Esplanade Presents

Music

Harry’s Reunion

ChromaZone featuring Mei Sheum, Nic Lim & Chris Robinson (Singapore)

18 – 21 Aug 2022

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1hr

(Intermission: None)

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

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Eddie Layman, Nic Lim, Christy Smith, Rick Smith (L to R) of ChromaZone, circa early 2000s.
Rick Smith, Eddie Layman, Christy Smith and Nic Lim of ChromaZone, circa early 2000s
Final Jam session at Harry's Boat Quay, on 17th Apr 2010
Rick Smith and Richard Jackson
Darryl Ervin

Synopsis

Home Grooves is an exhibition that pays tribute to the country’s iconic live music spaces from the 1960s to the present. In conjunction with the start of the exhibition we will celebrate Harry’s Bar, an important jazz institution in Singapore from the early 1990s.  

 

The jazz band at Harry’s Bar on Boat Quay played continuously from 1993 to 2010, nearly 18 years. The core group of musicians varied, but the programme of jazz with blues, Motown and classic R&B was consistent though the years. The bar was also known for its Sunday night jam sessions where many of our brightest jazz musicians today cut their teeth, together with veteran musicians.

 

The brainchild of Jim Gelpi, a native of New Orleans, Harry’s Bar was later taken over by Mohan Mulani. The initial band was led by Jeremy Monteiro and included Rick Smith, Tama Goh, Ignatius Bong and Clarissa Monteiro. Shortly after, guitarist Rick Smith became the musical director and formed a group of local musicians including Rizal Sanip, Billy Martinez and with Mei Sheum or Nic Lim alternating on piano. Rizal was succeeded by Ruben Young and then Eddie Layman. Billy was replaced by Christy Smith, who stayed for more than 16 years. Other pianists included Chris Robinson and Michael Stanton. The name ‘ChromaZone’ was a legacy name of Rick’s band dating back to the ’80s. The longevity of the band was due to hosting a new international front person every two to three months. Harry’s also attacted a wide variety of visiting artists including Wynton Marsalis, Bryan Lynch, Terimasa Hino and many more.

 

The artists featured in this reunion are the core of ChromaZone: Christy Smith (bass), Rick Smith (guitar) and Nic Lim (20 Aug), Mei Sheum (18 & 19 Aug) and Chris Robinson (21 Aug) on keyboards. Replacing Eddie Layman on drums is Darryl Ervin, with vocals by Richard Jackson. Expect a lively blend of all the classic grooves of ChromaZone.

 

18 Aug 2022, Thu, 8pm & 9.30pm
ChromaZone featuring Mei Sheum

 

19 Aug 2022, Fri, 8.30pm & 10pm
ChromaZone featuring Mei Sheum

 

20 Aug 2022, Sat, 8.30pm & 10pm
ChromaZone featuring Nic Lim

 

21 Aug 2022, Sun, 8.30pm & 10pm (Sunday Jam)
ChromaZone featuring Chris Robinson

Advisory:

Please note that the session is conducted at Harry’s Esplanade.

Do support the venue by purchasing drinks and food while enjoying the music. Non-alcoholic options are available.

Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide

Date & Time

18 Aug 2022, Thu

8pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

9.30pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

19 Aug 2022, Fri

8.30pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

10pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

20 Aug 2022, Sat

8.30pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

10pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

21 Aug 2022, Sun

8.30pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)

10pm

Harry’s (Esplanade Mall, #01-05/07)
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