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    Citya��s first jazz festival has the likes of Louis Banks and Keith Peters

    This weekend will see the citya��s music aficionados talking blues, ragtime and soul as they swing over to Phoenix Market City to catch our first Jazz festival.

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    The fest features big namesa��from Mumbaia��s Louis Banks to our very own Maarten Visser and Keith Peters. a�?Chennai has always had a knowledgeable audience when it comes to music. Ita��s wona��t be any different for jazz,a�? says Visser, a Hollander who has been living and performing in the city for nearly 15 years. a�?If you understand the improvisational aspects of Carnatic music, youa��ll definitely like this concert,a�? chips in Louis, a Grammy-nominated jazz artist.

    Chasing the blues
    For those of you who are still figuring out the funk and fusion of jazz, one worda��YouTube. a�?There are some pretty great names out there with amazing music. Louis Armstrong for one,a�? says Visser. Of course, you could also skip the theory and sample Armstronga��s A Kiss To Build A Dream On and gently ease into an evening of soft jazz. Though dona��t come expecting all of Armstrong and Miles Davis, says Maarten. a�?Theya��re old-world, traditional jazz. Wea��ll be playing an adaptationa��a contemporary take,a�? he assures.

    At Phoenix MarketCity, on June 7-8, from 7 pm onwards. Free entry. Details: buzzintown.com

    a��Janane Venkatraman


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