Enthusiasts in the city, who enjoyed their regular live jazz gigs back in the day, will know that the annual festival dedicated to the genre, Jazz Utsav, has come a long way. It started off as the Jazz Yatra in 1970s in Mumbai and soon expanded to New Delhi in the 1980s. For serious jazz devotees, it was probably the only platform to give them the opportunity to listen to quartets, quintets and big bands from the West.
This year, a four-city edition to be held in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Kolkata from October 26 to 28, will feature acts from around the globe.
In Mumbai, Norwegian saxophonist Froy Aagre will present her brand of Nordic jazz. There will also be performances by the Matej Benko Quintet from the Czech Republic, Swiss band Pommelhorse, Frederik Köster Quartet from Germany and Marcin Wassilewski Trio from Poland. A 26-year-old Delhi-based drummer, Tarun Balani, will debut with his band on the final day. “I’ve seen great artistes performing over the past years and never dreamt that I’d be playing at the fest. I’m also releasing my debut record, Sacred World, and the tour to promote it will kick off with the fest,” says Balani. The three days of festivity will culminate with a city-based guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar.
Trio teams up
On October 25, a rare concert in the city will have some of the pioneers of jazz-fusion teaming up for the first time. Guitarist Scott Henderson, drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Jeff Berlin will perform their debut concert as a trio, HBC Super Trio.
“It doesn’t get bigger than this. The performance is going to be a powerhouse,” says musician Sandeep Chowta, who is organising the concert under the banner of his initiative Sandeep Chowta Projects (SGP), which had flown down biggies like drummer Virgil Donati and guitar legend Allan Holdsworth in the past.
Oct 26-28 at Blue Frog,
Call 6158 6158.
Oct 25 at St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra (W).
Call 97730 86676 or emai firstname.lastname@example.org