Pongthipok Sootthipong aka. Tete Saxman is a jazz enthusiast and saxophonist who has passion towards music. Having move to Singapore from Thailand for the first time in 2008 and for the second time in 2016, Tete embraces the South East Asian Culture and have been living in Singapore for a total of twelve years. Tete is a graduate at LASALLE College of the Arts undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Music where he studied under Greg Lyons and has been in the Greg Lyon’s Grooveworks mentorship program. Tete was a part of the LASALLE JAZZ BAND which competed at the Thailand Jazz Competition 2019 on May 11th 2019.
Through the years, Tete has played with the Jazz Association of Singapore Orchestra (JASSO) and Jazz Association of Singapore Youth Orchestra (JazzYo!) led by Jeremy Monteiro and is a JASS associate member. Tete auditioned and was accepted into the Mosaic Jazz Fellows Program, organized by Esplanade Theaters on the Bay in 2018. He has studied with Chok Kerong, Andrew Lim, Tony Makarome and Joshua Wan under the Mosaic Jazz Fellows program. Tete is currently a member of ‘Blue Ramen’, a group of young talented jazz musician who has performed at the Esplanade in July 2018 and in January 2019.
Tete is an intern at We Love Jazz (SG) Limited, directed by a renowned jazz pianist, Aya Sekine. Through out his time in We Love Jazz, he has many roles, some of which are undefined. He has helped organize events such as ‘We Love Jazz SG CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 2018’ on April 29th and the inaugural ‘Singapore International Jazz Battle and The Forum 2018’ from September 21st to 29t 2018. Tete has also performed as part of the WLJ band with Aya Sekine, Darryl Ervin, Christy Smith, Rudy Djoe, Dawn Ho and Matin Maslan at the Esplanade Concert Hall for Esplanade’s FYI School’s Out project in November 2019. Aya once described Tete Saxman as ‘young and hardworking’.
Tete & Friends is a project initiated to bring good jazz music to the community as well as push the standards of Tete’s jazz composition and performance skills. Tete & Friends consists of Tete Saxman on saxophone, Xavier Lim on piano, Eugene Chew on Bass, Govin Tan or Nathaniel Ng on drums.
Tete & Friends: The Unforeseen Standards aims to convey the good swingin’ jazz music that are not commonly played to the community. Tete & Friends has performed the Unforeseen Standards at LASALLE College of the Arts on April 23rd, 2019 and Esplanade Concourse on April 26th, 2019. Tete & Friends has also played at Jazz in July 2019, presenting a theme tributing to the great pianist, Tadd Dameron, called ‘If You Could See Me Now: A Tadd Dameron Tribute’.
Tete Saxman aims to bridge the connections between jazz in Singapore and Thailand, and to strengthen the ASEAN jazz community. Tete enjoys playing music and hope to serenade his audience with his beautiful saxophone playing in the upcoming years.