All that JAZZ

Leg­endary amer­i­can Jazz artiste, Stan­ley Jor­dan who will be per­form­ing in Delhi in Fe­bru­ary talks about the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Jazz and In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic

India Today - - SIMPLY BUZZ - By MO­HINI MEHRO­TRA Jor­dan will be in In­dia for Jazz Ya­tra by Team­work Arts in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cap­i­tal Jazz, to be held on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2017 at One Golden Mile, Delhi. Info at jazz­in­diacir­cuit.com

Q. Tell us a bit about your mu­si­cal jour­ney A. As a child I was very in­flu­enced by the likes of Sergei Prokofiev, Mozart, Beethoven and Richard Wag­ner, and I used to en­joy play­ing the pi­ano and the gui­tar. I loved lis­ten­ing to jazz— Miles Davis, Ge­orge Ben­son, Stan­ley Tur­ren­tine and Her­bie Han­cock—so when I was 12 years old, I tried my hand at it. The thing I liked about jazz most was that it had the com­plex struc­ture, like clas­si­cal mu­sic com­bined with the vis­ceral power and feel­ing of rock and blues. Q. Who are your favourite jazz artists in the world? A. On the pi­ano it’s Art Ta­tum and Keith Jar­rett. On the gui­tar it’s Joe Pass. My fa­vorite liv­ing jazz gui­tarist in Ge­orge Ben­son. Any­thing from his Blue Ben­son al­bum would be a great place to start. And of course, Miles Davis’ al­bum, Kind of Blue. Q. What’s your take on jazz mu­sic scene in In­dia? A. I don’t know a lot about it, so I’m tak­ing out ex­tra time dur­ing my trip to Delhi to meet and hope­fully play with mu­si­cians from dif­fer­ent gen­res. I feel In­dian mu­si­cians would be es­pe­cially good at jazz be­cause the In­dian clas­si­cal tra­di­tion has similar el­e­ments. Some of my favourite jazz mu­si­cians have col­lab­o­rated with In­dian mu­si­cians. When I was a teenager, in the 1970s I saw John Handy and Ali Ak­bar Khan per­form together and it re­ally blew my mind. It was re­mark­able how com­pat­i­ble the two styles were in terms of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and a mu­si­cal con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the artistes. Q. How do you feel about per­form­ing in Delhi? A. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing at the Jazz Ya­tra. I know that there is a huge buzz around this fes­ti­val. I hope to bring some­thing mem­o­rable to the au­di­ence and I look for­ward to hear­ing the other artistes.

STAN­LEY JOR­DAN

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