We’ve come a long way, baby !

And though we don’t endorse the product that is the subject of the iconic slogan from the Mad Men Era,  and can’t help but smile when we hear the bubblegum anthem from Josie and the Pussycats ,  and as for Fatboy Slim   well….we have come a long way! .

Who would have ‘thunk” that a film about Jazz in India would feature at the first ever International Jazz Day Celebration at the UN ?!

And today, on April 30, 20112 , as declared in PI 2027 issued at the United Nations General Assembly “The Committee on Information of the United Nations General Assembly, in association with the United Nations Academic Impact and the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, will organize a special event to celebrate the first International Jazz Day on 30 April 2012.”

Yes,  Jazz  truly transcends languages, borders and all the divisions that we choose to create between ourselves.. And this great music found its way to India almost 80 years ago, brought there by a diaspora of talented African-American musicians who left behind a legacy that survived them and even wove its way into India’s popular music.

Herb Flemming (Nicolaaih El-Michelle) was one of those pioneers.. (click here for a Wiki entry, and stay tuned for more info in a future post) Here is a clip from the film that tells his story in India..

We are greatly honored to premiere Finding Carlton – on International Jazz Day…when India joins in the celebration of this truly international music with a tale of how jazz travelled to India.. Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India !

Made possible by the support and trust of a group of amazing people from all over the world..and yes the invaluable goodwill of all the readers of this blog and our Facebook friends… Thank You !….as we all stand together and say

We have come a long way ..who would have “thunk” it ? !

The UNiversal language – with no boundaries

Join in the celebration…Wonderful concerts – streaming live worldwide at FIRST INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY SITE PARIS – NEW ORLEANS- NEW YORK

FOR LIVE STREAM : http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/jazz-day/

Archives: http://www.youtube.com/user/unesco

And watch and listen to what Herbie Hancock has to say at the opening event in Paris:


Finding Carlton was made possible by the friends of Finding Carlton – 120+ friends of music from all over the world

We are honored to be invited to screen our film on the First International Jazz Day celebration at the United Nations, and invite you a screening


The United Nations Academic Impact cordially invites you to an event under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly Committee on Information and in association with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, to celebrate

International Jazz Day  (click for details)

Monday, 30 April 2012, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Room 2 (North Lawn Building)
United Nations Headquarters.


H.E. Ambassador Eduardo Ulibarri, Chair, Committee on Information and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, Amir Elsaffar, Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer, Grace Kelly, saxophonist, graduate of Berklee College of Music, Susheel Kurien, film-maker, Jose’ Masso. host/producer of “ConSalsa!” on WBUR 90.9FM, Boston, Alexandra Yabrov: Operations Manager at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston

To learn more about this film, watch the video below

Thanks StarringNYC !!

We are delighted to share this video about Finding Carlton, thank you Sabrina Buckwalter and StarringNYC.com


Filmmaker Susheel Kurien set out to discover how jazz arrived in India for his documentary, Finding Carlton: Uncovering the story of jazz in India.

What he discovered was far richer and more complex than he expected.
Watch this clip for an overview of the documentary and questions with the filmmaker and vocalist Christine Correa, featured in the film.
For more information on this documentary, please visit: http://www.findingcarlton.com