If I say jazz music is a form of art, few will disagree. And like many other art forms, it has to be appreciated by different senses to bring out the true beauty of it. A friend of mine recently had a conversation with me on this. He feels that a true jazz bar is one that is crowded, rowdy, and smoky, in other words, full of life and energy. Simply by conjuring up a place like this in my mind is sufficient for me to ‘feel’ the intensity of the kind of jazz bars he knows, squeezing past dozens of people to reach the bar, shouting out my order to the bartender and occasionally closing me eyes to soak into atmosphere of swing notes and improvisations by the vocalist and musicians. Although I have never been to one like that, it must have been quite an experience.
Monti located at the iconic Fullerton Pavilion is another kind of jazz bar. A beautiful kind. Looking out into the waterfront view of the Marina Bay while sipping your jazz-inspired cocktails, Monti houses an exquisite jazz lounge that local jazz legend, Jeremy Monteiro, regards as “one of the best venues in the world I’ve had the pleasure of playing in”.
Monti has a contemporary design complete with full glass dome, open-air rooftop terrace looking out to the Marina Bay area and copper and gold hues, alluding a luxe appeal instead of a chaotic and busy one many jazz bars are. Monti compares itself with iconic jazz venues such as Birdland or Village Vanguard in New York City and Blue Note in Tokyo, inviting international, regional and new local acts to take the stage regularly.
On regular nights, familiar faces in the local lounge circuit like Louis Soliano, Tama Goh, Rick Smith, Andrew Lim and Melissa Tham will play live jazz, mixing Classic Jazz with Blues, Soul and
even more esoteric styles such as Skunk Jive. Jeremy Monteiro curates Monti’s music programme and performs occasionally as well. “I have played in many great jazz venues in my 41-year career including venues such as Ronnie Scotts in London and the oldest Jazz Club in Europe, the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt,” he says. “Monti is poised to not only be the most beautiful jazz lounge in the world, but a true beacon of great jazz. I’m very excited to be part of this endeavour.”
Dining with Jazz at Monti
If you are looking to ‘jazz-up’ your date, Monti offers a ‘Jazz Dinner Menu’ for two at $160++. It comes with a 3-course meal and a jazz-inspired cocktail. Is there such a thing as jazz-inspired cocktail? Resident mixologist Joseph T. Millar who studied Jazz history and music for three years and designs the drinks at Monti wants to encapsulate the spirit, history and various jazz styles by thoughtfully choosing the ingredients to reflect the jazz culture.
So, if you like jazz with a view, Monti is a great place to start.
Address: 82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion, Singapore 049327
Phone: +65 65350724
Email: [email protected] (for events), [email protected] (dining reservations)
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 12.00pm to 1.00am, Saturday and Public Holidays: 6.00pm to 1.00am, Sunday: 6.00pm to 1.00am (Bar and Lounge Only)