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Sultan Jazz Club latest to close

High costs and difficulty in keeping staff are the same reasons that other jazz clubs here fail too

Published on May 1, 2014 12:10 PM
The interior of the 13-month-old Sultan Jazz Club, which has hosted local and visiting jazz musicians. -- PHOTO: SULTAN JAZZ CLUB

When the 13-month-old Sultan Jazz Club shuttered up for the last time last Tuesday, it left music lovers here with one fewer dedicated venue to listen to live jazz music.

Club owner Benny Yeoh cites high costs and the difficulty in keeping staff as the reasons for the closure.

The club in Jalan Sultan had held gigs by local jazz musicians including singer Melissa Tham. It also hosted visiting artists, including Israeli guitarist Yotam Silber- stein and American pianist Helen Sung.

While the club saw a near-capacity crowd of 50 to 60 on weekends, attendance on weeknights was low.

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Background story

“The interest in jazz in Singapore has remained pretty consistent over the years but admittedly, it is likely the same devoted audience base that comes to all the jazz shows.”

Esplanade producer Sara Joan Fang