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By THREE DAYS. SIX ACTS. THOUSANDS OF TAKERS. HERE’S HOW THE CITY CELEBRATED CONGO SQUARE JAZZFEST 2013, IN ASSOCIATION WITH T2, AT DALHOUSIE INSTITUTE
  • Published 4.12.13
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Day 1

Carlos Bica and AZUL Trio

The double bass player kicked off JazzFest in style with the tune Believer. After the gig he told t2: “It’s a great job to be a musician. You are on stage and you give something to the people and they give something back. It’s an exchange.”

Milan Svoboda Quartet

When Milan Svoboda finished his set, the audience gathered around the stage, asking for more. And he delivered! Before the concert he told t2: “I’m always grateful that I can still make jazz with the creative mind and that I am able to do it on a worldwide level.”

Day 2

Aakash Mittal Quintet

On his fourth trip to the city, saxophone player Aakash Mittal, with musicians Nishad Pandey (guitar), Chandramouli Biswas (bass), Gaurab Chatterjee (drums), Payton McDonald (vibraphone), made beautiful music that was at once soulful and exhilarating.

Prasanna and the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music Faculty Band

Prasanna (far right) and his band mesmerised with their blistering set that drew on Carnatic music, jazz, funk, classical and some good old rock ’n’ roll. Calcutta guitarist Srinjay Banerjee (centre) joined him on stage for the last number.

Day 3

Yuri Honing Wired Paradise

Yuri Honing, who has received the Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) for his
recording Seven, let off steam through his sax. “I like to play at different venues in any given week. We get bored very easily and that’s why we have become jazz musicians!” said Yuri with a laugh.

George Brooks Summit

This sinful treat rounded off this year’s JazzFest. But if you want to hear George Brooks again, visit Calcutta Club on December 8. He will perform with Kala Ramnath.

Share your experience of Congo Square JazzFest 2013 at t2@abp.in