Nanyang Technological University
Cultural Activities Club

A Brief Introduction

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.

Our Committee


Steven Pratama

President


Rachel Low Pei Sze

Vice President

Our Instructors

Joshua Wan

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 .

Melissa Tham

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.

Event

Upcoming Event

10 February 2017 EEE Family Day
22 February 2017 SPMS Music Intime
4 March 2017 HOURGLASS IV
16 March 2017 CelebrateNTU @ the Quad



Past Event

Contact Us

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 jazzandbluesntu@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to FAQ section. Whether you are keen to join our club or event organizer, we have prepared these FAQ lists for you and grouped it into relevant categories. If you still have any question unanswered, feel free to email us at jazzandbluesntu@gmail.com


To join the club as a musician, you must be able to play one of the following instruments:

  • Acoustic / Electric guitar
  • Piano / Keyboard / Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum set / Percussion
  • Other instruments such as brass, woodwind or strings
  • Vocal

There will be auditions during the recruitment season, which is in the first few weeks of every academic year i.e. August. As there is no dedicated instructor to teach individual instrument, musicians are expected to have a decent level of proficiency and to be active in picking up new skills along the way.

In order to be a committee member, one must first pass the membership audition, so that you can actively participate in the club’s activity, and thus gaining good understanding of the grounds in which organizational decisions would be made. Available committee positions will be announced after sometime after the audition result is out.
As much as we would love to share our love of music with all interested students, we lack the necessary manpower and resources to support a recreational section. However, you are welcome to sit in our band practices to check out how things are done.
Members will be assigned to a band of at least 7 members who can practice together at a common time. Each band is allocated 1 practice time slot of up to 4 hours to use the music room on one of the days of the week in the evening. The music room is #01-17 located at Nanyang House in NTU.

Band practices are orchestrated entirely by the band members themselves. They are allowed to exercise freedom and creativity in song choices and arrangements bearing in mind the general music directions given by the club committee.

There will be also a Combined Learning Session (CLS) about once every fortnight, whereby all instrumentalists are expected to come to learn from our part-time instructor. Vocalists will have separate sessions with our vocal instructor.
Members are encouraged to use their own instruments. However, the club also has various instruments and equipment that club members may use:
  • Microphones
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer keyboard
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum set
  • Miscellaneous percussion instruments
  • Trombone and trumpet
  • Amplifiers and cables
It is perfectly fine to join the club without background in jazz or blues, which is the case for many of our members. However, members are highly encouraged to have an open heart in exploring unfamiliar genres to improve on their musicianship. Jazz and Blues is a great place to start picking up jazz from the repertoire and other members.
Typically, there would be a Welcome Tea event at the start of the academic year, which is open to all students to interact with the current members. There would also be a Members’ Night event for all official club members to get together. Members will then practice with their bands and head out for performances. Please refer to our Events page for more information.
The club typically organizes at least one internal public performance and one school concert every year. Furthermore, the club receives numerous performance requests throughout the year from various internal and external event organizers. Members will gain access to these performance opportunities to experience playing in various settings.
Compulsory events are few in the club, but members are encouraged to take part in all club activities because the Jazz and Blues experience relates directly to the level of participation.
  • Weekly band practice of up to 4 hours, coordinated by band members themselves.
  • Combined Learning Session for musicians, and vocal classes for vocalists.
  • Club events at various points of the year such as Welcome Tea, Members’ Night and Internal Showcase.
  • Performances throughout the year.
Jazz and Blues would like to have with us a group of student musicians who have the passion for the music they play and the interest to create experiences that are memorable even after graduation. However, we also understand the concerns regarding lodging in school. The following lists the amount of points awarded to club members:
  • 7 points: Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
  • 5 points: Other committee members
  • 3 points: All other members
Please refer to the school web page on the Hall Allocation Scheme (HAS) for more information.
The Jazz and Blues Club would love to add a musical touch to your event! Please let us know about your event at least 6 weeks in advance to allow us time to plan and coordinate band practices. It is ideal to let us know the context of your event so that we can customize the performance.
The main repertoire of the bands comprises Jazz and Blues’ related forms of music. However, the bands can also play more mainstream types of music like Pop. Do let us know of any special requests, for example, you might want our band to provide light background music for a formal event, or to perform upbeat music for a festive event.
As Jazz and Blues is a student-run club, our main aim is to provide our student members opportunities to perform at various settings. However, there is a negotiable charge that depends on the duration of performance. This is to ensure that our members are well compensated for their effort in striving to perform to their best abilities for you. Please contact us for more information.

Transport charges for the instruments also apply accordingly.
Each band typically consists of 4 to 6 members, including the singer and instrumentalists.
The space required by the entire band is at least approximately 3m by 4m. The time taken to move all the equipment up the stage (if any), set up and sound-check is about 15 to 20 minutes, therefore it should be done before the event or during breaks to prevent the guests from waiting too long. It takes about 3 minutes to clear the stage. Please contact us for more detailed information.
Rehearsals are usually not needed unless the event organizer requires it, or if it is necessary for the band to test the sound system provided by the event organizer.
Certainly. Please contact the band assigned to your event to arrange for a meet-up. You may also watch the videos of our past performances in our YouTube channel