If you are a regular here at Singapore Music, you will already be well aware of the thriving live music scene that exists on the island. But did you know that Singapore is also home to a great blues and jazz scene? It's true. Even though the entire state measures a mere 71 km², world class blues and jazz clubs are scattered all over Singapore. Here are a few of our favourites.
There are few live music venues of any description in Singapore that are quite as charming, welcoming and downright cosy as the Astor Bar. Just off Orchard Road, it is the second home of pianist and vocalist Ron Sinclair who plays ultra-smooth jazz tunes long into the night, while the regulars and drop-ins enjoy refreshments from a superb wine list, which includes a few out of this world champagnes.
Step through the doors of the Sultan and you feel like you've stepped out the other end of a time machine. On every level, this gorgeous little jazz spot has been designed and decorated to mimic perfectly a swinging club from the golden age of jazz. Located in the Sultan Hotel at 101 Jalan Sultan, it's a real jazz lover's place – an intimate venue that allows the audience to really get up close and personal with the musicians.
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One of the most long established clubs in the Singapore jazz scene, Southbridge's world class resident band has been thrilling its loyal regulars for years now with their compelling, energetic shows. The music isn't the only thing to enjoy in this Raffles Avenue hotspot – it also offers a superb food menu.
Beloved by locals, the Blu Jaz Café offers both blues and jazz gigs in a bustling atmosphere. Gloriously bright coloured décor on both levels of its two story building perfectly suits the ultra-lively mood. House DJs play upstairs too, for those that want to keep the party going after the gig.
If whisky and jazz sounds like a good combination to you, then you should get yourself down to the Malt Vault in the basement of the Screening Room. Top of the line scotch whiskeys are available at the bar, while hypnotic live jazz pumps on the stage.
If you prefer a mixed drink with your live blues and jazz, then B28 might be more to your liking. As well as the delicious cocktails it has to offer, it is also one of the comfiest bars on our list, with deep couches and lots of space. Friday is the best night to be there. Why? Because that's Jazz night, of course. It's a great spot to kick back, sip a cold refreshing beverage and take in some hip sounds in a perfectly cool atmosphere.
For some people, the appeal of jazz has to do with its smoothness, elegance and class. If this is you, then the Axis Bar on Raffles Avenue is going to be your heaven. Brilliant live performers swing, while the clientele enjoy signature cocktails and spirits while taking in a breath-taking view of Marina Bay.