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Nepal Relief Concert Friends of Jazzmandu


Friends-of-JazzmanduNepal Relief Concert Friends of Jazzmandu Sunday, July 19, 7:00 PM Le Poisson Rouge, New York City

New York, NY- Le Poisson Rouge, located at 158 Bleeker Street, New York NY, is proud to present a Nepal Relief Concert featuring some of the most esteemed names in jazz. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and run until 11:00 PM. The cost to attend is $25 and $15 for students with ID. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and Handicap International. Reservations can be made online by visiting Le Poisson Rouge or by calling (212) 505-3474.

Following the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, flautist Jamie Baum, Manu Koch and others resolved to organize a benefit concert, and in consultation with the founder and organizer of Jazzmandu, Navin Chettri, reached out to bands who had performed at the festival as well as other allies in the jazz community. The night, hosted by WBGO’s Simon Rentner, promises a wide variety of delights: the ever-intriguing compositions of Claudia Quintet; KJ Denhert’s funk and soul, Joel Harrison and Anuparm Shobhakar’s mix of North Indian classical music and jazz; Goonj’s earthy Indian-based groove music, Beat Kaestli’s French-flavored jazz vocal; Pawan Benjamin’s visionary saxophone immersed in Nepalese traditions; and the renowned mother/son Laugart team leading their Cuban quartet. These eight bands, five of which have performed at Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu), will perform for approximately twenty minutes each.

Two bands will feature jazz legend Dave Liebman, honored guest on soprano saxophone. Liebman has listened to and been inspired by Indian music since the 1960’s and has played on the subcontinent several times with his own bands. The full lineups are as follow:

Claudia Quintet minus 1 (Jazzmandu 2013): Chris Speed – clarinet, tenor saxophone; Drew Gress – bass; Matt Moran – vibraphone; John Hollenbeck – drums; Ted Reichman – accordion

Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar: Multiplicity: Joel Harrison – guitar; Anupam Shobhakar – sarod; Hans Glawischnig – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums; w/ special guest Dave Liebman

Beat Kaestli Quartet (Jazzmandu 2012): Beat Kaestli – voice; Ben Stivers – piano; Gary Wang – bass; Fred Kennedy – drums

KJ Denhert Band (Jazzmandu 2014): KJ Denhert – voice, guitar; Manu Koch – piano; Leo Traversa – bass; Ray Levier – drums

Xiomara & Axel Laugart (Jazzmandu 2011): Xiomara Laugart – voice; Axel laugart – piano; tba – bass; tba – percussion

Goonj Beyond Borders (performed with Navin Chettri in NYC 2014): Jamie Baum – flute; Kenny Warren – trumpet; Matt Moran – vibraphone; Manu Koch – piano; Trifon Dimitrov – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums; w/ special guest Dave Liebman

Trio Urbano (Jazzmandu 2009): Susan Pereira – voice, percussion; Jamie Baum – flute; Dario Eskenazi – piano; Leo Traversa – bass; Vanderlei Pereira – drums

Pawan Benjamin Group: Pawan Benjamin – bansoori, tenor saxophone; Sharik Hasan – piano; Michael Gam – bass; Peter Kronreif – drums; Raj Kapur – madal, dhol



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