THE BUZZ | MUSIC
Here it comes again!
Now aged 37, he plays in New York with his group Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop, after having built an impressive resume with the legendary organist Shirley Scott, as well as other jazz heavyweights like Gerry Mulligan, Wayne Kratz and Mike Stern.
It is he, dear friends, who will be headlining at Jazzmandu later this month, an event that though in its eighth year, continues to generate all the excitement it did in its first. In keeping with previous years, the line-up this year is diverse: from the samba-infused Brazilian jazz of Capim Seco to the subliminal sounds of Thai band Saksri Pang Vongdharadon.
This might turn out to be a useful thing for Nepali jazz musicians, as what stands out during the festival is the dearth of new Nepali bands. Nabin Chhetri – who started this jazz party – and his band Cadenza will be representing Nepal, so to speak, while folksy bands Kutumba and Gandarva will be jamming along with the rest. These three bands have pretty much been the regulars over the last seven years, and latter two aren't even remotely inspired by the tradition of jazz. That said, when the party comes to town, all we care about is the tapping of our feet and the swaying of our hips.
Gokarna Jazz Bazaar - Saturday, 30th October
Jazz for the Next Generation - Sunday, 31 October
Jazzmandu Master Class - Monday, 1 November
Jazz At Patan - Tuesday, 2 November
All Star Fever - Wednesday, 3 November,