Jazz buffs..this is for ya!!

Mapusa Plus-1st July ’04

Jazz Goa, a club that seeks to provide a forum and a platform for jazz lovers of Goa, and for Indian and international musicians, was officially launched on Sunday 27th June at Gonsalves Mansion, Panjim.

Canada based Neal (Neelamjit) Singh Dhillon currently playiong in Mumbai, was flown in for the occasion.
The jazz club is a two year effort, involving a series of performances by jazz lovers for jazz lovers, which finally culiminated in the formation of Goa’s first jazz club.

The inspiration and support for Jazz Goa came from George Fernandez, Colin D’Cruz and Lester Godinho of ‘Just Jazz’. Sunday’s performer Neal Dhillon hails from Vancouver, Canada wher he works as a professional musician. He recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Jazz studies from the prestigious Capilano College. Upon graduation he recieved a grant form the Canadian Council for the Arts to study tabla at the Ustad Allahrakha 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 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 distinction of working with some of India’s finest like Louis Banks, Fazal Quereshi, Rakesh Chaurasia and Taufiq Quereshi.

The Jazz Goa event included a repertoire of great musicians such as Colin D’Cruz, George Fernandez. UK-based Helen Louise Jones and Lester Godinho who has just returned after a very successful stint at Seoul South Korea amongst others.

Fosters, Seagrams, Indage India and Pepsi supported the event. get details about Jazz Goa from 9822487818/9422437377.

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