We were lucky to hear Sonia Saigal last night..In concert with her Dad .the legendary voice of Calcutta – Don Saigal.., with arrangements and a band led by Louiz Banks
.Sonia is a sensation..and if you are in India and want to hear a world class jazz vocalist, go listen to her…
Sonia comes from a deep tradition.. Jazz is in her DNA..Last night we heard Sonia conjure up shades of Carmen McRae and Betty Carter as she hit the stage after a wonderful “Nature Boy” by her dad Don..She blew us away …especially on God Bless This Child..which is a brave tune for any female vocalist to perform because of the Billie aura..but with a very contemporary arrangement by Louiz Banks that underpinned it. Sonia found the blues in this wonderful jazz classic and shared them with us. .
Our regret is that we could not grab Sonia’s singing during our shoot in Calcutta..she is a wonderfully gracious lady who was generous with her time in an interview that we share below..with an underlying vocal from an earlier time (almost 8 years ago, with the Carlton Kitto ensemble! ) ..
Bombay..if you know what jazz is all about..bring Sonia back
If anyone has a video of the performance from the session in Bombay..please share !
UPDATE: Sonia sent us two links ..which include some fresh interpretation of the standards ! LISTEN !!
http://www.myspace.com/interplaymusic – Great interpretation of Up Jumped Spring !!