"I'm Confessin' That I Love You" (Dougherty/Neiburg/Reynolds)
"Blues for the Sax" (Monteiro)
"With You in Mind" (McPartland)
"Life Goes On" (Monteiro)
"Someday My Prince Will Come" (Churchill/Morey)
"Prayer for Peace" (Mitzner)
Born in 1960, Jeremy Monteiro grew up in Singapore. His father was a policeman by day and a guitarist by night, a fluent player in both the jazz and Hawaiian guitar idioms. As a child, Monteiro watched his father's jam sessions closely and tried his hand at the group's synthesizer during breaks in the music-making. His obvious interest in the keyboard convinced his parents to purchase a piano and get lessons for their son.
At age 17, Monteiro auditioned and got his first gig as a jazz pianist and bandleader at a local jazz club. As he honed his skills on the local jazz scene, Monteiro also took numerous gigs as a session player. He appeared on more than 300 pop records during this phase of his career, and made a living by writing commercial jingles.
Monteiro came to the attention of international jazz audiences in 1988 following a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival with his trio, featuring bassist Eldee Young and drummer Red Hold. Joined by saxophonist John Stubblefield and guitarist O'Donel Levy, the group performed an early-morning set that was called by the festival's founder, Claude Nobs, "an unforgettable set which will remain a classic concert of the first 22 years of Montreux."
Monteiro can claim more than 20 albums as a leader, including his latest: Homecoming, his first album featuring all-original tunes. His musical collaborators have included such jazz greats as James Moody, Toots Thielemans, Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, and Charlie Haden.
Monteiro has been an active advocate for jazz throughout Southeast Asia. As a founder of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore, he's helped musicians collect royalties for their work. Monteiro is also a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the group that decides on the Grammy Awards. A producer of jazz festivals and head of Jazznote Records, Monteiro serves as Professor and Visiting Chair of Jazz at La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore, and as a board member of the Singapore National Arts Council. He's also the recipient of Singapore's Cultural Medallion, the country's highest honor in the arts.
Originally recorded July 17, 2007.
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