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Why are Jazz legends flocking to Delhi?

Derek Julien, Rudresh Mahanthappa, ArturDutkiewicz, Karim Ellaboudi&Vasundhara, The Woodstock Jazz Band& Joel Lyssarides to take the stage this weekend at Jazz Utsav 2015. By Rita Joseph

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Derek Julien to perform at Jazz Utsav

Delhiites are in for a treat as the city is all set to rock and roar to the music of  Poland’s Jazz ambassador Artur Dutkiewicz and Rudresh Mahanthappa this weekend. With a mix of world-class artists and emerging stars taking the music to a massive and ever-growing audience, Jazz Utsav 2015 promises to keep the jazz aficionado and layman equally enthralled.

Astri Ghose, from Capital Jazz  and the brain behind the festival, says, “We have a focus on jazz in India at this festival, and have bands that represent several generations of jazz. From Waterfront guitarist Derek Julien and Kitu Sequeira (the daughter of Chic Chocolate) to Vasundhara Vee and young students of jazz, we showcase Indian jazz at its best.”

Women vocalists Kitu Sequeira and Vasundhara Vee with their highly individual styles are all geared up to set the stage on fire with their melodious voice. Besides them, the Woodstock jazz band will introduce new and young talent among women.

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Delhi is gearing up for Jazz Utsav


There would be one headline act per night. Saturday night will find star performer alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and Gamak from the USA belting out lilting music. Another exhilarating performance on Sunday will come form Artur Dutkiewicz trio.  Dutkiewicz is a pianist who is also known as the “Jazz Ambassador” of Poland.

Dan Weiss and Rich Brown are playing with Rudresh Mahanthappa. Michał Barański, the best bass player of 2014 winner, and  Łukasz Żyta on drums will accompany Artur Dutkiewicz. Joel Lyssarides from Sweden will be accompanied by Josef Karnebäck on upright bass and Hannes Sigfridsson on drums.

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“It has always been an international festival, we have had one band from India usually, so this time we would like to highlight the talent that exists in our own country,” says Ghose. She says that the growing popularity of Jazz in India can be gauged from the fact that musicians from abroad have started moving to India and set up shop here.

Karim Ellaboudi, a Sudanese-Egyptian British pianist and his band with two Italian musicians are a fine example of this. They reside in Mumbai.

Tickets for the show are available at the venue, Indigo and Steakhouse in Jor Bagh market as well as on The event will take place on December 5 and 6 at One Golden Mile, RK Puram, Delhi.

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