21 Jan '11, 10am

BARS | Why Fairmont’s Ink Bar is Singapore’s most rewarding jazz haunt

BARS | Why Fairmont’s Ink Bar is Singapore’s most rewarding jazz haunt

published on Dec 29 2010 - 13:30 When Jazz@Southbridge moved to 7atenine last year, loyalties were tested. Trading in its motley, ragtime leanings for florid pink tones and leisure centre-turquoise stools was always going to be a big ask for the club’s long-held, beardy purists who like their jazz in more underground, sullen settings. Jazz doesn’t need plush environs. While the standard of music was upheld, the move felt like a saddening Disneyfication of a fondly cherished musical institution. The faithful wept. Where, then, for Singapore’s lone-wandering, head-bopping jazzbos? Playing a more old-time, backdoor Chicago den is the Fairmont’s Ink Bar, which, for our money, is Singapore’s most rewarding jazz haunt. And, weirdly, also its most unsung. Sleek, but with a kind of closeted, smoky hue in the tradition of all great jazz labs, Ink has its own lick of neon but is oth...

Full article: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/clubs/venues/bars/ink-bar...

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