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    International Jazz Day, observed annually on April 30th, is a global celebration of this vibrant musical genre. While jazz may not be the most mainstream music in India, there’s a dedicated community that keeps the spirit alive. From iconic venues to up-and-coming clubs, here are 7 spots where you can immerse yourself in the world of Jazz in India:

    1. The Quarter, Mumbai: The Quarter at the Royal Opera House offers a sophisticated ambience with indoor and outdoor seating. This venue provides a platform for both established and emerging jazz talents. Past performances have even included international jazz giant Erik Truffaz.
    2. Bombay Jazz Club, Mumbai:  A stalwart of the Mumbai music scene, the Bombay Jazz Club champions live music across various genres, focusing on Jazz. This International Jazz Day, they collaborated with Irish House to present an exceptional performance by Jazz Nation, featuring renowned musicians Schubert Vaz, Anand Vaity, William Fernandes, and Steve Francis.
    3. The Living Room, New Delhi: Known for its intimate setting and focus on independent music, The Living Room is a haven for Jazz enthusiasts in Delhi. The venue regularly hosts local and international jazz acts, creating an immersive experience.
    4. Nostalgia Cafe, Kolkata:  Step back in time at Nostalgia Cafe, an institution known for its vintage charm and love for Jazz. This atmospheric cafe features regular live Jazz performances by local and visiting musicians, transporting you to the golden age of Jazz.
    5. Lahe Lahe, Bengaluru: Lahe Lahe is an excellent option if you’re in Bangalore and looking for a dose of Jazz. This gastropub features live music evenings, with Jazz being a prominent genre. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with the smooth sounds of a live Jazz band.
    6. Fiorella’s Jazz Cafe, Goa:  Goa isn’t just about beaches and sunshine! Fiorella’s Jazz Cafe offers a unique experience, blending Italian cuisine with live Jazz performances. Here, you can unwind with a glass of wine and soak in the soulful melodies of talented Jazz musicians.
    7. Hard Rock Cafe, Multiple Locations: While primarily known for rock music, Hard Rock Cafes across India occasionally host Jazz nights. This can be an excellent option for those who want to experience Jazz in a familiar and vibrant setting.

    A Rich History and More to Come

    Jazz music was found in fertile ground in India during the colonial era, with major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai witnessing a flourishing jazz scene in the early 20th century. The influence of legendary figures like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington can still be felt in the improvisational spirit of Indian Jazz.

    Today, the scene continues to thrive, with a new generation of musicians reinterpreting Jazz traditions and infusing them with local influences. Several upcoming Jazz festivals promise to keep the momentum going. The annual Mahindra Jazz Mumbai Festival and the Delhi International Jazz Festival are just a few examples of places to experience the best Indian and international jazz.

    Exploring the Local Scene

    Each of the cities mentioned above boasts its own unique Jazz character. Mumbai’s Jazz scene is known for its cosmopolitan outlook, while Kolkata offers a more traditional experience. Delhi’s scene is a hotbed for experimentation, with many young musicians pushing the boundaries of the genre.

    Explore online communities and social media pages dedicated to Jazz in India for an even deeper dive. Many venues also host jam sessions, providing a platform for aspiring musicians and fostering a sense of community.

    Dive Deeper into the World of Jazz

    Let International Jazz Day be your springboard to explore the vibrant Jazz scene in India. So wear your dancing shoes, grab some friends, and head out to a local venue to experience the magic of improvisation, syncopation, and soulful melodies!

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