The Heritage Jazz Yatra has been an emotional journey for all of us with jazz close to their hearts and when we did not have an edition for more than a year, there was a quiet discontent brewing among the die hards.
So, did we have a choice? Absolutely not! And that was the birth of the “Liberate your Jazz” show that was held on the 19th of December 2006. The show was part of the Heritage Jazz series and was extremely well received.I was pleasantly surprised at the way people reacted to having the shows back at Gonsalves Mansion which is generally considered the home of jazz in Goa. With proceeds of around Rs. 1 lakh having been collected for the National Association for the Blind, Goa Chapter, the show had much more than just heritage and music to look up to. We had an emotive issue what with Babush Santana, a completely blind musician (drummer, violinist, trumpeter, vocalist, etc.) belting out songs much to the delight of the 400 strong crowd at the venue.
Interplay, comprising Sonia Saigal, Harmeet Manseta, Karl Peters and Adrian D’Souza proved why they are the most sought after jazz band in Goa. They were simply superb, as they are always.
But the pick of the night was the delectable playing by the Amit Heri Group comprising of Amit Heri himself, legendary drummer Ranjit Barot, sitarist Ravi Chary and bassist Karl Peters. Their performance was spell bounding and the crowd went berserk with the quality of music that they came up with.
All in all, a time to say thanks to everyone who made 2006 a grand year for jazz. Friends like Ashok Bajaj, Joe Gomes, Ccaetano Filipe Colaco and scores of others who just did anything they could to take this music tradition forward. After all, Goa is all about music and it is a happy moment that music and the heritage of Goa are moving on great guns.
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