It is a season of music festivals. Among the myriad three-day celebrations of music, comes along one which is niche. The Pune Jazz and Blues Club (PJBC) along with Shisha Cafe bring to the city a weekend-long jazz fiesta, from November 7 to 9 at the cafe, featuring some of the biggest names from the contemporary jazz constellation.
“We have been very keen to promote to jazz in the city,” says Ashwin Panemangalore, co-founder of PJBC, whose shared vision with the rest of the club is to serve jazz to newer listeners and change its perception as an esoteric art-form.
“Although jazz festivals have been held earlier in both the city and the state, we sought to bring a well-curated line-up before the audiences in Pune,” adds Panemangalore. A jazz appreciation club in Mumbai, named Jazz Addicts, has been organising jazz festivals in its city for the past couple of years. “It is the first time that we are organising a jazz festival of this scale,” says Panemangalore, adding “The festival is being organised by fan clubs based in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune; each of which have a festival scheduled.”
The Pune contingent has facilitated the arrival of celebrated Canadian-born jazz pianist Renee Rosnes and American jazz violinist Regina Carter, while the other artistes have been sponsored by other contingents. Speaking on the artists, Panemangalore says, “Rosnes has established herself as one of the leading jazz pianists and composers of her time. She has played with jazz legends such as JJ Johnson and Joe Henderson, and is one of the most sought after jazz artistes by clubs and festivals in the US. We are glad to have her play for the Pune audience, despite her packed schedule.” Rosnes will be gracing the festival with the rest of her quartet, which comprises Peter Washington (double bass), Louis Nash (drums) and Steve Wilson (saxophone). Rosnes will be opening the festival on November 7.
“Carter, on the other hand, is unique because she is one of the few jazz violinists,” says Panemangalore, adding, “Carter has consistently won the DownBeat award since 1998 in both critics and listeners