Pune has been a hub for musicians from India as well as abroad, who come to the city to perform for its music loving audiences. The city’s music aficionados can now add another festival to their go-to list as Pune readies itself for the eighth edition of the International Jazz Festival.
Organised by Shisha Jazz Café, the three-day festival will feature six international Jazz bands.
“We have a lot of people in the city who follow authentic Jazz music. We have been organising an all-Jazz performance every week just for them. We get a lot of crowd for Jazz music,” says organiser Mehadi Niroomand.
He adds, “This is the eighth year of the international festival, and we have been receiving a very good response. The artistes performing this year have come all the way from the US and Japan and have been touring all over India. This festival is going to be a unique performance for them as well as they have never performed in an authentic Jazz venue before. This is one-of-a-kind event. We hope that people who don’t know much about this genre of music should also come to enjoy good music.”
There will be two band performances per day over three days.
The festival kicks off on November 7 with a performance by the Renee Rosnes quartet from the US. Renee, who has performed with leading musicians like Ron Carter and Jack de Johnette, will be accompanied by drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Peter Washington and tenor saxophonist Steve Wilson. Following them will be The True School Manhattan Six from the US, a band formed by the faculty members of the Manhattan School of Music, a renowned Jazz and classical music institute in New York. The James and Wes legacy band from Japan comprising Hideyaki Tokunaga and Junichi Naruse along with Zane Musa will open day two at the festival, followed by The Helen Sung Quartet with Regina Carter (from the US) who will play violin and piano compositions. The final day will have saxophone acts such as The Houston Person Quartet from the US and The Igor Butman quartet from Russia and the US.
Till November 9
At Shisha Jazz Cafe, North Main Road, Koregaon Park.
Cost `600 per day and season ticket `1,500 for three days