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Jazz pundits who have been to gigs by outstanding home-grown acts akin to Jeremy Monteiro, Rani Singam and Chok Kerong prior to now few years may have observed guitarist Andrew Lim taking part in within the background.

On Saturday, the 41-year-old will lastly take centre stage because the chief of a band of 4 performing on the Esplanade Recital Studio. The gig, titled Artless State, will function his tackle jazz requirements in addition to authentic songs from the debut album that he’s engaged on.

“This is the start of my efforts to do my own thing, to put my own music out there,” he says in an interview on the Esplanade. “I used to be spending much more of my time clarifying my aesthetic and strategy, so I wasn’t all in favour of placing out music till it is time.

“I think it’s time now to take all that I’ve learnt over the years and try to make some music that hopefully people will like.”

Lim, who additionally performs with soul/ jazz band The Steve McQueens and the Jazz Association of Singapore Orchestra, has been very a lot in demand as a sessionist, collaborator and educator since he got here again to Singapore in 2016.

He had spent 5 years in New York, the place he graduated with a grasp’s in music from the Aaron Copland School of Music. More importantly, he immersed himself within the jazz scene there and carried out in iconic venues like Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Centre and Dizzy’s.


  • WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive

    WHEN: Saturday, 8pm

    ADMISSION: $28 for traditional tickets, restricted $20 concessions for college students, full-time nationwide servicemen and seniors. Go to or Sistic ( or name 6348-5555).

“My focus was to play with people. There is a cultural component and an attention to detail that is not apparent if you don’t play the music with the people that come from the same lineage as those who created it.”

Lim fell in love with jazz at a younger age. He remembers being enraptured by a concert by American jazz musician Buddy Collette that was aired on Malaysian channel RTM whereas he was nonetheless in kindergarten. He recorded the present on VCR and watched the tape numerous occasions till he memorised all of the solos.

At 14, he taught himself methods to play the bass by memorising all of the bass strains in Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (1971) and Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour (1969). To study extra about music, he learn extensively.

In the late 1990s, he joined native indie band Stroll and recorded demos and an album with them.

He studied economics on the National University of Singapore and joined the college’s jazz band. It was there that he met pianist Tan Weixiang, who grew to become a long-time collaborator. Tan is a part of his band on the Esplanade present.

“We would cut classes, go to the band room and try to figure out this music. I’m immensely proud of my peers because we all grew up out of nothing and, as a result, we all have our own voices. It’s very inspiring to hear everyone develop a very unique sound, which I think is a very hard thing to do,” says Lim, who began out taking part in for home-grown jazz veterans like Monteiro and Louis Soliano within the early 2000s.

Lim’s quartet on the Esplanade present is rounded out by bass participant Benjamin Poh and drummer Aaron James Lee.

Besides gigs and dealing on his compositions, Lim additionally teaches music at Lasalle College of the Arts and the NUS Jazz Band and is a mentor with the Esplanade’s Mosaic Jazz Fellows programme.

With his personal music now entering into the highlight, he lately began to ramp up his on-line presence by organising artist social media profiles and a YouTube web page. He can also be within the midst of organising his personal music studio.

“I want to fight for my own reality where I get to do music in a certain way and to teach in an honest way.”

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