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American Jazz group performs in Kolkata

Posted on Mar 21 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Mar 20 : The American Jazz group Ari Rowland Jazz Quartet performed on Wednesday at the tune of popular Bengali and Hindi songs in a special event organized by the U.S. Consulate of Kolkata at the Bengal Club, here.

Delivering the welcome remarks, American Center Director, Joanne Joria said, "Jazz is one of the greatest American art forms with a rich history and legacy that transcends age, race, gender and class. I am told that Kolkata has always been the hub of jazz in India, and I am delighted to be here at the Bengal Club to co-host the Ari Rowland Jazz Quartet."

The four member group was inspired by Jazz music from the 1930's through 1950's, also known as the Golden age of Jazz.

Ari Rowland at The Bengal Club

The Jazz lovers were left enchanted when the band performed pieces by the Jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Holiday.

The Ari Rowland Jazz Quartet also showcased some of their own original compositions.

The audience was pleasantly surprised as the band performed one by one 'Ei path jodi na shesh hoye' from Bengali movie Saptapadi, 'Dhitang dhitang bole' by Hemanta Mukherjee, 'Sundari Kalama Nachey Re' a popular Bengali folk song and 'Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Chorenge' from Bollywood movie Sholay.

Morover, the Ari Rowland Quartet will also play at the Delhi Jazz Festival in Nehru Park on Mar 28, the fourth edition of the fest to be organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

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