Thank you for the music, ladies & gents. On World Jazz Day, The Good City presents the people who jazz up Bengaluru. Here in alphabetical order are:
Fusing intricate classical rhythms with the energetic expressions of jazz, Amit Heri's music bridges people and cultures. A Berklee College of Music alumnus, he has released three albums, scored music for a film and stage, apart from performing at the Kennedy Centre, Barbican Centre, Montreux Jazz festival, Berlin Jazz festival, WOMAD, london Jazz festival, Rome World Music festival and the Paris Jazz festival. Â This guitarist has worked with Charlie Mariano, Zakir Hussain, Sudha Raghunathan, Shankar Mahadevan, U Srinivas, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, louiz Banks, Ranjit Barot, Matt Garrison, Michael Ruff, Dominique DiPiazza and Robert Miles.
Singing jazz, funk, soul and blues, Arati Rao-Shetty has performed with several prominent musicians from across the globe. She also fronts contemporary jazz & blues band The Kaya Quintet with Matt littlewood on sax, Mishko M'ba on bass, Aman Mahajan on the keyboards & Adrian D'Souza on drums.
Founded by Peter Isaac, this band just turned 25 years old last year, and also features Aanchal Gehi, Mukut Chakravarti, Rajni Shivaram, Owen Bosen, Raveen Pandey & Sangeeta Agnes Hosnea. Easily one of the most popular blues and jazz bands in town, it is influenced by John Mayall, Paul Butterfield, Maggie Bell, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Grateful Dead, and Allman Brothers Band.
Gerard Machado fuses the styles of many legendary jazz, rock and blues guitarists, bringing to life a unique brand of music. His ensemble, The Gerard Machado Network, has featured many artists including pianist Aman Mahajan, drummer Tillu Hule & bassist Prakash KN to name a few.
Bangalore boy Karan 'MadFingers' Joseph has wowed audiences in many venues in India & abroad!
Radha Thomas's jazz renditions resonate with her background in Indian Classical music and rock (Human Bondage). living and performing in the US at major clubs such as Sweet Basil Jazz Club and The Bottom line, she also performed with musicians like John Scofield, Michael Brecker, John Faddis, Alex Blake, Ryo Kawasaki, Joe Farrell and Gil Evans Band. In India, she's played with louiz Banks, Sanjay Divecha, Gerard Machado and Keith Peters. UNK, The Radha Thomas Ensemble, features Aman Mahajan on keyboards, Mishko M'ba on Bass, Matt littlewood on Saxophone, Suresh Bascara on Drums and Ramjee Chandran on Guitar.
The Saxman of Bangalore also plays the flute, clarinet, and sings vocals; Raman is also a composer, arranger and songwriter.
Though he's known more for composing music for Indian films, Sandeep's soul belongs to jazz music. He has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and produced albums such as 'Matters of the Heart' featuring Dave Grusin, lee Ritenour, Scott Henderson, Bunny Brunel, Virgil Donati and Dave Weckl, and 'A foreign affair' with the legendary American jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra. It debuted at number two on the Billboard Jazz world charts. [embed height="520" width="640"]https://www.reverbnation.com/sandeepchowta?wordpress=1[/embed]
Hailed for being "Never less than brilliant at any time!" (The Hindu), this alumni of the Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, is a world class composer and pianist. The Sharik Hasan Quartet is based in New York, but Sharik is very much a Bengaluru boy & performs here whenever he visits.
The Whitefield Jazz Quartet
Playing the whole gamut from latin jazz to the classic tunes and smooth jazz, The Whitefield Jazz Quartet features Jagadeesh MR on guitars, Imraan Jamal on drums, Bharat Nair on guitars, Joshua lance on Bass. Guest artists include Sulaiman Jamal on harmonica and Wilbur Colaco on sax and clarinet.
Armed with a diatonic harp and a deep passion for the music, Vasudev Prabhu has enthralled audiences in festivals such as the Indigo Jazz & Blues Festival, Ode to The Blues & the Himalayan Blues Festival.
The Good City remembers legendary jazz trumpeter Frank Dubier, who passed away last Tuesday. He surely could blow that horn.
Enough of this scatting, go check out some live jazz that's brewing tonight at Take 5 lounge.