Jeremy Monteiro

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Jeremy Monteiro
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Jeremy Monteiro (far right)
Background information
Born20 June 1960
GenresJazz, Latin jazz, classical, Chinese classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, bandleader
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, organ
Years active1976–present
Associated actsJames Moody, Michael Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Mann, Paulinho DaCosta, Ernie Watts

Jeremy Monteiro (born 20 June 1960, Singapore) is a jazz pianist, singer, composer, and music educator. In his native country he was named "Singapore's King of Swing" by the local press.[1] He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2002.[2]

Early life[edit]

Monteiro grew up in a family that loved music. His parents played musical instruments and both his sisters played piano. He took piano lessons at a young age. He was drawn to the spontaneity of jazz.[3]


By the time he was sixteen, Monteiro was working as a professional musician. He spent many years playing in local clubs and at international festivals. In 1988 he performed with his band, Monteiro, Young & Holt, at the Montreux Jazz Festival, with Toots Thielemans at the Singapore Arts Festival in 2003, and two years later at the inaugural Mosaic Music Festival.

He has performed or recorded with Michael Brecker, Paulinho DaCosta, Charlie Haden, Shawn Kelly, Herbie Mann, Paul Martin, James Moody, Lee Ritenour, Simon and Garfunkel, Ernie Watts, and Eldee Young.

Monteiro runs his own production house, Showtime Productions, and is the Director of Composers and Authors Society of Singapore, a company which administers music copyrights. He was appointed to the National Arts Council Singapore, elected to the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce in the UK, and named a Fellow of the London College of Music, which is part of the Thames Valley University. He was appointed artistic director of the Singapore International Jazz Festival in 2001.

Personal life[edit]

Monteiro has two sisters, Sheila and Claressa, the latter a professional jazz singer.[4] He also has a son, Varian.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Composer of the national song, "One People, One Nation, One Singapore", 1990
  • Silver Medal, for work as a composer, International Radio Festival of New York, 1991
  • Cultural Medallion, first jazz musician to win this award, 2002
  • Lifetime achievement award, given by Sri Chinmoy, 2003

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1986: Back to Basics
  • 1988: Blues for the Saxophone Club
  • 1988: Faces & Places
  • 1990: Always in Love
  • 1997: Songs My Dad Taught Me
  • 2000: The Girl from Ipanema
  • 2002: Swinging in Chicago
  • 2003: Songs for You, Karen
  • 2005: Foolish Heart
  • 2005: Only Trust Your Heart
  • 2006: Homecoming
  • 2009: Singapore Swing: A Jazz Album of Singapore Songs
  • 2010: Jeremy Monteiro Compositions: Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1
  • 2011: Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival
  • 2014: Jazz-Blues Brothers
  • 2014: Let's Keep Christmas in Our Hearts


  1. ^ "Toots Thielemans joins Jeremy Monteiro on stage". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Jeremy Monteiro". National Library, Singapore. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Swinging Into Xmas with Jeremy Monteiro". Popspoken. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Gold 90FM DJ Claressa Monteiro wins Compass Award". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 25 December 2010.

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