Jazz riffs to resound again

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Connoisseurs of jazz music have a treat in store.+ Radio Indigo, Black Dog and Max Mueller Bhavan have organised the Indigo and Blues International Jazz and Blues festival on December 1 and 2.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Jagadeesh M.R. of Radio Indigo said that Bangalore had not witnessed a jazz festival in some 15 years. “We want to promote Bangalore as a venue for future jazz festivals. This is just a beginning,” he said.

He also said that the festival would bring to the city some of the best jazz bands, both Indian and international, making it one of the biggest jazz and blues festival in the country. Of the 11 bands performing in the festival, three are international bands.

Radio indigo

Max Mueller Bhavan, the cultural partner of the festival, is bringing down the German jazz band Café du Sport. The other bands that will perform include the Amit Heri Group, Gerard Machado Network, Junckt, Global Unity, Moon Arra, Barracuda Blues Band, Kaya Quartet, Chronic Blues, Matt Littlewood trio, Konarak Reddy and Bob Bonastre.

Geoffrey G. Thomas of Radio Indigo said that the practice of getting together in the evening for good jazz music over a good scotch to unwind and relax is a “tradition that will probably never go out of fashion.” Radio Indigo has been at the forefront of ushering in jazz and blues in Bangalore and producing single jazz events over the years featuring international acts, he said.

Annual event

Evelin Hust, Director, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, said: “It is good to know that this festival may soon become an annual event. Promoting jazz music here is not very difficult as there are many jazz lovers here.”

The festival will be held at the Jayamahal Palace Hotel, Miller’s Road between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on December 1 and 2. The tickets are priced at Rs. 1,100 (lounge), Rs. 550 (regular) and Rs. 775 (season regular). For details, log on to >www.ticketpro.in.

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