As the only tertiary jazz group that houses its own big band, vocal ensemble, and combo bands, the NUS Jazz Band delivers rich brews of indulgent and captivating jazz music from swing to soul, fusion to funk, bossa to blues.

The NUS Jazz Band was formed in 1994 by a group of dynamic musicians and jazz enthusiasts with a love for the bossa, blues, swing, bebop, fusion, ragtime, soul and arrangements from the traditional to the contemporary. Frequently exploring a plethora of arrangements and improvisations, ranging from traditional to progressive compositions, the band’s musical versatility has enabled many performances in various settings, such as corporate engagements and its series of annual sold-out concerts.

Members of the NUS Jazz Band network and grow under the tutelage of distinguished international jazz musicians, who serve as regular tutors to the group. With jam sessions, workshops, theory lessons and master classes, the NUS Jazz Band is a beacon to those passionate about jazz music.

Key Past Events

  • 2010Performance for Youth Olympics Games Singapore at Marina Promontory
  • 2014NUS ExxonMobil Campus Concerts highlight Jazzology
  • 2015NUS Arts Festival opening show Words and Music: A Love Story Told in Jazz with Jeremy Monteiro and Rani Singam
  • 2015Performance at Singapore-Germany Jubilee Concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • 2016Annual concert Groovin' Hard

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Tan Chin Boo

Resident Conductor

Tan Chin Boo has 35 years of professional music experience. A self-taught drummer/ percussionist, he obtained an Honours degree in Electronic Music & Commercial Music Arranging (Berklee College of Music, USA), sponsored by Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). He later joined SBC (now known as MediaCorp) as their Music Director / Conductor and then became the Head of Audio Post.

After 15 years lecturing full-time in Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he had since opted for an adjunct position in April 2015 so as to devote more time teaching drums and music, as well as performing. Chin Boo was the coach of SingJazz Youth Big Band for SingJazz Festival 2015; preparing members for the masterclass cum workshop conducted by internationally acclaimed artists.