A jazz band (jazz ensemble or jazz combo) is a musical ensemble that plays jazz music. Jazz bands vary in the quantity of its members and the style of jazz that they play, but it is common to find a jazz band made up of a rhythm section and a horn section.
The size of a jazz band is closely related to the style of jazz they play as well as the type of venues in which they play. Smaller jazz bands, also known as combos, are common in night clubs and other small venues and will be made up of three to seven musicians; whereas big bands are found in dance halls and other larger venues.
Jazz bands can vary in size from a big band to a smaller trio or quartet. The term jazz trio can refer to a three piece band with a pianist, double bass player, and a drummer. Some bands use vocalists, while others are purely instrumental groups. Jazz bands usually have a bandleader. In a big band setting, there is usually more than one player for a type of instrument.
Jazz bands and their composition have changed many times throughout the years just as the music itself changes with each performer’s interpretation and improvisation which is one of the greatest appeals of going to see a jazz band. A good example of such band is soundgrove music which you can contact them here
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Late last year, organizers of the Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz) said they hoped this festival would build “an ecosystem for jazz music and jazz-inspired music in Singapore.”
“There are more people playing jazz than ever before,” said jazz pianist Wei Xiang. “The diversity of music has increased tremendously. There are a lot of people actively composing their music, as opposed to before, when (the scene) was filled with the meat-and-potatoes type of cover bands.”
For Tham, a jazz singer who has been performing in Singapore and overseas for a decade, it’s not just about the number of musicians, but also the number of platforms for these artistes. “There are a lot of musicians here, but they don’t get enough exposure. There aren’t that many jazz venues here, so people don’t know about them,” she explained.
“It’s a good thing that there are festivals such as Sing Jazz – and the jazz academy – which can highlight jazz talent in Singapore,” she added. “Because even though schools have music programs; they teach mostly music that’s popular, like what’s on the radio – and the students are not so exposed to other forms of music.”
However, the path of music never does run smooth. Firstly, there’s the inevitable parental objection. You also have to perform at places you sometime would rather not.
“There is a lot of hard work that goes into (having a music career),” she added. “Young people watch those TV shows, and they think that if they just take part in contests, they can get results instantly. It doesn’t work like that. You have to do a lot of work. “Sometimes, you have to take these caris makan gigs, because that pays the bills. It’s Singapore, right? And we still have to eat. But doing those gigs are just a means for you do the gigs that you want to do.”
It cannot be denied that exploring Singapore at night is extremely interesting. Whether you want to chill out at a cozy bar or sing along with a band, there is a wealth of entertainment waiting for you after the sun goes down.