Smooth tunes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By NASA MARIA ENTABAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

SUL­TRY jazz and soul vo­cal pow­er­house Ale­may fer­nan­dez, dubbed “Sin­ga­pore’s jazz queen” on the is­land repub­lic, is per­form­ing with the Tay Cher Siang trio in Malaysia be­fore her back-to-back per­for­mances at Java Jazz and the Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Jazz fes­ti­vals.

With her deep vo­cals and charis­matic on­stage pres­ence, fer­nan­dez and fes­ti­val favourite Tay Cher Siang (WVC TRiO +1) are set to give mu­sic en­thu­si­asts in Kuala Lumpur two nights of smooth jazz tunes at No Black Tie to­mor­row and Satur­day.

“I have been dy­ing to per­form with Tay Cher Siang and his band for some time, be­cause their rep­u­ta­tion pre­cedes them, but the op­por­tu­nity didn’t present it­self till now, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to burn­ing up No Black Tie with these stel­lar Malaysian mu­si­cians,” says the 35-year-old fer­nan­dez, who has per­formed with David fos­ter, The Count Basie Orches­tra and Bobby Soul, in an e-mail in­ter­view.

“As for SingJazz, I could not be more ex­cited! I get to share the stage with Richard Jack­son, who is not only the love of my life but such an amaz­ing singer; and hav­ing the UK Jazz Masters per­form our orig­i­nal mu­sic. Plus I’m per­form­ing on the same stage as some of big­gest names in mu­sic, what more could I ask for?”

The part-time lec­turer at Lasalle Col­lege of The Arts Sin­ga­pore, whose voice has graced the sound­tracks of Chicken Rice War and The Ap­pren­tice Asia, was ex­posed to mu­sic at a young age.

“I have al­ways loved singing and did it all the time grow­ing up. My house was con­stantly filled with the sounds of Ella fitzger­ald, Di­nah Wash­ing­ton, Nat King Cole and frank Si­na­tra be­cause my fa­ther was a jazz fan,” says fer­nan­dez, who first knew she wanted to take singing more se­ri­ously when she saw Whit­ney Hous­ton per­form on TV many years ago.

“As a child, I al­ways thought of jazz as my dad’s mu­sic, but as I got older it sub­con­sciously be­came the type of mu­sic I would al­ways choose to per­form. Jazz is my heart and al­ways will be,” she adds.

Ex­pect this songstress to per­form old favourites from the likes of Etta James, Nancy Wil­son, Ella fitzger­ald and frank Si­na­tra, at No Black Tie.

“Jazz stan­dards re­ally are, to me, some of the best songs ever writ­ten be­cause they pos­sess the power to touch you so subtly that

Ale­may Fer­nan­dez will per­form with the Tay Cher Siang trio on Feb 21 and 22 at 10pm at No Black Tie, Jalan Me­sui, Kuala Lumpur. Cover charge is RM50.

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