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NCPA to host first-ever jazz music festival in Mumbai from Oct 14-16

NetIndian News Network

Mumbai, October 3, 2011

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will host its first annual international jazz festival, NCPA JazzMatazz, here from October 14-16 and feature performances by some legendary stars.

Those slated to perform during the three-day event include Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Cedar Walton Trio, Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Legacy, The Three Ladies Of Blues, Beets Brothers, Harsha Makalande and Khrome and the Carlton Jazz Ensemble.

NCPA JazzMatazz is supported by Godrej Properties Ltd. and SMS Meer, a press release from the NCPA, one of India's premier art and cultural institutions, said.

It said the festival is aimed at bringing traditional "straight - through" jazz music back to Mumbai, creating an annual festival that will be one of the most anticipated events in the cultural calendar of the city.

The festival will begin with a fast-tempo bebop performance on October 14 with India’s Carlton Kitto, whose journey has been captured in the documentary film, Finding Carlton. "I’m thrilled to performing in Mumbai, which is the Mecca of jazz in India," he said.

Jon Faddis will take centre-stage in the second session for the day. He is an American jazz trumpet player, conductor, composer, and educator, about whom his friend and mentor "Dizzy" Gillespie once commented, "He’s the best ever, including me!"

He says of his visit to India: "I imagine India will be inspiring to me and to my colleagues. Some of the music that we'll perform is inspired by various friends and experiences, as well as by influences, including Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and many others."

Day two of the festival will feature Steve Turre, one of the world's pre-eminent jazz innovators, trombonists and conch players. He has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).

He will be followed by some foot-tapping jazz blues with The Three Ladies of Blues – Joan Faulkner, Joanne Bell, Harriet Lewis/Mary Thompson backed by the Gustav Csik Trio. Next in line will be Cedar Walton Trio. Walton is one of the most influential musiciansactive today. His original compositions are frequently recorded by other musicians, and have become part of the standard jzz repertoire. His playing regularly receives praise from critics, fellow jazz musicians and audiences around the world.

"It is an honor to be invited back to Bombay, after 20 years. My own musical journey is rooted in the blues which led me to Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie, the innovators of Bebop which is what I play today," Walton said.

The season finale on October 16 will feature Beets Brothers (Peter at the piano, Marius on guitar and Alexander on clarinet). The music of the Beets Brothers has a rare, instinctual quality of artistic expression, that captivates the audience throughout the concert.

After them, the veteran pianist, known fondly as the A. R Rehman of Sri Lanka, Harsha Makalande along with his fusion music group Khrome will blend the fresh sound of the piano played percussively with local drums.

JazzMatazz will conclude with a performance by American jazz drummer Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy. Hayes has previously led two quintets - The Louis Hayes Quintet, a hard-bop group, while the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band paid tribute to the late Adderley brothers, Julius (Cannonball), the famous saxophone player, and Nat, the well-known trumpet player.

Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman NCPA says, "Jazz music is a much-loved genre, but Mumbai audiences are not getting enough of it! In the NCPA tradition, this is not going to be just any jazz event, but a high quality international festival featuring some all-stars of the jazz world."

Apart from the performances, NCPA Chalk Talk sessions, will feature lecture-demonstrations on jazz appreciation by experts.