April 29, 2017

Thank you for the music, ladies & gents. On World Jazz Day, The Good City presents the people who jazz up Bengaluru. Here in alphabetical order are:

Amit Heri 

Fusing intricate classical rhythms with the energetic expressions of jazz, Amit Heri's music bridges people and cultures. A Berklee College of Musicalumnus, he has released three albums, scored music for a film and stage, apart from performing at the Kennedy CentreBarbican CentreMontreux Jazz festivalBerlin Jazz festivalWOMADlondon Jazz festivalRome World Music festival and the Paris Jazz festival.  This guitarist has worked withCharlie MarianoZakir HussainSudha RaghunathanShankar MahadevanU SrinivasSalif KeitaAngelique KidjoTrilok Gurtulouiz BanksRanjit Barot,Matt GarrisonMichael RuffDominique DiPiazza and Robert Miles.

Arati Rao-Shetty

Singing jazz, funk, soul and blues, Arati Rao-Shetty has performed with several prominent musicians from across the globe. She also fronts contemporary jazz & blues band The Kaya Quintet with Matt littlewood on sax, Mishko M'ba on bass, Aman Mahajan on the keyboards & Adrian D'Souzaon drums.

Chronic Blues Circus

Founded by Peter Isaac, this band just turned 25 years old last year, and also features Aanchal Gehi, Mukut Chakravarti, Rajni Shivaram, Owen Bosen, Raveen Pandey & Sangeeta Agnes Hosnea. Easily one of the most popular blues and jazz bands in town, it is influenced by John MayallPaul ButterfieldMaggie BellMuddy WatersHowlin' WolfEtta JamesStevie WonderGrateful Dead, and Allman Brothers Band

Gerard Machado

Gerard Machado fuses the styles of many legendary jazz, rock and blues guitarists, bringing to life a unique brand of music. His ensemble, The Gerard Machado Network, has featured many artists including pianist Aman Mahajan, drummer Tillu Hule & bassist Prakash KN to name a few.

Karan Joseph

Bangalore boy Karan 'MadFingers' Joseph has wowed audiences in many venues in India & abroad!


A world fusion band, MoonArra features Jagadeesh MR on guitars, Madhuri Jagadeesh on vocals, Prakash Sontakke on slide guitar & Hindustani vocals & Karthik Mani (Subramanya) on percussion.

Prakash KN

Apart from playing with musicians across genres – from Gerard Machado's jazz to TAAQ's rock, bassist Prakash KN headlines his own jazz outfit Blue In Green (BIG) with vocalist Yasmine Claire Kazi.

Radha Thomas

Radha Thomas's jazz renditions resonate with her background in Indian Classical music and rock (Human Bondage). living and performing in the US at major clubs such as Sweet Basil Jazz Club and The Bottom line, she also performed with musicians like John ScofieldMichael BreckerJohn Faddis,Alex BlakeRyo KawasakiJoe Farrell and Gil Evans Band. In India, she's played with louiz Banks, Sanjay Divecha, Gerard Machado and Keith Peters. UNK, The Radha Thomas Ensemble, features Aman Mahajan on keyboards, Mishko M'ba on Bass, Matt littlewood on Saxophone, Suresh Bascara on Drums and Ramjee Chandran on Guitar.


Raman Iyer

The Saxman of Bangalore also plays the flute, clarinet, and sings vocals;Raman is also a composer, arranger and songwriter. 


Sandeep Chowta

Though he's known more for composing music for Indian films, Sandeep's soul belongs to jazz music. He has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and produced albums such as 'Matters of the Heart' featuring Dave Grusinlee RitenourScott HendersonBunny BrunelVirgil Donati and Dave Weckl, and 'A foreign affair' with the legendary American jazz fusion bandSpyro Gyra. It debuted at number two on the Billboard Jazz world charts.

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Sharik Hasan

Hailed for being "Never less than brilliant at any time!" (The Hindu), this alumni of the Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, is a world class composer and pianist. The Sharik Hasan Quartet is based in New York, but Sharik is very much a Bengaluru boy & performs here whenever he visits.

The Whitefield Jazz Quartet

Playing the whole gamut from latin jazz to the classic tunes and smooth jazz,The Whitefield Jazz Quartet features Jagadeesh MR on guitars, Imraan Jamal on drums, Bharat Nair on guitars, Joshua lance on Bass. Guest artists includeSulaiman Jamal on harmonica and Wilbur Colaco on sax and clarinet.

Vasudev Prabhu

Armed with a diatonic harp and a deep passion for the music, Vasudev Prabhuhas enthralled audiences in festivals such as the Indigo Jazz & Blues Festival,Ode to The Blues & the Himalayan Blues Festival.

The Good City remembers legendary jazz trumpeter Frank Dubier, who passed away last Tuesday. He surely could blow that horn. 

Enough of this scatting, go check out some live jazz that's brewing tonight atTake 5 lounge