We are delighted that our friend and collaborator (indeed, our lead historian for Bombay jazz history) Naresh Fernandes is ready to unleash his book !.. Great work Naresh ! This book reflects many years of research and the gathering of a wonderful set of archival material that tells the story of how Bombay and Jazz co-habited, and indeed, gave birth to an era when the swinging sounds could be heard in many a venue.. We are much much appreciative of Naresh’s participation and passionate support for the documentary, and of course for the generous outpouring of archival materials, many of which have found a home in the film..
Here is what he says about his upcoming book:Dear all, Ahead of the publication of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age, I’m really trying to overcome my technophobia. The website for the book www.tajmahalfoxtrot.com is now up and running. Over the next few months, I’m going to be posting outakes and riffs on the book, as well as archival audio clips on the site. My first post is about how the drummer Oliver Tines, who was once a regular member of Louis Armstrong’s band, ended up spending his last days in Satara. TajMahal Foxtrot also has a Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taj-Mahal-Foxtrot-The-Story-of-Bombays-Jazz-Age-by-Naresh-Fernandes/225469034137182
Naresh’s pre-launch website has already generated feedback and hopefully more and more archival anecdotes and material will be result….Gordon Rodricks in Bombay responded to Naresh’s email and shared this article “the last Gig” – about the tail end of the jazz era in Bombay ..part of his collection of “Jazz in Bombay” history…Thanks Gordon