NTU CAC Jazz and Blues club has come a long way since its inception in the early 2000s. Starting out as a small combo band of five people, it has now grown into a club of about 35 members.
Our club is a platform for NTU students who share the common passion for music and performance. A place where members are grouped into bands and perform at various events, both internal and external. The bands’ repertoire comprises jazz and related forms of music such as Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Blues, Funk and also Pop and Fusion genres.
Through our performances, we hope to share jazz and blues music with the NTU population and beyond. Under the expert guidance of renowned local jazz musician, Joshua Wan and Melissa Tham, we strive to achieve a professional standard of musical performance.
Joshua Wan has been a familiar face in the local music scene for the last 16 years. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music (1989), he is very involved in the local jazz scene. A regular sessionist on piano and bass, he has done stints with Chicago bass legend Eldee Young at the Sheraton Towers, ChromaZone jazz mainstays at Harry’s Quayside, ethno/world-music jazz ensemble Terra Firma featuring Otrie Barrett, and jazz guitar favourite Greg Chako at the Raffles Hotel. He has gigged extensively with jazz luminaries Christy Smith, Eddie Layman, Aya Sekine, Mike Tracy, Clarisa Monteiro, Brian Benson, Farid Ali, Rick Smith, Mario Serio, Edmond Branson Jr, Paul Ponnadurai, Tony Makarome and local jazz giant Jeremy Monteiro .
Often known as the petite jazz singer with a vintage voice, Melissa’s phrasing and singing styles are often described as mature and effortless. Serenading audiences with the popular favorites of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, she can be seen performing regularly at numerous jazz joints. Melissa’s unique and smooth vocals have brought her to numerous prominent stages such as the Timbre Music Fest, Singapore HeritageFest and Mosaic Music Festival.
We would like to hear from you! If you have any performance request, comments or feedback of anything related to our club, feel free to email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.