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Sanjay Divecha

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Sanjay Divecha is a guitar player and composer based in Mumbai, India. His current band, Secret attempts to blur the lines between the great Indian traditions; Hindustani and Carnatic, and jazz with a strong focus on collective improvisation and a soulful message.  An intrepid traveler on a long journey filled with experiences, Sanjay's quest has brought him face to face with legends, visionaries and doyens.  In a cross cultural diorama of global music, Sanjay has striven to explore his love for jazz, folk, African, American and Latin music while distinctly paying homage to his Indian roots.  Sanjay was also invited by Zakir Hussain to participate in the 2015 CROSS CURRENTS tour that spanned ten cities in the United States

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Louiz Banks

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Around 1984, he got on to electronic instruments seriously and began writing music for commercials and became the blue eyed boy of advertising .Louiz literally ruled the advertising world with his music for over 15 years . With his first European Tour with the fusion Band SANGAM ,with the amazing Ranjit Barot ,Karl Peters,Charlie Mariano ,Ramamani and TAS Mani with KCP, Fusion music has played a big part in the life of this jazz man .Over the years Louiz has played with some of the world's greatest jazz men to create very memorable music and still continues to do so . Louiz is acknowledged as India's premier Jazz pianist since the last two decades as well as a prolific composer of music sound tracks for theater, stage and feature films

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News: Performance / Tour

Transcendence 2.0: Louiz Banks pays tribute to Jazz legend Oscar Peterson in Mumbai

Transcendence 2.0: Louiz Banks pays tribute to Jazz legend Oscar Peterson in Mumbai

Louiz Banks is India's pre-eminent jazz pianist, composer, film and record producer. He is also a Grammy nominee and fondly called the “Godfather of Indian Jazz." Transcendence is an annual event where performers pay tribute to legends of Indian & Western jazz music. This year’s Transcendence 2.0, which took place on June 8th in Mumbai, saw ...

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Vinay Kaushal

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Vinay Kaushal is a Composer, Guitar Player and Music Educator based in India. He is an alumnus of the Musician's Institute, Hollywood (GIT). Having grown up in a musical family, Vinay's playing boasts of a unique stylistic versatility with a repertoire that includes genres like the blues, funk, jazz, rock and fusion. Having always enjoyed composing, Vinay writes music with intricacies that are rarely stumbled upon. His guitar recitals have a unique artsy accent to them, while his compositions are discerning of his individuality. Vinay officially endorses Fender Musical Instruments and Ernie Ball Strings in India and has been affiliated with both since 2015

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News: Recording

Pianist/Composer Richard X Bennett Connects Mumbai & New York City With Two New Ropeadope Releases, His First Recordings On An American Label, Due Oct. 6

Pianist/Composer Richard X Bennett Connects Mumbai & New York City With Two New Ropeadope Releases, His First Recordings On An American Label, Due Oct. 6

Since moving to New York from his native Toronto in the 1990s, pianist and composer Richard X Bennett has thrived as a performer in a broad variety of stylistic contexts. Splitting his time between New York and Mumbai, he released a series of acclaimed albums on several Indian imprints, with his last two on Times Music, ...

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Article: Album Review

Sanjay Divecha and Secret: Sanjay Divecha and Secret

Read "Sanjay Divecha and Secret" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Ravi Shankar has passed, but sounds from India continue to filter into the American jazz consciousness via the children of immigrants: pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana of Karavika; violinist Arun Ramamurthy. But India-born Sanjay Divecha, who spent fifteen years in the United States, and studied at ...

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News: Event

Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Wayne Krantz 2015 World Tour Announced!

Known for his uncompromising musical vision, unique rhythms and deep reserves of soul, guitarist Wayne Krantz ventures beyond the guitar’s limitations to create an identifiably original style and sound. On the heels of a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s show in jny: London, Krantz sets to embark on his Good Piranha/Bad Piranha World tour, starting on February 11th ...

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Article: Album Review

Chingari: Bombay Makossa

Read "Bombay Makossa" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Released just days before the death of pioneering mandolin maestro U. Srinivas, Bombay Makossa assumes an added poignancy as one of his last recorded ventures in a career that began as a child prodigy in the late 1970s. Though nearly all the tracks were penned by Ranjit Barot Chingari was intended as a trio of equals. ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Trilok Gurtu: Where East Meets West

Read "Trilok Gurtu: Where East Meets West" reviewed by Adriana Carcu


Percussionist Trilok Gurtu belongs to that elevated group of musicians who, along their careers, have not only acquired a uniqueness of sound, but have also contributed to the widening of the notion of contemporary music. By crossing genre boundaries, and by mingling styles and ethnic influences, Gurtu has created and performed within the generous sound space ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Book On Indian Jazz History In Stores Soon

Book On Indian Jazz History In Stores Soon

In 1935, a violinist from Minnesota named Leon Abbey brought the first African-American jazz band to Bombay, leaving a legacy that would last three decades. Over the next few years, swing would find its way to the streets of India as it influenced Hindi film music—the very soundtrack of Indian life. The optimism of jazz became ...


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