Finding Paris – The French Connection


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Between 1950 and 1952,  Calcutta was home to the  “Le premier négre du jazz, made in France” (= The first “black” French jazz musician) – Alix Combelle and the “modern” sound of his sextet – three saxes, and a rhythm section.

We followed up in a  2011 Update with interesting documentation including a photo of the band in Calcutta.

Jhaveri 1955-JazzHot

Next, in 2012- came the French Connection, and our friendship with Stephane Dorin, who shared this documentation written by the remarkable “Godfather of Jazz in India”  – Niranjan Jhaveri, found in  Charles Delaunay and Hughes Panassié ‘s  Jazz Hot Magazine  (1955)

And now in 2013..more news of the French jazzmen in India ?

…Mais non ! …instead we write about Indian Jazz Musicians …who will soon bring their musical story to Europe’s capital city of Jazz…on June 28th

The ” India jazz band” will feature as headliners the bands of Carlton Kitto and Louiz Banks and of course their fine rhythm sections, as well as guest appearances by Ranjit Barot, Sanjay Divecha , Karl Peters, Adrian D’Souza and addition to some stalwarts of yore .. Pam Crain,  Anto Menezes, Rubin Ribeiro and of course the legend of the Taj..Micky Correa..and just to spice things up..Teddy Weatherford, Crickett Smith ….

But before you rush out to book your seats….and before you wonder how Anto, Micky an, Teddy, Crickett and others will make their way from the Big Bandstand in the Sky to Paris.. .yes.. indeed it is the musical Story of Indian Jazz Paris- June 28th…in the form of Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India

An international conference entitled  “Global Circulations of Jazz” will be held on June 27-­‐28, 2013,  at the Musée du Quai Branly

A call for papers (CFP) has been issued by a worldwide team of scholars, organized by
Stéphane Dorin, CESSP (EHESS-­‐CNRS-­‐Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) and Catherine Servan-­‐Schreiber, CEIAS (CNRS-­‐EHESS)

Bringing together Affiche-JazzGlobal-2specialists, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, sociologists, the dissemination of jazz outside of its places of birth will be explored. We will look at this ‘other jazz’, whose history is little and poorly known. Jazz music circulated very early on and engendered particularly rich and fertile musical progeny around the world
Papers are encouraged that will increase our understanding of jazz in South Africa, in Mauritius, and the Indian Ocean, South America and even in India and Asia.  This ‘global’ jazz prefigured the great movement of globalization of popular music in the twentieth and twenty-first  centuries, but remains poorly documented.  The conference will bring together researchers from different countries, who have begun to address, preferably on an empirical basis, these secondary circuits of diffusion.  The conference will conclude with the screening of a documentary on the dissemination of Jazz in India, Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz India, followed by a discussion with the Director, Susheel Kurien
For years, jazz has come from the West to India..only on rare occasion has the Story of Jazz in India gone Westwards…the time has come.

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