The music direction at Maduro is fiercely classicist by nature, intriguing at times. Serene classical music streams through the day, a fitting soundtrack to Dempsey’s forested friends. Come dusk, with the first brush of the cymbal, the diverse and enigmatic world of jazz takes over, turning Maduro into the hottest hilltop jazz joint in town.
On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays—occasionally Wednesday and Thursdays—some of Singapore’s finest jazz cats come together in no small way to play some jazz. The live music nights are fashioned cheekily after iconic venues where Mr. P used to play, each with its own groove, flavour and persuasion.
EVERY TUESDAY | FREE ADMISSIOn
1819 Tuesdays is a weekly jazz jam session designed to be a third place for the wider jazz community—with its youth at heart—named in tribute to Restaurant 1819, the crowning continental splendour of Tuan Sing Towers that hosted one of Mr. P’s first solo gigs as a performing musician in the 80’s. In the spirit of paying it forward, Mr. P dedicates Maduro’s bandstand—for one night a week— to showcase the next generation of musicians who are deserving and capable of performing on the world stage; with an open call to the wider jazz community—old guards and new—to come through for a song or two. Admission is free.
Tiara Friday Club
Every friday | $30 includes a drink
Tiara Friday Club is a weekly Friday live music night that pays homage to Tiara Supper Club, the iconic jewel of the Shangri-La in the 80’s where Mr. P performed at the peak of his career. In the spirit of saving the best for last, each evening will see a star-studded line-up of Singapore’s top chanteuses, crooners and instrumentalists win the crowd over alongside their musician counterparts. Past featured artistes include vocal powerhouses Alemay Fernandez and Richard Jackson, as well as crackerjack instrumentalists Nicole Duffell and Chok Kerong.
EVERY SATURDAY | $30 INCLUDES A DRINK
Saturday’s Best is a monthly Saturday residency that—instead of a venue—nods to Mr. P’s insistence to always put on his finest, crisp tux on the stage, as one would wear to church on Sundays. Here, a monthly artiste-in-residence is appointed to perform and curate the line-up every Saturday of the month, adding his or her own spin to the Maduro magic. Past residents include saxophonist Tim Stocker, flutist Rit Xu and double bassist Christy Smith.