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Al Jarreau: The Passing of a One-Off Musician


Jarreau evolved a style very much his own and specialized in singing the fast but wordless sounds of bebop jazz, earning him the tag, Acrobat of Scat

Festival Review: Mahindra Blues Festival, Mumbai

Supersonic Blues Machine with Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons steals the limelight; Quinn Sullivan’s lukewarm show; Janiva Magness’s Grammy which wasn’t to be

Festival Review: Ranthambore Festival, Rajasthan

Darpana Academy of Performing Arts put up a show that was a melange of different Indian folk dance forms. Photo: Courtesy of Ranthambore Festival

The three-day festival had everything from exquisite classical music, panel discussions, films and more

Zila Khan: ‘Folk and Indigenous Music is Endangered in India’

The acts at Ranthambore Festival will include Mumbai-based singer Zila Khan. Photo: Saadiya Kochar

The renowned classical vocalist and artistic director of the upcoming Ranthambore Festival discusses the urgent need for preservation of arts

Ranthambore Festival to be Held in Rajasthan, and it’s Free!

Photo: Courtesy of Ranthambore Festival

The first edition of the event will take place on January 27th-29th; to feature artists like Zila Khan, Rajeev Raja, Maati Baani and more

Jazz Corner: Imitation, Flattery And Tributes

Louis Armstrong. Photo: Herman Hiller. CC by 2.0/Wikimedia Commons.

From Louis Armstrong paying tribute to Fats Waller to Kurt Elling’s dedication to John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Tribute: Benny Soans – The Man, The Music


Mumbai drummer Benoni Asher Soans’s sense of timing was so immaculate that even in his passing, he made a clean, precise break with life, much on his own terms

Jazz Corner: There is Great Joy in Music, If You Listen

Louiz Banks

From vinyl records to compact discs to digital music and more

Concert Review: Converging Streams Festival, NCPA, Mumbai


The festival celebrated a category of music which is hard to describe–neither ‘fusion’ nor ‘world music’

Jazz Corner: Random Thoughts and Reflections

Bob Dylan, Aust Ferry, England 1966. Photo: Paul Townsend/Flickr

From Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize to Marvin Gaye influencing a generation, and more

"Farak" by Divine

  • February 18th, 2017 - February 19th, 2017 Global ISAI Festival ft Ilhaam Project, The F16s, Thakara, Masala Coffee, Ziia and the Swing Mates, Tablatronic World Peace and more in Chennai at Phoenix Market City
  • February 19th, 2017 Guthrie Govan w/Mohini Dey, Gino Banks in Guwahati at Ita Machkhowa
  • February 19th, 2017 Zygnema, Inner Sanctum in Bengaluru at The Humming Tree
  • February 19th, 2017 Rahul Guha Roy in Kolkata at Beer Republic
  • February 20th, 2017 Aditi & Kaushik in New Delhi at Piano Man Jazz Club

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