Have yourself a JAZZY monsoon!

Goa Plus-25th June ’04

Jazz Goa is opening the monsoon season with a performance on June 27th at 6.00 pm at Gonsalves Mansion, Campal, Pamjim. The club, Jazz Goa, is flying in Canada based Neal (Neelamjit) Singh Dhillon who is currently playing in Mumbai. Neil Dhillon hails from Vancouver, Canada where he works as a professional musician. He just recently graduated with a bachelors degree in jazz studies from the prestigious Capilano college. Upon graduation he recieved a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study tabla at the Ustad Allah Rakha Institute of Music in Mumbai. The tabla is Neal’s first instrument and he studies under the tutelage of Ustad Zakhir Hussain. Neal has had the fortunate opportunity to work with some great names in jazz such as Bob Mintzer, Kurt Elling, Nenna Freelon and Cedar Walton. He has also had the disinction of working with some of India’s finest such as Louis Banks, fazal Quereshi, Rakesh Chaurasia and Taufiq Quereshi.

The Jazz Goa event includes a repertoire of great musicians such as Bondo, Goa’s ace percussionist, Carlos Monteiro, Colin D’Cruz, George Fernandez, UK-based Helen Louise Jones, Lester Godinho who has just returned after a very successful stint at Seoul South Korea amoungst others. Entry to the event is free and by invitation. All jazz lovers are welcome to call for an invitation on 9822487818/9422437377.

Jazz Goa intends to organise occasional concerts for informal jam sessions. So far, they have had gatherings at private residences of fellow members and welcome offers and suggestions from all who may have a suitable place for an evening of music and a good time.

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