervin on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses



Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore, The Christy Smith Trio feat. Alemay Fernandez on Vocals with Tan Wei Xiang on Piano, Darryl Ervin on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses


Alemay Fernandez: Fun gig last night - it's been a while since I've gotten to swing with the great Wei Xiang, Christy & Darryl ! Thanks boys - always a pleasure. And thank you to Ian Ingram for jamming, Dira Sugandi, Aaron, Eugenia, Joshua, Chemu & Will for coming by after your gigs !
The Singjazz Club (formerly known as the Sultan Jazz Club) is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
April 15th 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore. The Dylan Foster Quartet with Dylan Foster on Vocals, Mario Serio on Piano, Oswald Gonzalez on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses.

The Dylan Foster Quartet with Christy Smith, April 15th, 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore

with
Dylan Foster - Vocals
Mario Serio - Piano
Oswald Gonzalez - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

April 15th 2016, SingJazz Club, Singapore. The Dylan Foster Quartet with Dylan Foster on Vocals, Mario Serio on Piano, Oswald Gonzalez on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses.
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Friday, April 8th, B28 at The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore with Nicole Duffel on Saxophones, Wei Xiang on Piano, Aaron Lee on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses

April 8th, 2016
B28 at The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore
with
Nicole Duffel on Saxophones
Wei Xiang on Piano
Aaron Lee on Drums
Christy Smith on Basses.

March 25th, 2016, The SingJazz Club, Singapore presents Singjazz Good Friday: The Christy Smith Trio with Christy Smith on Bass, Kerong Chok on Piano, Wen Ming Soh on Drums and special guest Andrew Lim on Guitar.

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SingJazz Club Singapore

SINGJAZZ GOOD FRIDAY

with The Christy Smith Trio

featuring:

Christy Smith on Basses
Kerong Chok on Piano
Wen Ming Soh on Drums

With special guest

Andrew Lim on Guitar

March 25th, 2016




March 25th, 2016, The SingJazz Club, Singapore presents Singjazz Good Friday: The Christy Smith Trio with Christy Smith on Bass, Kerong Chok on Piano, Wen Ming Soh on Drums and special guest Andrew Lim on Guitar.

March 25th, 2016, The SingJazz Club, Singapore presents Singjazz Good Friday: The Christy Smith Trio with Christy Smith on Bass, Kerong Chok on Piano, Wen Ming Soh on Drums and special guest Andrew Lim on Guitar.
March 25th, 2016, The SingJazz Club, Singapore presents Singjazz Good Friday: The Christy Smith Trio with Christy Smith on Bass, Kerong Chok on Piano, Wen Ming Soh on Drums and special guest Andrew Lim on Guitar.

Christy Smith: Last night @ Singjazz Club was musically magnificent. 'Keeper's of the Flame Series Volume 1' ! I want to thank the packed house audience for your presence for two sets, as well as who stayed for the last short set. Kerong Chok = Truly Amazing! Andrew Lim = Incredible, Wen Ming Soh = Sensational !
Together we were on point fanning that flame bright of All Music with urgency and Fun ! Variety of material was limitless as we covered oRIginAl Milestones to Sack full of Dreams D.Hathaway (version) Kenny Kirkland's Steepian Faith, Two Bass hit. I won't quote the whole songlist, but we was Smokin n I ain't Jok-in. Want to thank
Wen Ming Soh parents for coming down also, for they're encouragement me on my singing. I am Thankful for last nights performance cause the solo's were like journey's within its own musical self, (thats all em colors)! Woooo. Just a great time ! Thank you Shawn Letts for your brilliant playing when you joined in with the music. Also, thanking the younger flame keeper: the wonderful Aaron Lee for sitting in an adding more musical flame to the fire. Last nights Collective energy warmed my being, Thank all involved very much. Peace, Love Music to All = who know what is good ! oouuuttt!
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Druv Kent, Live on Mar 19, 2016 at the Victoria Theater Singapore, performing, with his 6-piece band, a range of his own music as well as some classic, familiar songs that will keep you fully entertained. With Dhruv Shrikent, Jocelyn Ong Ojo Vocals, Wei Xiang on piano, Jules Vince Amores and David Ng on Guitars, Pablo Calzado on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses

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Druv Kent, Live on Mar 19, 2016 at the Victoria Theater,
performing, with his 6-piece band,
a range of his own music as well as some classic,
familiar songs that will keep you fully entertained.

With ao:
Dhruv Shrikent
Jocelyn Ong Ojo on Vocals
Jules Vince Amores and David Ng on Guitars
Wei Xiang on piano
Pablo Calzado on Drums
Christy Smith on Basses





Druv Kent, Live on Mar 19, 2016 at the Victoria Theater Singapore, performing, with his 6-piece band, a range of his own music as well as some classic, familiar songs that will keep you fully entertained. With Dhruv Shrikent, Jocelyn Ong Ojo Vocals, Wei Xiang on piano, Jules Vince Amores and David Ng on Guitars, Pablo Calzado on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses
Druv Kent, Live on Mar 19, 2016 at the Victoria Theater Singapore, performing, with his 6-piece band, a range of his own music as well as some classic, familiar songs that will keep you fully entertained. With Dhruv Shrikent, Jocelyn Ong Ojo Vocals, Wei Xiang on piano, Jules Vince Amores and David Ng on Guitars, Pablo Calzado on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses
Druv Kent, Live on Mar 19, 2016 at the Victoria Theater Singapore, performing, with his 6-piece band, a range of his own music as well as some classic, familiar songs that will keep you fully entertained. With Dhruv Shrikent, Jocelyn Ong Ojo Vocals, Wei Xiang on piano, Jules Vince Amores and David Ng on Guitars, Pablo Calzado on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses
March 8th 2016, Blu Jaz Cafe, Singapore: The Nita Aartsen International Quartet with Nita Aartsen - Vocals and Piano, Christy Smith - Basses, Pablo Calzado - Drums and Jean Sebastian on Trumpet. Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the rising star of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician. After three years at the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia.


With:

Nita Aartsen - Vocals and Piano
Christy Smith - Basses
Pablo Calzado - Drums
Jean Sebastian - Trumpet





About Nita Aartsen:

Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the ‘rising star’ of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician.
She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and started learning the piano at the tender age of five. After spending three years in the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia. In that role, which she held for over fifteen years, she had the privilege of playing for the then US president Bill Clinton as well as Prince Bernard of Holland amongst many other distinguished state guests. Simultaneously, she created a niche for herself in the world of Indonesian music, playing with and also arranging and composing for such established names as Erwin Gutawa, Dwiki Dharmawan, KLA Project, Indra Lesmana, Gilang Ramadhan, God Bless, Titi DJ etc. She also taught at one of Indonesia’s best music schools, Farabi, helping to build and inspire future musicians.
Between 1999 and 2000 she lived and worked in Holland, working with Dutch musicians in the studio and also at live performances. After returning to Jakarta in 2001, she started working towards her goal of taking Classical Music and Jazz to a larger audience. In the last eight years, she has done numerous TV and radio shows, played at events and concerts at home and abroad, held regular gigs at premium music venues in Jakarta and slowly built a strong foundation upon which to launch herself into the world stage. More recently she has played with Michael Paulo and Pauline Wilson from USA for the annual Java Jazz Festival.
All the hard work and dedication finally paid off when she received a three album recording contract with the Indonesian label, Platinum. She released her first album with the Nita Aartsen Quatro, titled ‘all nite out’ in 2009. It is a tour de force of Latin Jazz tracks, all of which are based on Classical or Jazz standards. Nita in her own indomitable style has taken something serious and sombre like Classical and has turned it into feet-tapping, hip-swaying Latino music with a generous helping of Jazz. The result is fun and enjoyable, to say the least. The album received good reviews in the Indonesian media and she has been doing concerts all over Indonesia to promote the album.
The star of Nita Aartsen is on the rise and we can expect more great music from this immensely talented artist in the years to come.
The Vadim Eilenkrig Band at the Sanchaya, Bintan, March 4th, 2016 and at the Singapore International Jazz Festival, March 5th, 2016 with Vadim Eylenkrig - Trumpet,Kameron Pearson - Keyboards, Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar, Christy Smith - Bass, Anthony Parker - Drums. Vadim Eilenkrig (born 4 May 1971) is a Russian jazz trumpeter and is the soloist of the Igor Butman Big Band.In 2009 he released his first solo album -The Shadow of Your Smile-, which was recorded in the Avatar Studio NY.


With:



Vadim Eylenkrig - Trumpet
Kameron Pearson - Keyboards
Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar
Christy Smith - Bass 
Anthony Parker - Drums



Jam Sessions at the Singapore International Jazz Festival
on March 5th & 6th hosted by
Christy Smith,
Eddie Layman and Wei Xiang !





The Vadim Eilenkrig Band at the Sanchaya, Bintan, March 4th, 2016 and at the Singapore International Jazz Festival, March 5th, 2016 with Vadim Eylenkrig - Trumpet,Kameron Pearson - Keyboards, Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar, Christy Smith - Bass, Anthony Parker - Drums. Vadim Eilenkrig (born 4 May 1971) is a Russian jazz trumpeter and is the soloist of the Igor Butman Big Band.In 2009 he released his first solo album -The Shadow of Your Smile-, which was recorded in the Avatar Studio NY.

Bintan, March 4th, 2016


It has been two years of enthralling performances beneath the iconic Singapore skyline, and the Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz) is set to return for its third successive year at Marina Bay Sands from March 4-6, promising three nights of music and more for all.



It has been two years of enthralling performances beneath the iconic Singapore skyline, and the Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz) is set to return for its third successive year at Marina Bay Sands from March 4-6, promising three nights of music and more for all.


Singapore, March 5th, 2016

Magical Jazz Trio, Friday February 5th, 2016 with Dawn Ho - Vocals, Aya Sekine - Piano, Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone, Tama Goh - Drums and Percussion, Christy Smith - Double Bass, Blu Jaz Cafe, Singapore, Photo by Olivia Sari-Goerlach, OSG Photo

Photo by Olivia Sari-Goerlach (OSG Photo)


Magical Jazz Trio
Friday February 5th, 2016
Blu Jaz Café


With:


Dawn Ho - Vocals
Aya Sekine - Piano
Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone
Tama Goh - Drums & Percussion
Christy Smith - Double Bass



AYA SEKINE:

Another great Jazz Party last night at Blu Jaz Cafe!
Yes, it's an official monthly series of mine: The Jazz Party.
I guess it replaces my former weekly residency "Ayaschool", as I am putting emphasis on my Jazz love, especially the straight ahead part, which is pretty rare here in Singapore, in case you did not know.

I'd like to thank the wonderful-good & soulful Magical Jazz Trio that is
Dawn Ho & Shawn Letts for fronting the ensemble and super guests Christy Smith & Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh for holding it down and pushing forward, also several great cats wandered in and jammed - EJ Hughes, Eugene Yang, Andrew Lim, Wen Ming Soh, Ben Poh, thanks so much for illuminating our night

Also my Blu Jaz Cafe audio team helmed by Siva Sai Saravanan and audio production interns Hao kun & Danish, thanks so much for running around sorting the sound out for...... *OUR BRAND NEW STAGE*!!! I now realise, we were the first band to grace it, duh! Thanks to my boss Aileen Tan for the generous investment for us musicians. She said, there are just few more things to be improved...will find out
January 13th 2016, Singjazz Club Singapore: The Nita Aartsen Trio with Nita Aartsen - Vocals and Piano, Christy Smith - Basses, Pablo Calzado - Drums and Ian Ingram - Flugelhorn and Trumpet. Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the rising star of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician. After three years at the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia.

The Nita Aartsen Trio

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Singjazz Club



With:

Nita Aartsen - Vocals and Piano
Christy Smith - Basses
Pablo Calzado - Drums
Ian Ingram - Flugelhorn / Trumpet





About Nita Aartsen:

Nita Aartsen, who has been described as the ‘rising star’ of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia, is an Indonesian pianist and musician.
She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and started learning the piano at the tender age of five. After spending three years in the Moscow Conservatory learning Contemporary Jazz, she returned to Indonesia in 1986, to take over as the state pianist of the Republic of Indonesia. In that role, which she held for over fifteen years, she had the privilege of playing for the then US president Bill Clinton as well as Prince Bernard of Holland amongst many other distinguished state guests. Simultaneously, she created a niche for herself in the world of Indonesian music, playing with and also arranging and composing for such established names as Erwin Gutawa, Dwiki Dharmawan, KLA Project, Indra Lesmana, Gilang Ramadhan, God Bless, Titi DJ etc. She also taught at one of Indonesia’s best music schools, Farabi, helping to build and inspire future musicians.
Between 1999 and 2000 she lived and worked in Holland, working with Dutch musicians in the studio and also at live performances. After returning to Jakarta in 2001, she started working towards her goal of taking Classical Music and Jazz to a larger audience. In the last eight years, she has done numerous TV and radio shows, played at events and concerts at home and abroad, held regular gigs at premium music venues in Jakarta and slowly built a strong foundation upon which to launch herself into the world stage. More recently she has played with Michael Paulo and Pauline Wilson from USA for the annual Java Jazz Festival.
All the hard work and dedication finally paid off when she received a three album recording contract with the Indonesian label, Platinum. She released her first album with the Nita Aartsen Quatro, titled ‘all nite out’ in 2009. It is a tour de force of Latin Jazz tracks, all of which are based on Classical or Jazz standards. Nita in her own indomitable style has taken something serious and sombre like Classical and has turned it into feet-tapping, hip-swaying Latino music with a generous helping of Jazz. The result is fun and enjoyable, to say the least. The album received good reviews in the Indonesian media and she has been doing concerts all over Indonesia to promote the album.
The star of Nita Aartsen is on the rise and we can expect more great music from this immensely talented artist in the years to come.
The Christy Smith Quartet to kick off your soulful New Year on 080116. Christy at Blu Jaz for the first time with his daughter, a most sought after vocalist Zora Smith, artist Jordan Wei on piano and a familiar force Eddie Layman on drums. Shawn Letts guesting on tenor plus many special guests to join this celebration. Five decades of Rhythm and Blues hits from Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé, with some old favourite jazz standards, sprinkled in all in Funk or Rhythm and Blues mode.



The Christy Smith Quartet
featuring:

Zora Smith - Vocals

and

Jordan Wei - Piano
Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Layman - Drums
Christy Smith - Double Bass

Playing hits from five decades
from Beyoncé to Stevie Wonder

January 8th, 2016
Blu Jaz Café




The Christy Smith Quartet :
Veteran Jazz bassist Christy Smith puts together a strongest group to kick it off your soulful New Year 2016. He features at Blu Jaz for the first time, his daughter, a most sought after vocalist Zora Smith, artist Jordan Wei piano and a familiar force Eddie Layman drums . Shawn Letts guesting on tenor plus many special guests to join this celebration. 5 decades of RB hits from Stevie,to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé , with some old jazz favorite standards sprinkled in all in Funk or R&B mode
Laura Fygi and Christy Smith performing at the New Years Eve Countdown Dinner, December 31st, 2015, One Farrer Hotel and Spa, Singapore, with Mei Sheum - piano, Sebastian Ho - Guitars, Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone, Tama Goh - drums and percussion, Christy Smith - Double Bass


A glamorous New Years Eve Gala with

Laura Fygi

December 31st, 2015
One Farrer Hotel and Spa

Laura Fygi and Christy Smith performing at the New Years Eve Countdown Dinner, December 31st, 2015, One Farrer Hotel and Spa, Singapore, with Mei Sheum - piano, Sebastian Ho - Guitars, Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone, Tama Goh - drums and percussion, Christy Smith - Double Bass


Accompanying
Laura Fygi:

Mei Sheum - Piano
Sebastian Ho - Guitars
Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone
Tama Goh - Drums & Percussion
Christy Smith - Double Bass



Biography

Everywhere that Laura Fygi visits, she is a veritable vision of exotica. In her home country of the Netherlands, they know her as the woman who was raised in Uruguay as the daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer; in the Far East she is the emancipated Western lady who many others aspire to be. But wherever she may be, there’s one common factor in all of those locations: that instantly recognisable voice which has won her hearts all over the globe.

Laura has performed throughout Europe, South America and Asia. As a Dutch singer, she even managed to conquer the Chinese market, a unique achievement!

There have often been surprises there, such as  when she was invited to the TV show for the World Expo, which introduced her to a million-fold audience. “During the press conference, they remarked that the Chinese audience decided which foreign artist was to be invited, and that they had chosen me. It made me go very quiet for a moment.”

Surprises are typical for a performer who has re-invented herself many times. Since her dance hits with the girl group Centerfold in the early 1980s, Laura has travelled down numerous musical pathways, such as jazz, Latin, and chansons, not shying away from any genre or style. “I really dislike pigeon holes”, says the multi-faceted diva. “I’m always on the lookout for something new, because I don’t think you should repeat yourself. I can’t stand to be in a rut.” That wilful quest for renewal has rendered collaborations with such music luminaries as Toots Thielemans, Michel Legrand and Michael Franks.

Laura has also been presented with various gold and platinum discs and awards, as well as playing the lead role in Singapore of her favourite musical Victor/Victoria.

In the meantime Laura celebrated her 20th anniversary as a solo singer. For this occasion one of her biggest musical desires was fulfilled, to record an album with accompaniment of a big band. The release of this CD, number 12 already, was followed by an extensive tour in both the Netherlands and Asia where Laura performed with local big bands.

In 2012 she signed a contract with one of China’s largest record companies and recorded the CD Flower specifically for the Asian market. It contains original Chinese compositions that Laura had arranged in her own style. Some songs were translated into English and French, but she also sings four songs in the original Chinese!

What is the secret of her success? It is the combination of a number of things. First of all she has a husky voice with a beautiful diction and great timing, which has already been compared to that of Peggy Lee, and the intimacy of Julie London . She has an international appearance  which enables her to perform in Ronnie Scott ‘s Jazz club in Soho with the same ease as on the biggest stages in most of the world cities.  She looks beautiful and is as Latin as Jazzy . But the most important thing Laura is a storyteller, someone who knows how to turn a song into a story that touches you directly from her heart to yours. While it still swings like crazy!

In 2015 Laura celebrates her 25th anniversary as a solo artist. So far she has released 13 albums and has an international career she can be proud of! But quitting is still a long way … On the occasion of this anniversary Universal Music releases a double album with the most popular tracks that have been chosen by the fans on one cd and 12 special bonus tracks on the other. There are again several concerts planned in Asia and for the first time Laura will be going to Australia! The jazz diva still has many plans including a new cd with all new material….

To be continued!
Laura Fygi and Christy Smith performing at the New Years Eve Countdown Dinner, December 31st, 2015, One Farrer Hotel and Spa, Singapore, with Mei Sheum - piano, Sebastian Ho - Guitars, Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone, Tama Goh - drums and percussion, Christy Smith - Double Bass


A glamorous New Years Eve Gala with

Laura Fygi

December 31st, 2015
One Farrer Hotel and Spa

Laura Fygi and Christy Smith performing at the New Years Eve Countdown Dinner, December 31st, 2015, One Farrer Hotel and Spa, Singapore, with Mei Sheum - piano, Sebastian Ho - Guitars, Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone, Tama Goh - drums and percussion, Christy Smith - Double Bass


Accompanying
Laura Fygi:

Mei Sheum - Piano
Sebastian Ho - Guitars
Shawn Letts - Tenor Saxophone
Tama Goh - Drums & Percussion
Christy Smith - Double Bass



Biography

Everywhere that Laura Fygi visits, she is a veritable vision of exotica. In her home country of the Netherlands, they know her as the woman who was raised in Uruguay as the daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer; in the Far East she is the emancipated Western lady who many others aspire to be. But wherever she may be, there’s one common factor in all of those locations: that instantly recognisable voice which has won her hearts all over the globe.

Laura has performed throughout Europe, South America and Asia. As a Dutch singer, she even managed to conquer the Chinese market, a unique achievement!

There have often been surprises there, such as  when she was invited to the TV show for the World Expo, which introduced her to a million-fold audience. “During the press conference, they remarked that the Chinese audience decided which foreign artist was to be invited, and that they had chosen me. It made me go very quiet for a moment.”

Surprises are typical for a performer who has re-invented herself many times. Since her dance hits with the girl group Centerfold in the early 1980s, Laura has travelled down numerous musical pathways, such as jazz, Latin, and chansons, not shying away from any genre or style. “I really dislike pigeon holes”, says the multi-faceted diva. “I’m always on the lookout for something new, because I don’t think you should repeat yourself. I can’t stand to be in a rut.” That wilful quest for renewal has rendered collaborations with such music luminaries as Toots Thielemans, Michel Legrand and Michael Franks.

Laura has also been presented with various gold and platinum discs and awards, as well as playing the lead role in Singapore of her favourite musical Victor/Victoria.

In the meantime Laura celebrated her 20th anniversary as a solo singer. For this occasion one of her biggest musical desires was fulfilled, to record an album with accompaniment of a big band. The release of this CD, number 12 already, was followed by an extensive tour in both the Netherlands and Asia where Laura performed with local big bands.

In 2012 she signed a contract with one of China’s largest record companies and recorded the CD Flower specifically for the Asian market. It contains original Chinese compositions that Laura had arranged in her own style. Some songs were translated into English and French, but she also sings four songs in the original Chinese!

What is the secret of her success? It is the combination of a number of things. First of all she has a husky voice with a beautiful diction and great timing, which has already been compared to that of Peggy Lee, and the intimacy of Julie London . She has an international appearance  which enables her to perform in Ronnie Scott ‘s Jazz club in Soho with the same ease as on the biggest stages in most of the world cities.  She looks beautiful and is as Latin as Jazzy . But the most important thing Laura is a storyteller, someone who knows how to turn a song into a story that touches you directly from her heart to yours. While it still swings like crazy!

In 2015 Laura celebrates her 25th anniversary as a solo artist. So far she has released 13 albums and has an international career she can be proud of! But quitting is still a long way … On the occasion of this anniversary Universal Music releases a double album with the most popular tracks that have been chosen by the fans on one cd and 12 special bonus tracks on the other. There are again several concerts planned in Asia and for the first time Laura will be going to Australia! The jazz diva still has many plans including a new cd with all new material….

To be continued!
An Evening with the Braddel Heights Symphony at Esplanade concert hall Fabulous!!! (A Not-so-Classical Xmas!) Nice to start and end 2015 with this fun Orchestra Thank You Maestro Adrian Tan, Khor Ai Ming and the Orchestra for having me !


An Evening with
the
Braddel Heights Symphony Orchestra
at the
Esplanade Concert Hall.
Fabulous !!!
A Not-so-Classical X'mas !
Nice to Start and End 2015 with this Fun Orchestra

An Evening with the Braddel Heights Symphony at Esplanade concert hall Fabulous!!! (A Not-so-Classical Xmas!) Nice to start and end 2015 with this fun Orchestra Thank You Maestro Adrian Tan, Khor Ai Ming and the Orchestra for having me !
An Evening with the Braddel Heights Symphony at Esplanade concert hall Fabulous!!! (A Not-so-Classical Xmas!) Nice to start and end 2015 with this fun Orchestra Thank You Maestro Adrian Tan, Khor Ai Ming and the Orchestra for having me !
An Evening with the Braddel Heights Symphony at Esplanade concert hall Fabulous!!! (A Not-so-Classical X
What would Christmas carols set to popular Hokkien tunes or a song about the 12 days after Christmas sound like? Explore the possibilities in this fun-filled festive concert.
Following their acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Esplanade in January, the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and The Joy Chorale return this Christmas to amuse and entertain the whole family! Look forward to John Rutter’s humorous adaptation of the story of St George and The Dragon and popular film music including holiday classic, Home Alone.
With Christy Smith as Principle Bassist


With

Adrian Tan, conductor & music director
Khor Ai Ming, conductor & chorus master


&

Christy Smith as Principle Bassist

Dec 13th, 2015, 5pm
Esplanade Concert Hall


featuring:

Babes Conde
Leslie Tay
Alvin Tan
Samuel Yuen

Leroy Anderson
A Christmas Celebration
Craig Courtney
A Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas
John Rutter
The Reluctant Dragon
John Williams
Three Holidays Songs from “Home Alone”
Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride
Robert and Kristen Lopez (arr. Bob Krogstad)
Medley from Frozen
Frederick Silver (arr. D. Pippin)
The 12 Days after Christmas

Samuel Yuen, Treble
Leslie Tay, Tenor
Alvin Tan, Baritone

What would Christmas carols set to popular Hokkien tunes or a song about the 12 days after Christmas sound like? Explore the possibilities in this fun-filled festive concert.
Following their acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Esplanade in January, the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and The Joy Chorale return this Christmas to amuse and entertain the whole family!

With Christy Smith as Principle Bassist






All Gatsby with this Great band with Christy Smith, Rani Singam, Kerong Chok and Darryl Ervin.



“All Gatsby” with this Great band with
Christy Smith,
Rani Singam, Kerong Chok and Darryl Ervin.

Last Night at Singjazz Club was most beautiful! Eddie Layman, Nicole Duffel, Andrew Lim, the guys played their asses off! Thanks to David, Alfred and staff of the Singjazz Club for a conducive musical environment. Moreover, the people who came out with love and support for live music ingratiates me to this moment. Musicians and friends Darryl Ervin, Shawn Letts, Kerong Chok, Terrance thanks for playing or supporting last nights musical efforts.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The
SingJazz Club

a night with
CHRISTY SMITH

Featuring

Nicole Duffel - Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Lim - Guitar
Eddie Layman - Drums
Christy Smith - Vocals & Basses

A tasteful selection of Jazz, Bebop, R&B in standard fashion

Friday December 4, 2015, 
An Evening With Christy Smith & Friends at the Singjazz Club with Nicole Duffel on Tenor Saxophone, Andrew Lim on Guitar, Eddie Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Vocals and Basses.


Nicole Duffel - Tenor Saxophone

Friday December 4, 2015, 
An Evening With Christy Smith & Friends at the Singjazz Club with Nicole Duffel on Tenor Saxophone, Andrew Lim on Guitar, Eddie Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Vocals and Basses.


Eddie Layman - Drums

Andrew Lim - Guitars

Friday December 4, 2015, 
An Evening With Christy Smith & Friends at the Singjazz Club with Nicole Duffel on Tenor Saxophone, Andrew Lim on Guitar, Eddie Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Vocals and Basses.





Friday December 4, 2015,  A Night With Christy Smith & Friends at the Singjazz Club with Nicole Duffel on Tenor Saxophone, Andrew Lim on Guitar, Eddie Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Vocals and Basses.


Last Night at Singjazz Club was most beautiful! Eddie Layman, Nicole Duffel, Andrew Lim, the guys played their asses off! Thanks to David, Alfred and staff of the Singjazz Club for a conducive musical environment. Moreover, the people who came out with love and support for live music ingratiates me to this moment. Musicians and friends Darryl Ervin, Shawn Letts, Kerong Chok, Terrance thanks for playing or supporting last nights musical efforts.
The Christy Smith International Quartet at the Red Bank Bar and Grill, Singapore, with Christy Smith. Melissa Tham, Wen Ming Soh, Mario Serio and Shawn Letts, October 4th, 2015

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore

The Christy Smith Quartet at the
Red Bank Bar and Grill

Christy Smith on basses
Melissa Tham - Vocals
Wen Ming Soh - Drums
Mario Serio - Piano
Shawn Letts - Saxophones

October 4th, 2015

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore


Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith Quartet and Melissa Tham and many other artists!
Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith International Trio ! Picture by Cees van Toledo

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore

Presenting International Jazz
with the Christy Smith Quartet
Melissa Tham and many other artists!

Picture by Cees van Toledo

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore


Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith Quartet and Melissa Tham and many other artists!
Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith International Trio, Melissa Tham and many other artists! Picture by Cees van Toledo

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore

Presenting International Jazz
with the Christy Smith Quartet
Melissa Tham and many other artists!

Picture by Cees van Toledo

Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore

Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith Quartet and Melissa Tham and many other artists!
Red Bank Bar and Grill is now presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith International Trio !


Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore


Red Bank Bar and Grill Singapore

Presenting International Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Christy Smith Quartet !

Mark Kelly on trumpet, Don Braden on saxophone, Christy Smith on bass, Eric Wyatt on saxophone and Eddie Layman on drums, September 23rd, 2015, Singjazz Club, Singapore.

SingJazz Club, Singapore
September 23rd, 2015

Mark Kelly on trumpet, Don Braden on saxophone
Christy Smith on bass,
Eric Wyatt on saxophone
and
Eddie Layman on drums


The Singjazz Club is Singapores premier destination for jazz and music lovers alike. Located in the trendy Kampong Glam area within the Sultan Boutique hotel, the venue is an elegant and intimate listening room that plays jazz and jazz inspired music and shows Singapores best known musicians as well as regional and International acts.
The Eric Wyatt Quartet with Eric Wyatt Saxophones, Benito Gonzales Piano, Eddie Layman Drums, Christy Smith Bass at the KL International Jazz and Arts Festival from the 10th to the 13th September 2015. I thank Rodin, Maizon Omar, Dr.Nasir Hashim of Cutural Centre, the University of Malaya, the Committee and Crew of the K.L. Jazz team for being true and committed to make this event happen !

The Kuala Lumpur International Jazz and Arts Festival
10th to 13th September 2015
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur

With
the Eric Wyatt Quartet
Eric Wyatt
Saxophones
Benito Gonzalez - Piano
Eddie Layman - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

The Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival 2015 was very important to accomplish this year. Although smaller, the consistency of this event matters much!
Adversity was a part of the climate last year. Yet, this opportunity allowed that music could be expressed to the universe and to give thanks for the gift!!
I thank Rodin, Maizon Omar, Dr.Nasir Hashim of Cutural Centre, the University of Malaya, the Committee and Crew of the K.L. Jazz team for being true and committed to make this event happen!!!

This year my participation was bassist and member of featured artist Eric Wyatt's quartet. Wow! Rodin was cognizant enough invite Eric and bring in his right hand man, artist and pianist extrordinare Bonito Gonzales. Myself and Eddie Layman(drums) joined the dynamic Eric & Bonito. Let me tell you it was on !!

After a short rehearsal with some understanding of the arrangements for Eric and Bonito's music we picked some standards for Thursday night @ Healey Macs (pre-festival pop up spot) Smoked it !!!! Truly my new best music brother friends know i mean the same purpose as them.

Friday , We poured our souls out for the music of Eric and Bonito. Solos were given to me that weren't discussed. Had to go with spirit and purpose for why I am here this day. Gratified to know Eric and Bonito understood I could handle this with the same purpose we were brought together. Now, with a special dedication "One for Hakim ". It was noticable that the spiritual side of the music was and is evident. Something that is inherent in the listener's, players who understand the history,legacy and the plight of growing up in the Universe 'the real neighborhood' ! The feeling of music is an ascension of the mind body and soul !

That leads me to the sincerity of John Coltrane and his music, angelic how him, being a musical Messenger, conductor, conduit from the Supreme Creator to stroke our souls and feel true love for one another in our human existence in this universe.

Well Saturday night was dedicated to John Coltrane, and we played Resolution (with bass intro), My Favorite Things, Eternal Equinox (Eric Guesting a young up and coming Malaysian tenor player). Impressions guesting Patrick Terbrack. Mind you, Eric Wyatt was stern leader, in that he knows what he wants musically, and for this purpose for the festival was very refreshing to know…

John Coltrane's Dedication we went with musical faith. Eric showed his leadership musically. With Trane like tone and idea eloquence especially on My Favorite things where music things took on different shapes as Eric seemed to butterfly tonaly through our harmonic or chromatic modulations . Yeah I still had the ground bass . and an uncuffed Eddie Layman basques in freedom to keep up with Bonito's intensity. I gotta tell ya on impressions after solo's. Bonito called for solo Obligato piano. Spirit is with us and he seemed to know the way home. Left hand bassin a solo? Yeah with a rhythmically fluttering ostinato you could relate to, whilst the tonal right hand played solo bass voice. That captured the audience. Incredible! Tonally and harmonically interesting this was, what we needed to captivate and set up the strong ending to close the concert. Truly magnificent with musical wisdom as He SAY 'S HE HAD TO DO IT " Well I'm completely thankful for this music encounter.

Sunday's tribute to Coltrane was appropriate as for me. My Moms birthday is September 23rd as is John Coltranes and am heading back to celebrate her 80th Birthday party. The Music of Trane will set the ambience. I am up lifted by all the musical happening's these past days and weeks. More to come as Eric and I will be performing together in Singapore. Wishing all of my family and friends much love, peace, joy and music !!!

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The Eric Wyatt Quartet with Eric Wyatt Saxophones, Benito Gonzales Piano, Eddie Layman Drums, Christy Smith Bass at the KL International Jazz and Arts Festival from the 10th to the 13th September 2015


The Kuala Lumpur International Jazz and Arts Festival
10th to 13th September 2015
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur



With
the Eric Wyatt Quartet
Eric Wyatt
Saxophones
Benito Gonzalez - Piano
Eddie Layman - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Bassist Christy Smith playing with Kathryn Farmer and the Michael Veerapen Trio at No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur, September 4th and 5th, 2015

Kathryn Farmer
and the
Michael Veerapen
Trio at
No Black Tie

Kuala Lumpur
September 4th & 5th



KATHRYN FARMER
Jazz and R&B vocalist Kathryn Farmer has enjoyed a stellar reputation on the world jazz scene. A musician’s musician with a 5 octave range and a mesmerizing electrifying stage presence. Her musical accomplishments are as deep as they are varied. Her debut CD MOONDANCE was named in this April 2013 WBGO’s (NYC/NJ) upbeat magazine as one of the top pick CD releases to buy this spring by program director Gary Walker! She’s receiving daily major airplay from WBGO, WGMC, WKCR, WPRB Philadelphia, , WBAI, and also 99.7 FM in Taipei, Taiwan where she had concerts earlier this spring/summer at the R&B night club Brown Sugar Live. She is not only described as an accomplished vocalist jazz, soul, and R&B diva, but also as an arranger, composer, lyricist, Hammond B3 organist and pianist, like Legends Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Aretha Franklin and newer artist like Rachelle Farrell and Alicia Keys whom also possess keyboard, composing, and arranging skills! She’s wooed audiences from NYC, to Europe, to Africa, the Middle East and lots of touring of late in the Far East.
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No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur with Tony Lakatos on Saxophones, Roby Lakatos on Violin, Tay Cher Siang on Keys, John Thomas on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses


Christy Smith playing with
Tony & Roby Lakatos
August 28th
&
September 1st
at
No Black Tie
and
Saturday 29th&30th
at
Publika
Kuala Lumpur
with
Tony Lakatos
Saxophones
Roby Lakatos - Violin
Tay Cher Siang - Keys
John Thomas - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses



Publika Kuala Lumpur with Tony Lakatos on Saxophones, Roby Lakatos on Violin, Tay Cher Siang on Keys, John Thomas on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses


at Publika Kuala Lumpur

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Dreams, BHSOs third concert for its Seasons 2015
shows home grown talents Gabriel Ng, Low Shao Ying and Low Shao Suan.
Gabriel Ng, violin virtuoso, performs Astor Piazzollas Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
With Christy Smith on basses.

Melissa Tham and Christy Smith
performing at the SG50 Music Festival together with Jeremy Monteiro, Rani Singam, Tamagoh, Rit Xu and Andrew Lim.
at the National Stadium, August 7th, 2015

Melissa Tham and Christy Smith
performing at the SG50 Music Festival
together with

Jeremy Monteiro, Rani Singam,
Tamagoh, Rit Xu & Andrew Lim.
The National Stadium, August 7th, 2015


See the live recording here:




A fabulous showcase of Singapore Jazz at SING50 with Jeremy Monteiro, Christy Smith, Tamagoh, Rani Singam, Rit Xu and Andrew Lim.

A fabulous showcase of Singapore Jazz at SING50 !



Yes, very much enjoyed performing with the Jeremy Monteiro Band feat. Rani Singam, Jacintha Abisheganaden,Melissa Tham. Big shout out to all the performers & everyone involved ,Awesome,What a labor of Love , Happy Birthday Singapore !!!!!!


Showcasing 50 years of Singapore music



As I was leaving the stage stairs, my eyes locked in on the great Randy Jackson as we greeted one another; I was talking oh so fast as our moment was to be brief . Thankful fa sure !!Very uplifting , as I am a long time fan of his Bass playing and other contributions for us all. Big shout out to The Big Dawg!!! Nice to meet you again Randy!

As I was leaving the stage stairs, my eyes locked in on the great Randy Jackson as we greeted one another; I was talking oh so fast as our moment was to be brief . Thankful fa sure !!Very uplifting , as I am a long time fan of his Bass playing and other contributions for us all. Big shout out to The Big Dawg!!! Nice to meet you again Randy!

Esplanade Celebrates 50 Years of Singapore Music Esplanade Jazz in July 2015 Café 21 Living Room Sunday July 12th 5pm – 8pm Concourse Throwback Series: Somersets Bar and Harrys Bar with the Christy Smith Quartet. With tributes to Eldee Young and Redd Holt.

Esplanade Celebrates 50 Years of Singapore Music
Esplanade Jazz in July 2015

Café 21 Living Room
Sunday July 12th
5pm – 8pm

Concourse
Throwback Series:
Somerset's Bar and Harry's Bar
with the Christy Smith Quartet



This year, audiences are invited to take a walk down memory lane through a special Throwback Series at the Concourse every Sunday in July. In the series, some of Singapore’s most eminent jazz veterans – Louis Soliano, Diana Jarrett, Don Gomes, Christy Smith, Rick Smith and Jeremy Monteiro, amongst others – will perform their signature tunes and share stories of Singapore’s jazz scene from the 1960s to the present day. This includes the Golden Venus club from the 1960s and 70s, Somerset’s Bar at the former Westin Hotel from the 90s and Jazz@Southbridge at Boat Quay from the early 2000s.

See also SG50 Press Release:
Esplanade Celebrates 50 Years of Singapore Music

Somerset’s Bar at the former Westin Hotel is recognised as one of the best places to listen to Jazz in the 90s, with jazz musicians from all over the world having performed in this watering hole. In the first set of this evening’s performance, former Somerset’s Bar bassist Christy Smith pays musical tribute to this venue and to his friend and jazz stalwart Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt.
Joining him will be drummer Eddie Layman, pianist Mei Sheum and guitarist Rick Smith. Following this in the second set, the ensemble celebrates live jazz music at Harry’s Bar at Boat Quay, their house band
ChromaZone and the ever popular Sunday night jam sessions.



Esplanade Celebrates 50 Years of Singapore Music Esplanade Jazz in July 2015 Café 21 Living Room Sunday July 12th 5pm – 8pm. Tribute to the late Eldee Young, here with his Lifetime Award in 2005

Tribute to the late Eldee Young, here with his Lifetime Award in 2005

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Mei Sheum - Piano
Rick Smith - Guitars
Christy Smith - Bass
Eddie Layman
Drums






Aya Sekine: Thank you Christy Smith and Darren Moore for a great music time together with Timothy ODwyer  
Dave Smoota Smith and the band! The music universe is so small !


Aya Sekine: Thank you Christy Smith and Darren Moore for a great music time together with Timothy O'Dwyer
Dave Smoota Smith and the band! The music universe is so small !

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Jeremy Monteiro 55th birthday Jam With:
Jeremy Monteiro, Christy Smith, Melissa Tham
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Robert Fernando, Julian Chan
Stephen Francis, Mohamed Noor, Rit Xu
Jeremy Monteiro 55th birthday Jam With:
Jeremy Monteiro, Christy Smith, Melissa Tham
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Robert Fernando, Julian Chan
Stephen Francis, Mohamed Noor, Rit Xu


A great group shot after Jeremy’s 55th birthday jam session and party.


A great group shot after Jeremy’s 55th birthday jam session and party.

With James Flynn - Vocals
Wei Xiang - Piano
Rick Smith - Guitar
Christy Smith - Basses

James Flynn - Vocals
Wei Xiang - Piano
Rick Smith - Guitar
Christy Smith - Basses

Roots Back and Forth May 22nd, Singjazz Club with Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar
Eivind Lødemel - Keys
Christy Smith - Basses
Leo Muños - Congas
Pablo Calzado - Drums

May 22nd, 2015
SingJazz Club


Ernesto Enriquez - Guitar
Eivind Lødemel - Keys
Christy Smith - Basses
Leo Muños - Congas
Pablo Calzado - Drums

May 14th & 16th, 2015 
Launch for the debut solo album by
Melissa Tham
Entitled "Falling In Love Again"
at SingJazz Club from 9pm onwards. With Melissa Tham - Vocals, 
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Shawn Letts - Saxophones
Christy Smith - Bass
Hong Chanutr Techatananan - Drums

Click on picture to go to OraStream

May 14th & 16th, 2015
Launch for the debut solo album by
Melissa Tham
Entitled "Falling In Love Again"
at SingJazz Club from 9pm onwards


Melissa Tham - Vocals,
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Shawn Letts - Saxophones
Christy Smith - Bass

Hong Chanutr Techatananan - Drums







Blu Jaz Café

April 10th


Aya School

with

Aya Sekine
Piano

Shawn Lets
Saxophones

Christy Smith
Basses

Darren Moore
Drums
AYA SEKINE

It was but a mega-satisfying Work-out last night at Blu Jaz Cafe! I named it 'Work-out' because the whole point was to focus on the physical side of Jazz. We all picked 4-5 standards each, played and took solos and ended the tunes with bang. It was more be-bop than straight ahead, boy the band was smokin'. But still, the originality and creativity were there. What a grand generous music!

As Darren and I were saying at the end, it brought us back to why we started this 'whole thing' in the first place. Damn it was lovely. That special feeling of being a jazz musician. Back to basics!

Thank you Shawn Letts for jaw-dropping playing that was so inspiring (you are the THE), Christy Smith for holding it down, receiving and hit back with most tasty lines and harmonies, Darren Moore for energy and dimension that brings music forward. I surely had one of the most swinging hard-core Jazz quartet last night (which includes me, but regardless of some 'things to practice' I had crazy fun), and it was great to have people enjoyed it in the audience.

Thank you Sebastian Sibbald and Benjamin Thia, you guys added an amazing input to the quartet, you guys were great. I am so excited for our little Jazz scene! Bright light ahead!

Thank you Joshua Wan, Rafaee Mahmood and Darryl Ervin for jamming. It was wonderful to have you and all whom came out to catch our music!!!

Lastly, here is the work out 'menu' (in order)  which is not common around here at all... :

Nardis
Cherokee
Stompin' At Savoy
Tenor Madness
Like Someone In Love
Groovin' High
Just In Time
Impressions
Without A Song
Pent-up House
All The Things You Are
Star Eyes



Blu Jaz Café
April 10th


Aya School

with

Aya Sekine
Piano

Shawn Lets
Saxophones

Christy Smith
Basses

Darren Moore
Drums

NUS Jazz band with Jeremy Monteiro, Christy Smith and Tamagoh, March 20th, 2015

NUS Jazz band with Jeremy Monteiro, Christy Smith and Tamagoh, March 20th, 2015

Recording at 32Bit Recording Studio
Brad Swope, Christy Smith, Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
producer Huang Junxiang
sound engineer Ross Ahmad
Original soundtrack by
Susan Harmer Lauw
for the documentary Forgotten Flavours.

Recording at 32Bit Recording Studio
Brad Swope, Christy Smith, Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
producer Huang Junxiang
sound engineer Ross Ahmad
Original soundtrack by
Susan Harmer Lauw
for the documentary Forgotten Flavours.

March 7th, 2015 at 5pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Orchestra of the Music Makers
with the Jeremy Monteiro Trio. Chan Tze Law, conductor
Jeremy Monteiro, piano
Tama Goh, drums
Christy Smith, bass JOHN KANDER, Chicago
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, Suite for Variety Orchestra (Selections)
KELLY TANG, Montage: Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra
GEORGE GERSHWIN, An American in Paris

March 7th, 2015 at 5pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Orchestra of the Music Makers
with the Jeremy Monteiro Trio


JOHN KANDER, Chicago
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, Suite for Variety Orchestra (Selections)
KELLY TANG, Montage: Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra
GEORGE GERSHWIN, An American in Paris


Chan Tze Law, conductor
Jeremy Monteiro, piano
Tama Goh, drums
Christy Smith, bass

OMM joins forces with Cultural Medallion recipient and Singapore’s very own “Giant of Jazz” Jeremy Monteiro for this year’s OMMProm! Together with members of his Trio, Tama Goh and Christy Smith, he will be performing Kelly Tang’s re-orchestrated Montage – Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra, which he recently toured with Singapore Chinese Orchestra to resounding success, with OMM.
The Orchestra performs music from the Tony award-winning musical, Chicago, swings with Shostakovich's Suite (formerly known as the Jazz Suite 2) with its famous Waltz used in dozens of films. Capturing the glamour and excitement of Paris in the 1920s, down to the taxi horns and café tunes, Gershwin's An American in Paris is not only a masterpiece, but also a great deal of fun!



The Christy Smith Quartet
with Melissa Tham
at the Singapore Jazz Fesival March 8th, 2015 
with Christy Smith, Willie Jones III
Keith Loftis and Nial Djuliarso

The Christy Smith Quartet
with
Melissa Tham
at the Singapore Jazz Fesival March 8th, 2015
with
Christy Smith, Willie Jones III
Keith Loftis and Nial Djuliarso

Willie Jones III, Lee Pearson II, Keith Loftis and Christy Smith
at the Singapore International Jazz Festival,
March 6th-8th, 2015

Willie Jones III, Lee Pearson II, Keith Loftis and Christy Smith
at the Singapore International Jazz Festival,
March 6th-8th, 2015

Nial Djuliarso, Willie Jones III, Keith Loftis and Christy Smith
at the Singapore International Jazz Festival,  March 6th-8th, 2015

Nial Djuliarso, Willie Jones III, Keith Loftis and Christy Smith
at the Singapore International Jazz Festival, March 6th-8th, 2015

Thank you Keith Loftis, Willie Jones III and Nial Djuliarso !
That was a great musical cookout that Saturday night.

The Christy Smith Quartet
featuring
Willie Jones III, Keith Loftis, Nial Djuliarso
Melissa Tham
and Christy Smith

The Christy Smith Quartet
featuring
Willie Jones III, Keith Loftis, Nial Djuliarso
Melissa Tham
and Christy Smith

In tribute, we are giving musical thanks to John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Frank Foster amongst other composers.
All of us have been influenced by the history and music of Jazz (and I say Jazz carefully !). Not so long ago this music has bridged into this millennium and to now universally speaking.
From its origin to that of my generation and after me to future generations it will continue to flourish. For it takes many a man and women to build that bridge and to see the musical brick layers keep coming is magnanimous!
Well, come hear us playing together for the first time !
We will definitely be at work sharing music whilst trying to nail it down !!!
Peace, Love, Good Rhythm & Music to you all !!!
Christy Smith

The Christy Smith Quartet at the Singapore International Jazz Festival,  March 6th-8th, 2015

The Christy Smith Quartet at the Singapore International Jazz Festival, March 6th-8th, 2015

NUS Jazz band rehearsal with Hans Jonathan Charis, Ray Fellix Ganardi,
Christy Smith and William Naftali 26022015

NUS Jazz band rehearsal with Hans Jonathan Charis, Ray Fellix Ganardi,
Christy Smith and William Naftali 26022015

Red Roof Records: We were really happy to write and produce the jingle for Mediacorps advertisement. It was harder to keep it hush when we had the best to come record the session. IT WAS A TREAT. Sebastian Ho on guitar, Don Gomes on piano, Eddie Layman on drums, Christy Smith on bass, Richard Jackson on vocals. Music written and produced by our very lovely RUTH LING! Hope you enjoy this advertisement, Singapore. Happy 50th!

Red Roof Records:
We were really happy to write and produce
the jingle for Mediacorp's advertisement. It was harder to keep it hush when we had the best to come record the session. IT WAS A TREAT.

Sebastian Ho on guitar
Don Gomes on piano
Eddie Layman on drums
Christy Smith on bass
Richard Jackson on vocals
Music written & produced by our very lovely
RUTH LING!

Hope you enjoy this advertisement, Singapore. Happy 50th!

Get in the
Lunar New Year mood !
Jazzy arrangements
Chinese New Year tunes 
Favourite Evergreens
Click on poster to order CD

featuring:
Tony Lakatos, Rit Xu
Jens Bunge, Moses Gay En Hui
Christy Smith
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
Mohamed Noor

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Get in the
Lunar New Year mood !
Jazzy arrangements
Chinese New Year tunes
Favourite Evergreens
Click on poster to order CD

featuring:
Tony Lakatos, Rit Xu
Jens Bunge, Moses Gay En Hui
Christy Smith
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
Mohamed Noor

Jeremy Monteiro launched his Chinese New Year CD 29012015
with Tamagoh, Claude Verly and Christy Smith

Jeremy Monteiro launched his Chinese New Year CD 29012015
with Tamagoh, Claude Verly and Christy Smith

JOY! – Beethovens 9th Symphony. As Singapore’s longest-serving community orchestra, BHSO will begin this musical journey through time with Overture in C – The Story of Singapore, composed by Cultural Medallion recipient and local jazz legend Jeremy Monteiro, International Musician Christy Smith on Bass and Tamagoh on Drums.


Kick-start the New Year and celebrations of Singapore’s 50th year of independence with Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO) as they present “JOY!” – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Music Director & Conductor: Adrian Tan
Joy Chorale: Khor Ai Ming (Chorus Mistress)

As Singapore’s longest-serving community orchestra, BHSO will begin this musical journey through time with Overture in C – The Story of Singapore, composed by Cultural Medallion recipient and local jazz legend Jeremy Monteiro, International Musician Christy Smith on Bass and Tamagoh on Drums.
The overture, which contains a line from the well-loved national song, One People, One Nation, One Singapore, tells the story of Singapore’s transformation from a sleepy fishing village to the modern city that it is today.

The concert will culminate in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, best known for its theme Ode to Joy, which continues toinspire hope and joy around the world. The 80-strong orchestra, comprising primarily of amateur musicians with a passion for music, will be conducted by music director and conductor, Adrian Tan. They will be accompanied by soloists and The Joy Chorale led by chorus mistress, Khor Ai Ming.

Friday, January 16th, 2015,
SingJazz Club
Anne Weerapass
Don Gomes - Piano
Eddie Layman - Drums
Sebastian Ho - Guitars
Christy Smith - Basses

Friday, January 16th, 2015,
SingJazz Club
Anne Weerapass
Don Gomes - Piano
Eddie Layman - Drums
Sebastian Ho - Guitars
Christy Smith - Basses

Monster Trio !, Saturday January 10th, 2015
Blu Jaz Café
Greg Lyons - Saxophone
Darren Moore - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass

Monster Trio !, Saturday January 10th, 2015
Blu Jaz Café
Greg Lyons - Saxophone
Darren Moore - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass

Juliana De Silva, Friday January 9th, 2015
Singjazz Club
with
Tony Lakatos - Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

Juliana De Silva, Friday January 9th, 2015
Singjazz Club
with
Tony Lakatos - Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

The Lakatos Monteiro
Quartet
January 7th, 2015
Singjazz Club
Featuring
Melissa Tham - Vocals
with
Tony Lakatos - Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

The Lakatos Monteiro
Quartet
January 7th, 2015
Singjazz Club
Featuring
Melissa Tham - Vocals
with
Tony Lakatos - Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

Jeremy Monteiro swinging all the way on piano.

"with Tony Lakatos on Sax swinging his buns off, Christy Smith swanging like a banshee and Shawn Kelley laying it down and telling it like it is."

Also contributing:
Axel Schlosser, Wesley Gehring and Jens Bunge.

Recording by Klaus Endel and Martin Endel at Sound & More Studios and video shooting and editing by Roman Korshan

Jeremy Monteiro swinging all the way on piano.

"with
Tony Lakatos on Sax swinging his buns off, Christy Smith swanging like a banshee and Shawn Kelley laying it down and telling it like it is."

Also contributing:
Axel Schlosser, Wesley Gehring and Jens Bunge.

Recording by
Klaus Endel and Martin Endel at Sound & More Studios and video shooting and editing by Roman Korshan.


Wanna hear the whole tune? Please buy the CD or legal digital download when its out out in November 2014"


With Dylan Foster
SingJazz Club 
December 26th, 2014
Rick Smith - Guitars
Mario Serio - keys
Gman - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

With Dylan Foster
SingJazz Club
December 26th, 2014
Rick Smith - Guitars
Mario Serio - keys
Gman - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

A Jazzy Christmas, Esplanade Singapore, December 20th 2014
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Rani Singam - Vocals
featuring:
Tony Lakatos, Rit Xu
Jens Bunge, Moses Gay En Hui
Christy Smith
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
Mohamed Noor

A Jazzy Christmas, Esplanade Singapore, December 20th 2014
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Rani Singam - Vocals
featuring:
Tony Lakatos, Rit Xu
Jens Bunge, Moses Gay En Hui
Christy Smith
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh
Mohamed Noor

Stars of Christmas,  December 11th 2014

Stars of Christmas, December 11th 2014

Christy Smith with Dylan Foster and Mei Sheum November 13th 2014

Christy Smith with Dylan Foster and Mei Sheum November 13th 2014

Christy Smith with Dylan Foster and Mei Sheum November 13th 2014

Christy Smith with Dylan Foster and Mei Sheum November 13th 2014

Jeremy Monteiro Quartet Nov12&14th 2014
with
Julian Chan - Sax
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

Jeremy Monteiro Quartet Nov12&14th 2014
with
Julian Chan - Sax
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Bass

With Beverly Lim Morata at Singjazz Club November 26th, 2014

Beverly Morata - Vocals,
Wei Xiang - Piano,
Munir Alsagoff - Guitar,
Christy Smith - Basses

With Beverly Lim Morata at Singjazz Club November 26th, 2014

Beverly Morata - Vocals,
Wei Xiang - Piano,
Munir Alsagoff - Guitar,
Christy Smith - Basses

Three-time US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky
in an unforgettable session of jazz and poetry.
With an approachable style and capacity
for wide-ranging themes and topics,
he read to jazz music by acclaimed musicians
Rick Smith and Christy Smith
and showed us how poetry shares qualities of
pitch, rhythm and tempo with music.

Three-time US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky
in an unforgettable session of jazz and poetry.
With an approachable style and capacity
for wide-ranging themes and topics,
he read to jazz music by acclaimed musicians
Rick Smith and Christy Smith
and showed us how poetry shares qualities of
pitch, rhythm and tempo with music.

See Video Recording:


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Three-time US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky
in an unforgettable session of jazz and poetry.
With an approachable style and capacity
for wide-ranging themes and topics,
he read to jazz music by acclaimed musicians
Rick Smith and Christy Smith
and showed us how poetry shares qualities of
pitch, rhythm and tempo with music.

Three-time US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky
in an unforgettable session of jazz and poetry.
With an approachable style and capacity
for wide-ranging themes and topics,
he read to jazz music by acclaimed musicians
Rick Smith and Christy Smith
and showed us how poetry shares qualities of
pitch, rhythm and tempo with music.

See Video Recording


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Jazzy Sunday at the 
Singapore Botanical Gardens
September 28th, 2014

Jazzy Sunday at the
Singapore Botanical Gardens
September 28th, 2014

Dylan Foster at Singjazz September 13th, 2014
with
Mario Serio - Piano
Rick Smith - Guitar
Christy Smith - Bass
Gman - Drums

Dylan Foster at Singjazz September 13th, 2014
with
Mario Serio - Piano
Rick Smith - Guitar
Christy Smith - Bass
Gman - Drums

Christy Smith with Diana Liu at Singjazz 29092014

Christy Smith with Diana Liu at Singjazz 29092014

Performing at the 
African Singapore Business Forum
27-29th August 2014

Performing at the
African Singapore Business Forum
27-29th August 2014

Yvette Atienza performing
aSingJazz Club
July 31st, 2014
featuring:
Yvette Atienza - Vocals
Mario Serio - Piano
Gman - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Yvette Atienza performing
aSingJazz Club
July 31st, 2014
featuring:
Yvette Atienza - Vocals
Mario Serio - Piano
Gman - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

27072014
JZ Club Shanghai
with 
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

27072014
JZ Club Shanghai
with
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

July 26th, 2014 Workshop with
Jeremy Monteiro, Ernie Watts
Tamagoh & Christy Smith
JZ school Shanghai

July 26th, 2014 Workshop with
Jeremy Monteiro, Ernie Watts
Tamagoh & Christy Smith
JZ school Shanghai

Jeremy Monteiro
Composition Tour
Special Guest Ernie Watts 
JZ Club Shanghai
July 27th 2014
with 
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Jeremy Monteiro
Composition Tour
Special Guest Ernie Watts
JZ Club Shanghai
July 27th 2014
with
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Ernie Watts and Christy Smith SingJazz Club 230720014
1 minute after the last note !! still smokin!!

Ernie Watts and Christy Smith SingJazz Club 230720014
1 minute after the last note !! still smokin!!

Jeremy Monteiro, Ernie Watts and Christy Smith
 Singjazz Club
230720014

Jeremy Monteiro, Ernie Watts and Christy Smith
Singjazz Club
230720014

Jeremy Monteiro
Composition Tour July 22nd & 23rd 2014 with
Rani Singam - Vocals
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Michael Veerapen - Piano
Rit Xu - Flutes
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Jeremy Monteiro
Composition Tour July 22nd & 23rd 2014 with
Rani Singam - Vocals
Ernie Watts - Saxophone
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Michael Veerapen - Piano
Rit Xu - Flutes
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Southbridge Trio
The Esplanade Concourse 060714
With
Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Eddie Layman

Southbridge Trio
The Esplanade Concourse 060714
With
Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Eddie Layman

Gaia Grooves Gig
Richard Jackson - Vocals, Keys Abraham - Vocals
Wei Xiang - Piano, Eddie Layman - Drums, Christy Smith - Basses
Hosted by Missy Gaia: Mallika Naguran

Gaia Grooves Gig
Richard Jackson - Vocals, Keys Abraham - Vocals
Wei Xiang - Piano, Eddie Layman - Drums, Christy Smith - Basses
Hosted by Missy Gaia: Mallika Naguran


Gaia Grooves Gig is a charity event with Asia's finest jazz, soul, roots and R&B in an intimate setting for those who love nature. The premiere event is themed on trees and rainforests, as such, deforestation issues will be also discussed against a musical setting.
Haze, or transboundary air pollution, affects Singapore yearly due to forest/plantation fires in neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.
Gaia Discovery, the organiser of this event, hopesGaia Grooves Gig is a charity event with Asia's finest jazz, soul, roots and R&B in an intimate setting for those who love nature. The premiere event is themed on trees and rainforests, as such, deforestation issues will be also discussed against a musical setting.
Haze, or transboundary air pollution, affects Singapore yearly due to forest/plantation fires in neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.
Gaia Discovery, the organiser of this event, hopes to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts caused by this extreme environmental disaster through live events, in addition to articles and research. Founder Mallika Naguran says, "Music is a medium through which people can be moved from within to love nature. The gig supports Gaia Discovery with the fundamental mission of reaching out to people, towards change for the better.", in addition to articles and research. Founder Mallika Naguran says, "Music is a medium through which people can be moved from within to love nature. The gig supports Gaia Discovery with the fundamental mission of reaching out to people, towards change for the better."

June 21st & 28th 2014, eZra Brown - Saxophone, 
Wei Xiang - Piano,
G-Man and Darryl Ervin - Drums, 
Christy Smith - Basses

June 21st & 28th 2014, eZra Brown - Saxophone,
Wei Xiang - Piano,
G-Man and Darryl Ervin - Drums,
Christy Smith - Basses

SingJazz Club Jam Every Sunday 8:30pm, with Tan Wei Xiang on Piano, Eddie Layman on Drums and Christy Smith on Basses

SingJazz Jam
Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Eddie Layman

SingJazz Jam
Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Eddie Layman

SingJazz Jam
Christy Smith, Tan Wei Xiang and Eddie Layman

SingJazzClub
June 3rd, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

SingJazzClub
June 3rd, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

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Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

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Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

Pianobotanica
June 1st, 2014
JAZZ BRASILEIRO
Jeremy Monteiro, Juliana da Silva
Christy Smith, Shawn Letts
Goh Yong Seng Tamagoh, Rick Smith
Mohamed Noor and Rit Xu.

Christy Smith with James Flynn
 at the newly opened ! SingJazz Club
May 30th, 2014

Christy Smith with James Flynn
at the newly opened ! SingJazz Club
May 30th, 2014

Grand Hyatt Singapore Christy Smith Sebastian Ho Pablo Calzado Greg Lyons

Christy Smith, Sebastian Ho
Pablo Calzado, Greg Lyons
Grand Hyatt Singapore
May 2014

Christy Smith with Alina Ramirez Melendez
May 2014

Christy Smith with Alina Ramirez Melendez
May 2014

Christy Smith KL International Jazz Festival

Christy Smith
KL International Jazz Festival
May, 2014


Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis & Nicholas Mcbride

At the MAS oneworld Stage. This was it. Straight Ahead at the Top. If
Christy Smith provided the foundation for the straight ahead stuff with the Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet earlier, this time it was the top cats Christy Smith/Kirk Lightsey featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mcbride. Experienced musicians with impeccable reputation. Christy is one of the top session bass players in Asia. From backing up Sarah Vaughn, Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl to Stevie Wonder. Kirk Lightsey himself worked with jazz legend Betty Carter and toured with Dexter Gordon for years. Keith Loftis has been described as the most dynamic jazz saxophonist as of today. He was in Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and also backed-up Pop/R& B artists like Mary J. Blige and Usher. Nicholas Mcbride is known for his versatility and has played with countless musicians and is currently based in Shanghai since 2002.

Their performance was a most wonderful experience. The audience in front of them could literally feel the energy. They opened with a drum solo to announce their music. The first composition was ‘
Premonition’ By Michael Stanton (dedicated this to his memory). Second one was ‘The Time is Now‘. Finally a trilogy of three songs ‘PEE WEE ‘ Tony Willams; which settled into a bass and flute duet with Kirk that introduced the composition HABIBA that interlocks with Heaven Dance composed by Kirk Lightsey. Last was a MCcoy Tyner blues ‘ Blues on the Corner’.

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride at KL International Jazz Festival May, 2014

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride
KL International Jazz Festival
May, 2014


Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis & Nicholas Mcbride

At the MAS oneworld Stage. This was it. Straight Ahead at the Top. If
Christy Smith provided the foundation for the straight ahead stuff with the Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet earlier, this time it was the top cats Christy Smith/Kirk Lightsey featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mcbride. Experienced musicians with impeccable reputation. Christy is one of the top session bass players in Asia. From backing up Sarah Vaughn, Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl to Stevie Wonder. Kirk Lightsey himself worked with jazz legend Betty Carter and toured with Dexter Gordon for years. Keith Loftis has been described as the most dynamic jazz saxophonist as of today. He was in Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and also backed-up Pop/R& B artists like Mary J. Blige and Usher. Nicholas Mcbride is known for his versatility and has played with countless musicians and is currently based in Shanghai since 2002.

Their performance was a most wonderful experience. The audience in front of them could literally feel the energy. They opened with a drum solo to announce their music. The first composition was ‘
Premonition’ By Michael Stanton (dedicated this to his memory). Second one was ‘The Time is Now‘. Finally a trilogy of three songs ‘PEE WEE ‘ Tony Willams; which settled into a bass and flute duet with Kirk that introduced the composition HABIBA that interlocks with Heaven Dance composed by Kirk Lightsey. Last was a MCcoy Tyner blues ‘ Blues on the Corner’.

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride at KL International Jazz Festival May, 2014

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride
KL International Jazz Festival
May, 2014
Click on picture for full report.


Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis & Nicholas Mcbride

At the MAS oneworld Stage. This was it. Straight Ahead at the Top. If
Christy Smith provided the foundation for the straight ahead stuff with the Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet earlier, this time it was the top cats Christy Smith/Kirk Lightsey featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mcbride. Experienced musicians with impeccable reputation. Christy is one of the top session bass players in Asia. From backing up Sarah Vaughn, Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl to Stevie Wonder. Kirk Lightsey himself worked with jazz legend Betty Carter and toured with Dexter Gordon for years. Keith Loftis has been described as the most dynamic jazz saxophonist as of today. He was in Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and also backed-up Pop/R& B artists like Mary J. Blige and Usher. Nicholas Mcbride is known for his versatility and has played with countless musicians and is currently based in Shanghai since 2002.

Their performance was a most wonderful experience. The audience in front of them could literally feel the energy. They opened with a drum solo to announce their music. The first composition was ‘
Premonition’ By Michael Stanton (dedicated this to his memory). Second one was ‘The Time is Now‘. Finally a trilogy of three songs ‘PEE WEE ‘ Tony Willams; which settled into a bass and flute duet with Kirk that introduced the composition HABIBA that interlocks with Heaven Dance composed by Kirk Lightsey. Last was a MCcoy Tyner blues ‘ Blues on the Corner’.

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride at KL International Jazz Festival May, 2014

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride
KL International Jazz Festival
May, 2014


Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis & Nicholas Mcbride

At the MAS oneworld Stage. This was it. Straight Ahead at the Top. If
Christy Smith provided the foundation for the straight ahead stuff with the Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet earlier, this time it was the top cats Christy Smith/Kirk Lightsey featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mcbride. Experienced musicians with impeccable reputation. Christy is one of the top session bass players in Asia. From backing up Sarah Vaughn, Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl to Stevie Wonder. Kirk Lightsey himself worked with jazz legend Betty Carter and toured with Dexter Gordon for years. Keith Loftis has been described as the most dynamic jazz saxophonist as of today. He was in Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and also backed-up Pop/R& B artists like Mary J. Blige and Usher. Nicholas Mcbride is known for his versatility and has played with countless musicians and is currently based in Shanghai since 2002.

Their performance was a most wonderful experience. The audience in front of them could literally feel the energy. They opened with a drum solo to announce their music. The first composition was ‘
Premonition’ By Michael Stanton (dedicated this to his memory). Second one was ‘The Time is Now‘. Finally a trilogy of three songs ‘PEE WEE ‘ Tony Willams; which settled into a bass and flute duet with Kirk that introduced the composition HABIBA that interlocks with Heaven Dance composed by Kirk Lightsey. Last was a MCcoy Tyner blues ‘ Blues on the Corner’.

The Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride at KL International Jazz Festival May, 2014

KL International Jazz & Arts Festival
May 17th and 18th, 2014
University of Malaya
Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mc Bride


Christy Smith / Kirk Lightsey Quartet
featuring
Keith Loftis & Nicholas Mcbride

At the MAS oneworld Stage. This was it. Straight Ahead at the Top. If
Christy Smith provided the foundation for the straight ahead stuff with the Patrick Terbrack New York Quartet earlier, this time it was the top cats Christy Smith/Kirk Lightsey featuring Keith Loftis and Nicholas Mcbride. Experienced musicians with impeccable reputation. Christy is one of the top session bass players in Asia. From backing up Sarah Vaughn, Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl to Stevie Wonder. Kirk Lightsey himself worked with jazz legend Betty Carter and toured with Dexter Gordon for years. Keith Loftis has been described as the most dynamic jazz saxophonist as of today. He was in Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and also backed-up Pop/R& B artists like Mary J. Blige and Usher. Nicholas Mcbride is known for his versatility and has played with countless musicians and is currently based in Shanghai since 2002.

Their performance was a most wonderful experience. The audience in front of them could literally feel the energy. They opened with a drum solo to announce their music. The first composition was ‘
Premonition’ By Michael Stanton (dedicated this to his memory). Second one was ‘The Time is Now‘. Finally a trilogy of three songs ‘PEE WEE ‘ Tony Willams; which settled into a bass and flute duet with Kirk that introduced the composition HABIBA that interlocks with Heaven Dance composed by Kirk Lightsey. Last was a MCcoy Tyner blues ‘ Blues on the Corner’.


The jazzspotlight:

World’s renowned bassist Christy Smith is a familiar name to jazz fans in the U.S. and Singapore, where he currently lives. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from California University Fullerton, Smith went on to establish himself as one of today’s most versatile artists. In addition to being a double bass player, he is also a composer, arranger and teacher. During his career, he has either performed or recorded with international stars like Stevie Wonder, Charlie Haden and George Bohannon.

Kirk Lightsey and Christy Smith
Credits: bongoutmusic.tumblr.com & noblacktie.com.my
At the KL International Jazz Festival, Christy Smith will lead his quartet along with pianist Kirk Lightsey, known for his tours with Dexter Gordon (from 1979 to 1983), for being a member of The Leaders (in the late 1980s) and collaborations with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Chet Baker, Kenny Burrell and, more recently, Gregory Porter. On Sunday night, Smith and Lightsey will be joined on stage by two special guests: Nicholas McBride and Keith Loftis.

Drummer Nicholas McBride is well-known to jazz crowds in Australia, his birthplace, the US, India and China, where he relocated to from 1992 to 2002. McBride is famous for having played with various prominent jazz names, as well as for being one of the founding members of the non-profit music collective the Jazzgroove Association, one of Sydney’s most successful creative music oganizations.

Dallas-born Keith Loftis is considered one of today’s most dynamic jazz saxophonists. After studying jazz and classical music as a child, he graduated from the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual and Performing ARts, where he was fellow classmate of two-time Grammy Award winner Roy Hargrove. Known for his extensive tours around the globe, with stops in Europe, Asia and parts of the Middle East, Keith Loftis now regularly performs with South African jazz maestro Abdullah Ibrahim, master drummer Michael Carvin adn the Roy Hargrove Big Band.


Borneo Jazz, May, 9th and 10th, 2014. Christy Smith performing with Diana Liu, Lewis Pragasam and Tan Wei Xiang.

Borneo Jazz
May, 9th and 10th, 2014.
Christy Smith performing with Diana Liu
Lewis Pragasam and Tan Wei Xiang.

Thomson Big Band Magic, 20 years of Jazz with Christy Smith, Esplanade Singapore, April 20th, 2014 featuring Greta Matassa, Greg Glassman and Alemay Fernandez

Thomson Big Band Magic
20 years of Jazz with Christy Smith
Esplanade Singapore
April 20th, 2014
featuring
Greta Matassa, Greg Glassman
Alemay Fernandez

Greg Glassman, Wei Xiang, Eddy Layman and Christy Smith at the Sultan Jazz Club, April 18th, 2014

Greg Glassman, Wei Xiang
Eddie Layman and Christy Smith
Sultan Jazz Club
April 18th, 2014

April 11th, 2014 Yvette Atienza - Vocals
Mario Serio - Piano & Keyboards
Louis Soliano - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

April 11th, 2014
Singjazz Club
with
Yvette Atienza - Vocals
Mario Serio - Piano & Keyboards
Louis Soliano - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

Kathleen Potten, April 3rd, 2014 Sultan Jazz Club with Christy Smith on Bass, Darryl Ervin on Drums and Sebastiaan Ho on Guitar

Kathleen Potten
April 3rd, 2014
Sultan Jazz Club
Christy Smith on Bass
Darryl Ervin on Drums
Sebastiaan Ho on Guitar

The Christy Smith Pac Pacific Treeo, March 27th, 2014
 at The Sultan jazz Club

The Christy Smith Pac Pacific Treeo
Me Sheum - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
Eddie Layman - Drums
March 27th, 2014
The Sultan jazz Club

The International
Women’s Day, March 8th, 2014
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur

The International
Women’s Day, March 8th, 2014
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur

Playfreely+ 2014, January 10-12th

Playfreely+ 2014, January 10-12th

Christmas Eve Jazz Night 2013 at Halia, Raffles Hotel with TamaGioh on Drums

Christmas Eve Jazz Night 2013
Halia, Raffles Hotel
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
TamaGoh - Drums

Merry Bebop ! 
With Jeremy Monteiro and Friends.
Dec 21th, 2013
Esplanade Concert Hall

Merry Bebop !
With Jeremy Monteiro and Friends.
Dec 21th, 2013
Esplanade Concert Hall

Sultan Jazz Club
Featuring
Viva Vinson (Vocals)
Mario Serio - piano, Christy Smith - Bass,
Eddy Layman- drums
December 4th, 2013

Sultan Jazz Club
Featuring
Viva Vinson - Vocals
Mario Serio - piano
Christy Smith - Bass,
Eddie Layman - drums
December 4th, 2013

November 29th, 2013
School of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore
The Russia-Singapore  Jazz Symphonia Concert
with the Jeremy Monteiro Sextet
featuring Christy Smith on Double Bass

November 29th, 2013
School of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore
The Russia-Singapore Jazz Symphonia Concert
with the Jeremy Monteiro Sextet
featuring Christy Smith on Double Bass

November 23rd, 2013 Sultan Jazz Club
Featuring
Junji Delfino - Vocals
Wei Xiang - piano
Wen - drums
Christy Smith - Bass

Sultan Jazz Club
Featuring
Junji Delfino - Vocals
Wei Xiang - piano
Wen - drums
Christy Smith - Bass

Sultan Jazz Club, James Flynn - vocals, Wei Xiang - piano, Christy Smith - Double Bass

Sultan Jazz Club
James Flynn - vocals
Wei Xiang - piano
Christy Smith - Double Bass

Sultan Jazz Club. Featuring: Jacintha Abisheganaden - vocals, Rick Smith - guitar
Christy Smith - Double Bass

Sultan Jazz Club
Jacintha Abisheganaden - Vocals
Rick Smith - Guitar
Christy Smith - Double Bass

KLJazz International Jazz Day 2013
with the Christy Smith Quartet

KLJazz International Jazz Day 2013
with the Christy Smith Quartet

The Maya Nova Quartet - July 10, 2012

The Maya Nova Quartet - July 10, 2012

June 2013:  Asian tour with Jeremy Montero, Shawn Kelley and Christy Smith, featuring singers Melissa Tham from Singapore, Eileina DEnnis from Britain and Nancy Kelly from the United States. Performances in Singapore, Jakarta, Tapei and Bangkok.

June 2013:
Three Diva’s Asian Tour
Jeremy Montero
Shawn Kelley
Christy Smith
featuring singers
Melissa Tham from Singapore
Eileina D'Ennis from Britain
Nancy Kelly from the United States
Performances in Singapore, Jakarta, Tapei and Bangkok.

Sultan Jazz Club
Magos Herrera – vocals
Christy Smith – Bass
Kerong Chok – Piano
Alex Kautz – Drums

Sultan Jazz Club
March 13th & 14th, 2013
Magos Herrera – vocals
Christy Smith – Bass
Kerong Chok – Piano
Alex Kautz – Drums

Sultan Jazz Club November 22nd, 2012
Christy’s Birthday celebration

Sultan Jazz Club November 22nd, 2012
Christy’s Birthday celebration

Christy Smith and Friends Live at the Sultan Jazz Club, November 23th, 2012

Christy Smith and Friends Live at the Sultan Jazz Club, November 23th, 2012

Chock Keong with Wen (drums), Andrew Lim (guitar), Christy Smith (bass)

Chock Keong - Piano
Wen (drums)
Andrew Lim (guitar)
Christy Smith (bass)

An evening on May 30st, 2012 with the great saxophonist Ernie Watts together with the Jeremy Monteiro International Trio at Hong Kongs Foreign Correspondents Club. With Jeremy Monteiro (keyboards), Christy Smith (bass) and Shawn Kelley (drums)

An evening on May 30st, 2012
with the great saxophonist
Ernie Watts together with
the
Jeremy Monteiro International Trio
at
Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents' Club
With:
Ernie Watts (Saxophones)
Jeremy Monteiro (keyboards)
Christy Smith (bass)
Shawn Kelley (drums)

The Ernie Watts / Jeremy Monteiro International Trio
Ernie Watts - Saxophone,
Eugene Pao - Guitar
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
Shawn Kelley - Drums

 At Grappas Cellar in Hong Kong July 2011

The Ernie Watts / Jeremy Monteiro International Trio
Ernie Watts - Saxophone,
Eugene Pao - Guitar
Jeremy Monteiro - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
Shawn Kelley - Drums

At
Grappas Cellar in Hong Kong July 2011

With Alex Foster June 3,4,10 & 11, 2011
at No Black tie Kuala Lumpur

With Alex Foster June 3,4,10 & 11, 2011
at No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur
Alex Foster - Saxophone
Wei Xiang - Piano
Valtinho Anastacio

Poster/Ad for the Singapore-France Jazz 
Alliance Francaise Concert 25/25 March 2010

Poster/Ad for the Singapore-France Jazz
Alliance Francaise Concert 25/26 March 2010

March, 2010, Guang, 21st Century Global music education integrating science and spiritualities, masters and musicians from 8 countries, held in Bedugul National Park Bali, Indonesia. To balance what could become a somewhat cerebral and advanced foray into avantgarde aesthetics, gurus such as American jazz bassist Christy Smith kept things practical and entertained everyone with his earthy humour.

March, 2010:
GAUNG: 21st Century Global Music Education integrating science and spiritualities, masters and musicians from 8 countries, held in Bedugul National Park Bali, Indonesia.
To balance what could become a somewhat cerebral and advanced foray into avant-garde aesthetics, gurus such as American jazz bassist Christy Smith kept things practical and entertained everyone with his earthy humour.

Christy Smith with Oscar Seaton 2010

Christy Smith with Oscar Seaton 2010

Jeremy Monteiro Trio
Christy Smith on bass
Soh Wen Ming on drums
at the APEC banquet November 14th, 2009

Jeremy Monteiro Trio
Christy Smith on bass
Soh Wen Ming on drums
at the APEC banquet November 14th, 2009

Christy Smith, Anne Weerapass, Shawn Kelley
Legendary jazz musician Sonny Rollins (L) with jazz pianist the late Michael Stanton (R) May 2008.

Legendary jazz musician Sonny Rollins with jazz pianist the late Michael Stanton May 2008.

Christy Smith with Michael Stanton and Corinne Gibbons 2007
Christy Smith with Michael Stanton and Corinne Gibbons 2007

Christy Smith, Michael Stanton and Corinne Gibbons 2007

Christy Smith and Greg Lyons with Global Spirit Tour in South East Asia 2006

Global Spirit Tour Greg Lyons and Christy Smith 2006

Christy Smith with Greg Lyons Global Spirit Tour in South East Asia 2006

Global Spirit Tour Greg Lyons and Christy Smith 2006

The late Michael Stanton performing at Brix Singapore April 21st 2006

The late Michael Stanton performing at Brix Singapore April 21st 2006


Michael Stanton - piano, keyboards arranger, and producer – With four decades in the music business, Michael was easily one of the most experienced and versatile pianists in Singapore. Michael ’s incredibly vast experience in the music business included performing with and co-writing songs with musical giants Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and touring with legends like Natalie Cole, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, among many others. Including touring Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia and playing jazz and Latin music with stalwarts like Willie Bobo, Jean Luc Ponty, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Cranshaw and Eloise Laws, Michael possessed a stunning and powerful musical approach, a tasteful and imaginative expression and an outstanding ability to add colour to a musical piece.


Premonition from :
Christy Smith's - The Time Is Now Sessions
Composed by Michael Stanton


See his life on the youtube video below or click on Michaels picture above to go directly to YouTube



Music and pictures walk us through the life of Los Angeles native Michael Stanton. He spent the last 12 years of his life as a resident of Bedok, Singapore. He was an amazing piano player who played, arranged and wrote for many musical greats including Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to name a few.



News Article from TODAYonline, December 2008:

MUSICIANS have never shied away from giving support to a worthy cause from Live Aid to Live Earth. And this weekend, several of the top musicians in Singapore are rallying to help an ailing friend in need: Jazz keyboardist Michael Stanton.

The American keyboardist, based here since 1997, was diagnosed last Thursday with terminal pancreatic cancer, and some of his closest friends and collaborators are holding a benefit concert to raise funds for his medical treatment, and to send him safely home to his family in Compton, California.

Stanton, a consummate pianist, arranger and songwriter, has performed with some of the top names in Asian jazz, including pianist Jeremy Monteiro, singer Anne Weerapass, Malaysian jazz drumming legend Lewis Pragasam and saxophonist Greg Lyons.

However, even before reaching our shores, the Californian perfected his chops with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, ChakaKhan, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder — you can hear him on Wonder’s groundbreaking album from 1977, Songs in the Key of Life.

Stanton arrived here at the behest of fellow musician and Compton native, Christy Smith, who played bass with Harry’s resident band Chromazone. After a stint at the now-defunct Somerset Jazz Bar at the former Westin Stamford Hotel, Stanton decided to make Singapore his home, performing at Harry’s at Boat Quay, Swing@Cuppage Terrace, Raffles Hotel, Jazz@Southbridge and most recently, QuaruBar@Dempsey Hill.
Christy Smith with Chromazone in Harrys Bar

Christy Smith with Chromazone in Harry's Bar

Aya Sekine with Christy Smith on bass, Andrew Lim on guitar and Aaron Lee.

Aya Sekine with Christy Smith on bass
Andrew Lim on guitar
Aaron Jamez Lee on drums

Kirk Lightsey Trio at Club LOpera
Kirk Lightsey - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
Louis Soliano- Drums

Kirk Lightsey Trio at Club L'Opera
Kirk Lightsey - Piano
Christy Smith - Bass
Louis Soliano- Drums

Christy Smith with Wynton Marsalis and John Outerbridge, October 31st, 2002 at Harrys Jazz Club Boat Quay, Singapore

Christy Smith with Wynton Marsalis and Jeremy Monteiro
31-10-2002 Harry's Boat Quay

Christy Smith with Wynton Marsalis and John Outerbridge, October 31st, 2002 at Harrys Jazz Club Boat Quay, Singapore

Christy Smith with Wynton Marsalis and John Outterbridge
31-10-2002 Harry's Bar Boat Quay

Dini Clarke (R) with Christy Smith, Terry Ng, Mei Sheum, Eddy Layman, Rick Smith

Dini Clarke (R) with Christy Smith, Terry Ng, Mei Sheum, Eddy Layman, Rick Smith

LaJazz:

Dini Clarke Has Died

(Jun 16, 2009 9:37 AM EDT)
Beloved Dini Clarke passed away the early morning of June 14th, 2009 from heart failure. He was a dear friend and will be greatly missed.
Extraordinary musician, arranger, vocal coach, pianist, dancer, actor, singer of songs, beloved Dini Clarke passed away the early morning of June 14th, 2009 from heart failure. He was originally from Washington D.C. but has been a mainstay in the Los Angeles community for over four decades.

Dini entered the U.S. Navy and became Musician 2nd Class Petty Officer playing clarinet in the military band and piano in the dance band. He earned his bachelor degree in piano and voice, completing graduate work in composition and musicology with Mark Fax at Howard University. This was also the beginning of his enduring teaching career by giving voice classes both at Howard University and privately. The next few years Dini, with his trio, backed several singers including Mel Tormé, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Diahann Carroll and Al Hibbler. In addition, Dini has played in various groups such as Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Tiny Grimes, Louis Jordan, Kai and Jay, Eddie South and Stuff Smith.

Moving to New York, under management of Mercer Ellington, Dini composed lyrics to songs of Billy Strayhorn and began a song writing career. While living in New York City, he continued to vocal coach and worked in the legal department at ASCAP as a music analyst. At night you'd find him performing in various night spots. While vacationing in Los Angeles, he was offered the job of musical director of an NBC show called "Fragments" for which he composed the theme, sang several songs, arranged and conducted the music. He remained in L.A., studying dance with Roland Dupree, and acting with Leonard Nimoy which led to an acting career that encompassed appearances on "General Hospital," "Hill Street Blues," and 16 episodes of "Misfits of Science".

Dini was a much sought after voice teacher-coach, having had the position of Vocal Director for eleven musicals, including "West Side Story," "Oliver" and "Gypsy". He taught privately as well for such well known artists as Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau (winner of five GRAMMY Awards), Ernestine Anderson (receiver of five GRAMMY nominations), Peabo Bryson (winner of more than five GRAMMY awards), Lonnette McKee of "Cotton Club" and "'Round Midnight" fame, Debbie Shapiro-Gravitte (who won a TONY Award for her performance in "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"), Dianne Reeves (also a GRAMMY winner) and numerous others. Dini taught voice classes at Los Angeles City College for 16 years, as well as USC Music Department, Howard University and at Leimert Park's World Stage Theater in Los Angeles.

He was a dear friend and will be greatly missed!
Christy Smith with James Moody

Christy Smith with James Moody

James Moody and the Jeremy Monteiro Trio with Jeremy Monteiro on Keyboards, Christy Smith on Basses and Tamagoh on Drums. At the Centro Cultural de Macau. September 9th, 2000

James Moody

and the

Jeremy Monteiro Trio

with

Jeremy Monteiro - Keys
Tamagoh - Drums
Christy Smith - Basses

At the Centro Cultural de Macau
September 9th, 2000


James Moody and the Jeremy Monteiro Trio with Jeremy Monteiro on Keyboards, Christy Smith on Basses and Tamagoh on Drums. At the Centro Cultural de Macau. September 9th, 2000
Christy Smith with James Moody

Christy Smith with James Moody

Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson Christy Smith Marcus Printup  Walter Blanding 2002

Christy Smith
with
Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson,
Marcus Printup
and
Walter Blanding
Harry’ s Bar at Boat Quay
2002

Christy Smith with Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson

Christy Smith with Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson

Christy Smith with Bob James

Christy Smith with Bob James

Christy Smith with Munyungo Jackson

Christy Smith with Munyungo Jackson

Christy Smith with Paul Jackson Jr 1996

Christy Smith with Paul Jackson Jr 1996

Christy Smith with Al Tootie Heath 1996

Christy Smith with Al Tootie Heath 1996

Christy Smith with Harold Land Sr.

Christy Smith with Harold Land Sr.

Christy Smith (On the left) with Elvin Jones (middle),  Clarence Johnston and Darryl Moore at the World Stage

Christy Smith (On the left) with Elvin Jones (middle), Clarence Johnston and Darryl Moore at the World Stage '92

1977 Sun Ra approached Christy Smith individually almost everyday in Africa. He spoke about the importance of discipline as a musician - as a spearhead for the future of the arts.

1977 Sun Ra approached me individually almost everyday in Africa.
He spoke about the importance of discipline as a musician - as a spearhead for the future of the arts.

Christy Smith performed with Fela Kuti in 1977 - on the side of Festac, at the African Shrine, Kalakuta Republic.

Christy Smith performed with Fela Kuti in 1977
On the side of Festac, at the African Shrine, Kalakuta Republic.

FESTAC 77, Christy Smith performed with Troy Robinson and The Creative Musicians, Watts Towers Foundation.

FESTAC '77:
Christy Smith performed with Troy Robinson and
The Creative Musicians, Watts Towers Foundation.

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith whose music takes our souls into the joyful. One of most joyful and skilful musicians in Singapore with an awesome jazz groove. Photograph by CLIP Image Resource Centre Singapore

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith whose music takes our souls into the joyful.
One of most joyful and skilful musicians in Singapore with an awesome jazz groove.
Photograph by CLIP -
Image Resource Centre Singapore

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant

Press Picture of Bassist Christy Smith photographed by Zurina Bryant


Contact Christy Smith via this link