A student during a piano practice session at Boulevard Hotel in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
If a keyboard reminds you of your laptop, Jamshedpur Jazz Club can literally change your tune.
Think pianos with their 52 white and 36 black keys for endless notes of music. Think Bach, Beethoven, even Billy Joel. That’s what is music to the ears of the 30-odd enthusiasts of the Jamshedpur Jazz Club.
The club, only seven years young, has scored unforgettable melody this year. Twelve of its piano students have cleared the exacting piano test of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), London. Budding city pianist Kasera Angel even achieved a distinction in Grade IV, no mean feat, considering the board’s global reputation as a leading authority on musical assessment. More than 6,00,000 people, in over 90 countries, take their exams every year in graded music practical and theory exams and diplomas.
Results were announced this month.
Club president Ronald D’Costa, who himself juggles many notes — hotelier, social worker, Rotarian, vintage conservationist, culture barometer and amateur violinist to name a few — expressed delight over the performance of the budding musicians.
“The superlative performance of our dozen pianists has spurred us to launch the city’s as well as the state’s first live western classical amateur quartet early next year,” he said. “It will perform at social gatherings and on invitations in clubs in weekends as most of the budding musicians are also students in schools.”
Of its members, 21 are budding pianists and violinists taught every weekend by Calcutta’s Claude Perris and Jamshedpur’s Theo Fernandes. Classes are held at Boulevard Hotel in Bistupur.
For a better appreciation of western music, the club plans to regularise listening sessions.
“We used to host listening sessions but not regularly. But now, we feel that time is ripe to host sessions on various topics of western classical jazz at least once every two months. The last such session was held at Beldih Club in October where members were told about the blue note, sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than major scales for a unique, even piquant expression,” D’Costa said.
Scales, strings and the blues. Jamshedpur is on song.