Jazz Goers

Herald Insight-10th September ’04

Jazz Goa had its fifth concert on Friday evening at Campal that stretched into the night and spilled over into the morning with the music making gaining momentum as the hours rolled by unnoticed and the music flowed into the hearts of the devotees. This concert was a treat for all tastes. Three violinists, two saxophonists, a trumpeter and a female vocalist kept the pace at a high pitch-music live, hot and improvised.
S.Harikumar and H.Subramanium ignited the evening with their violin and ghattam duo reaching a high point with their fusion session with Colin D’Cruz on electric bass, Lester Godinho on drums and Jazzy Joe on tenor sax and clarinet. Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, Jerry Fernandes enchanted with his violin wizardry, the old fingers still weaving the old magic.
Jazzy Joe (bandleader in the 60’s at Calcutta’s legendary Blue Fox), now touching 80, has the stamina and the tonal power and richness that will make a young saxophonist breathless just to hear him perform. Music flows out of him like a bottomless honeypot-sweet, rich, golden and satisfying. And it spreads to everyone around him, inspiring them to surrender totally to music.
Dr.K.J.Singh, a keen saxophonist from Mumbai/Pune and Chagras on the trumpet injected a solid brassy quality to the evening. Hema Sardesai, the celebrated playback singer, wrapped her glorious voice around “Black Velvet” as only she can. while Belinda Oliveira added her own brand of exquisiteness. The young upcoming singing sensation Veaam Braganza delighted the audience.
Even as Dwane (violin) and Gary and Kirk (piano) displayed their youthful talents, Elaine D’Souza sang intensely. The evening was dedicated to the memory of her father, Michael Fredrick, a jazz lover and pianist. Stanley Pinto ex-managing director of Lintas Advertising, caressed the keys into loving melodies and composed a song in memory of Michael.
It is difficult to put together a show with such variety and class, it just happens. George Fernandes, Colin D’Cruz and Lester Godinho, all gifted, versatile musicians, provided the strong support that was the key to the evening’s success. They play in any genre, always responding with the appropriate mix of sonic spice. The featured performers have their shining glory but these musicians made the evening pulse, rock, shine and catch ‘fire’. Jazz Goa lives, grows and thrives because it showcases musicians of calibre in an atmosphere of sharing music.

Les Menezes

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