Get ready to sway to the timeless tunes and seductive sounds of jazz as you dream a little dream of spending April in Paris grooving on the sunny side of the street enjoying days of wine and roses.
Continuing our love for jazz rhythms and melodies, we present an enchanting tribute celebrating the most iconic and legendary jazz vocalists of all time – Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson; whose unique styles, musicality and impeccable vocal talent continue to reverberate globally even today.
The lineup has Avishek Dey on Upright Bass, Clement Rooney on Piano/Keys, Amandeep Singh on Guitar, Arjun Chakraborty on Drums, Emmanuel Simon on Percussion, Jarryd Rodriguez on Saxophone, Robin Fargose on Trumpet, Shreya Bhattacharya on Voice and Shirish Malhotra on Flute and Saxophone.
Join us with an eclectic line-up of musicians from Mumbai, the UK, and France for an electric evening of foot-tapping music by some of the Jazz greats.
ARJUN CHAKRABORTY - Arjun is 18 years old and was crowned the state level champion at the age of 15,currently he won a national championship and got to represent his country on an international level(drum off India). Currently standing as a national champion and being among the top 5s nationally from young artiste of the year 2020.He also got recently endorsed by a cymbal brand known popularly as tonum cymbals.Arjun was also featured on jazz in india.He has played with several bands and local artists and various festivals,TV shows and is a part of some of them currently too,he has a very healthy student line and is a teacher as well.He has been performing at SA RE GA MA PA for the past couple of years.This year he had got the chance of performing with Sivamani,Rd burman's trumpet player to name a few. Arjun was also selected recently for the people's choice award from young artiste of the year itself.Arjun has been studying under Bihu Mukherjee for the past 3 years. Outside of that he has been performing in the local pub scene for a long time.He has performed and had permanent artist residencies at durgapur Holiday Inn.Read more
EMMANUEL SIMON - Emmanuel Simon, initially trained as a Western classical pianist, is nowadays a professional percussionist and a versatile musician, having gathered over the years extensive knowledge, both practical and academic, in classical and contemporary Western music as well as in Latin, West-African and Indian Classical music fields. Settled in India since 2011, as a session musician and band leader of the Latin-jazz band The Latination, he has collaborated with many different artists for studio and TV recordings as well as live performances and toured all over India and South Asia in many prestigious auditoriums and festivals. He is currently a full-time faculty and professor at School of Performing Arts, NMIMS University, Mumbai.Read more
JARRYD RODRIGUEZ - Jarryd Rodrigues is a Goan saxophonist, now based in Mumbai, India. His teacher and mentor is the legendary jazz saxophonist, Braz Gonsalves, who is also his grandfather. His grandmother is the famous jazz singer Yvonne Gonsalves and his great-grandfather is the legendary Anthony Vaz aka Chic Chocolate. Jarryd specialises in different styles of jazz music: ranging from swing, blues and ballads, to funk, bebop, Afro, Brazilian and so on. Jarryd has played alongside many musicians/setups across the country like: Louis Banks, Gino Banks, Anurag Naidu, Shirish Malhotra, Japanese drummer Ko Omura, UK trumpet player Johnny Woodham, The Many Roots Ensemble, Yung.Raj Live, Easy Wanderlings, Bombay Brass, The Coffee Cats, etc. He has also played at numerous music festivals, namely: NH7 Weekender (Pune), Serendipity Arts Festival (Goa), Echoes of Earth Festival (Bangalore), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival(Mumbai) and Luna Music Festival (Sri Lanka). In the summer of 2022, he along with his grandparents, Braz and Yvonne, played at the Hot Club de Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal) on International Jazz Day ’22.Read more
SHREYA BHATTACHARYA - Shreya Bhattacharya is a vocalist from Kolkata who has moved and is best known for her approach in singing. She has been awarded a full ride scholarship from the prestigious college Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in western contemporary music. She trained herself under Natalie John(NY) and Veronica Nunes(Brazil) and also learnt under Carolina Calvache(NY), Karina Colis(Mexico), Parker McAllister(Brooklyn) and Steve Zerlin(Washington DC). She has toured with her setup and performed in festivals like Colombo Jazz Festival, Hyderabad Jazz Festival, Galle Literary Jazz Festival, Great India Story, Madras Jazz Festival and is recognised amongst the industry for her eclectic singing style. She is known to have also performed alongside stalwarts like Louis Bankz, Ranjit Barot and has collaborated with Darshan Doshi, Rhythm Shaw. Shreya is also passionate about teaching and has been teaching vocals at the NMIMS School of Performing Arts, Mumbai and also has been coaching many Bollywood artists such as Kanika Kapoor, Devendra(Coke Studio Singer), Rajan Batra(Yellow Diaries), Dino James, Gurashish Singh(YouTube star). Other than teaching she is also involved in multiple recording projects like singing jingles, voice production, and multiple Bollywood projects touring alongside Kanika Kapoor. With her own setup MODCULT, she is currently experimenting with multiple sounds and has an album making in the pipeline.Read more
AVISHEK DEY - the founder/frontman of Modcult is a bassist,composer and an educator from Calcutta. He has been playing in the Indian live circuit for the past 15 years and is a full ride scholar from the prestigious Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Known for his prodigious dexterity in the instrument Avishek Dey is trained under some of the internationally proclaimed giants from the global music fraternity like Garry Willis, Christian Galvez, Ric Fierabracci, Mathew Garrison, Parker McAllister, Steve Zerlin. He is an expert in interpreting genres such as Jazz, RnB, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Garage, Broken-beat, Nu-Funk, Be-Bop, Contemporary Jazz. Avishek has collaborated with various international acts such as Yuchiro Tokuda (Japan), Erick Truffaz (Germany), Anthony Cammarota (USA), Aron Nyiro (Hungary), Jim Porto (Brazil), Ricardo Vogt (Brazil) and many others. He is currently educating an extensive number of talented bass players with an aim to setting up a base in the Indian music community and is also a professor at the NMIMS School of Performing Arts, Mumbai. Currently in addition to playing with his own setup, Avishek also leads a Bollywood Jazz project known as The Bombay Kollective - known for his unique reharms and rearrangements of bollywood classics in jazz format best known by many in exclusive weddings and corporate world. He actively plays alongside the stalwarts of jazz from the Indian music scene such as Sir Louis Banks, Gino Banks, Sir Ranjit Barot and has recently played a debut making history at the iconic "COACHELLA" festival at LA alongside Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh and is also known as the finest purveyor of low ends in the world of session music.Read more
CLEMENT ROONEY - Originally a classically trained pianist, Clement Rooney has performed music for all his life. Hailing from London, he moved to Mumbai in 2018, to head the piano department at the university level. He covers all styles of western music including: Jazz, Pop, Bolly-Jazz, RnB, Soul & Latin. Clement is a highly sought after musician, whose versatility allows him to shine in a wide range of musical environments. He is active in the Indian music scene and performs regularly accompanying some of India's top singers. Clement has over a decade of experience setting the tone for cocktail events, special occasions and distinguished Hotels in and around London, Amsterdam and Mumbai.Read more
AMANDEEP SINGH - Amandeep Singh Soni born and raised in Mumbai is a guitar player, composer & a singer is known for his unique sound and his modern approach in the instrument. His interpretation in playing all genres of music with sheer dexterity had him score a diploma in music from the prestigious Swarnabhoomi of Music, Chennai. He has also studied under guitar players such as Sanjay Divecha. And has performed as a part in several live Bollywood acts such as Diljit Dosanjh, Ananya Birla, Divya Kumar, Vishal Shaker, Colonial Cousins and many more. He actively works as a session guitarist and has played on various feature films like ‘Gully Boy’ and has worked on many commercial adverts.Read more
ROBIN BENJAMIN FARGOSEStarted his stage performances in 2006 with Piano and Trumpet; travelling many countries like USA, Singapore, Gulf, UK amongst many. He has performed with well-known playback singers like Asha ji Bhosle, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Shaun, Arijit Singh, Mohit Chauhan and others. And also playing for Bollywood movies scores.Completed his Grade 4 in theory and practical from Trinity Board of London after completing his Bachelor of Arts from Mumbai university.Read more
Shirish Malhotra is one of India's most sought-after jazz multi- Instrumentalists. With over 25 years of experience, he has mastered Instruments like Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Charango And Duduk. Shirish has performed in over 30 countries with leading artists like Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Ehsan Loy, Pritam, Rizwan and Muazzam, Pandit Zakir Hussain, Sanjay Divecha, Louiz Banks, Mikey McCleary and many more. Having played in the prestigious Bombay Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, Shirish won the OJCF Young Musician of the Year Award in 2015. His musicianship also led him to qualify as a scholarship student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire London. Additionally, Shirish has performed in shows like Coke Studio @ MTV, Satyamev Jayate and MTV Unplugged, along with his musical contribution to movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Agent Vinod, Ludo, Madras Cafe, Chhichhore and more.Read more
Women in Jazz
Post World War I around the 1920s, women tried to establish a better position in the workforce across the whole world, especially in America. The concepts like freedom and equality were gaining popularity and women started to have more opportunities in the entertainment sector as well. The 20s also bought in the roaring era of Jazz. Bessie Smith was the first African - American singer, titled The Empress of Blues from the 20th century. She was able to hold on to the audience as she sang about the troubles and difficult situations almost everyone felt. Her first commercial album was Downhearted Blues, which sold almost 780,000 copies in 1923. She was a star of a kind and an inspiration to several other upcoming women jazz artists in the coming times.
Famous Global Women Jazz Artists
The “Holy Trinity” comprising of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan are among the first great female artists talked about. Ella Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy awards and was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for over 50 years. She recorded 70 long-playing albums and more than 2000 diverse songs on the gramophone and earned the title “The First Lady of Song”. Sarah Vaughan, the American vocalist, and pianist famous as “Sassy” and “The Divine One” took over the world with her charming voice. It’s Magic, Make Yourself Comfortable, Broken-Hearted Melody, and Misty were among her best songs. Billie Holiday won the hearts of music lovers with songs like What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Miss Brown to You. She also did more than 100 recordings for the label Verve during the 1950s. Nancy Wilson was featured as the grand diva of jazz in the 1992 edition of Essence. She was dubbed the Global Entertainer of the Year by the World Conference of Mayors and she also received an award from the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Popular Indian Jazz Women Artists
Over the years India has also seen multiple notable women jazz artists. Pam Crain was a vocalist and a world-class artist, she was popularly known as “The Maharani of Indian Jazz”. Other well-known singers included Lorna and Asha Puthli, Radha Thomas. Merlin D’Souza was an extraordinary pianist in the contemporary scene. Indian jazz vocalists Sonia Sehgal, Samantha Noella, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Isheeta Chakravarty, Shreya Bhattacharya, Vivienne Pocha, and Tipriti are spreading jazz with a new face across the country.
The Great American Songbook
The Great American Songbook is referred to as the canon of the most significant and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century that have stood the test of time in their life and legacy. The songs published often referred to as “American Standards”, include the popular and enduring tunes from the Golden Age of Jazz from the 1920s to the 1960s created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film.In the past few decades, the songs from the songbook have been presented with a new approach by more and more upcoming musicians.