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The people who make the music we call Jazz…(9)

While going through my collection of old photos and negatives, I managed to salvage and rescue some quite interesting ones, for example, those of Bob Wilber, Jan Garbarek, Freddie Hubbard, Eberhard Weber, Olu Dara and Fred Hopkins (who came with Henry Threadgill’s band), all performing at the JazzYatra in Mumbai in 1984, I think. As … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(8)

In an earlier post – here – I’d put up some pictures of Shakti in performance in Kolkata. Here are some more that I’ve been able to find which are in reasonable shape. Just to refresh our memories, this was the original Shakti line-up, with John McLaughlin, L Shankar, Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram. Also, … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(7)

Here is Dizzy in all his glory at the Dalhousie Institute, a club in Kolkata. We had organised his show in that city, but couldn’t get an auditorium for reasons I’ve forgotten. The club very kindly agreed to host the event; we erected a platform and stage, the audience sat under the moon and the … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(6)

Over the last few months, I’ve spent weeks trying to salvage old pictures and  negatives. These pictures carry a lot of memories, so when the pics are beyond repair, one has to just shrug one’s shoulders with a sad look on one’s face and take another pull at a conveniently placed foaming tankard of ale. … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(5)

He’s been called the greatest jazz pianist that India has ever produced. Whether you agreed with that or not, no one would challenge the fact that Madhav Chari was hugely talented, and his playing was frequently quite awesome. His passing in his 40s was a really sad event for his family, friends and jazz lovers … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(4)

Of all the photographs that I’ve taken at jazz shows, my favourite ones are all of one man – Don Cherry. I love his music and obviously I loved the many moods of the man and his total involvement of whatever was going on around him. And I’m so glad that quite a few of … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(3)

Stephane Grapelli was like wine of a great vintage – the older he got, the better he sounded. It was always springtime in Paris when he played, the Paris of love and romance. He came with a great guitar player, Martin Taylor,  but in a second show, he was joined by another great, Larry Coryell, … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(2)

In 1984, I was sent by a Calcutta newspaper to cover the Jazz Yatra in Mumbai – it was at the Brabourne Stadium I think. Which meant that someone was paying for my train tickets, and paying me for my writing! Entry to the Yatra was free since I had a tag saying ‘Media’ round … Continue reading

The people who make the music we call Jazz…(1)

I’ve been a jazz fan since I was a wee bairn of ten summers or thereabouts. I still remember reading in the Statesman in Kolkata (Calcutta of my youth) about Duke Ellington coming to play concerts at the New Empire Theatre and the Great Eastern Hotel – as far as I can remember, but don’t … Continue reading

Once upon a time…(10)

For a couple of months, I have been posting old historical pictures of famous places in India, and I must thank my friends for digging through their archives and borrowing from various sources so that I could lay my grubby paws on some really exciting pictures. Perhaps I shall take a breather after this post … Continue reading

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