While in Bombay, thanks to Christine Correa , we were able to spend a morning with Micky Correa. As the resident band leader at the Taj Hotel for 21 years..from the 1940′s through the ’60′s , he is a living repository of the era of Big Bands in Bombay. Micky memories include sessions with the diaspora of American jazz men who were featured at the Taj. Micky is among the last of band leaders from that era and has the distinction of being the first Indian bandleader at the Taj. Men and women mentored and groomed in Mickey’s swing and lounge bands went on to lead bands of their own and/or earn handsome livings in Bollywood, including Chic Chocolate, Johnny Baptiste, Lucille Pacheco and others.
Micky Correa turned 96 last week..would you believe it ! and although he has not been able to play his baritone sax in many years, he can still pound out a tune on his piano. Happy Birthday Micky !