We have just one question - why on a Tuesday night?
Sandeep Chowta, in association with Time & Space, is bringing some of the best musical talent in the world, Bunny Brunel and the Jazz AllStars, to perform in the big jazz nite called Waiting For Tonight, at Hitex Exhibition grounds, on 12th December.
Performing at the concert will be Jazz stars, Bunny Brunel on bass, Frank Gambale on the guitar, Mitch Forman on the keyboards and Virgil Donati on the drums (he's also the singer and song writer), along with music composer Sandeep Chowta.
Bunny Brunel first recorded the classics Tap Step and Secret Agent with Jazz fusionist Chick Corea. The roster of artists he went on to record and perform with, is practically a who’s who of music industry giants, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Larry Coryell, Al Dimeola, Mike Stern and Joe Farrell. Bunny has released 9 albums including the Grammy nominated CAB 2.
Frank Gambale first auditioned for Chick Corea and began a 6-year stint which culminated in 5 albums, a Grammy award and two Grammy nominations. Recently, Frank began his own record label called Wombat Records, on which he re-released his early Legato catalog and others such as a double live CD called Resident Alien - Live Bootlegs, and a duet CD with Maurizio Colonna, the famous Italian Classical guitarist, called Imagery Suite.
Mitch Forman began touring and recording with Gerry Mulligan, playing in both his big band and his quartet. In 1980, his solo career began with a piano performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. This recording became Mitchel’s first album, Live At Newport.
Mitch continues to record and play under his own name, and has recently started his own record label, Marsis Jazz. His most recent releases have been Mr Clean and Patience, both on his own label. Mitch has worked with other luminaries like guitarist John Scofield (Blue Matter), Mike Stern (Upside Downside), Janis Siegal, Dave Samuels, Diane Schuur, Gary Burton (Reunion GRP), Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Simon Phillips, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans and Ricki Lee Jones.
Virgil Donati is known amongst professional drummers as a technical virtuoso, having developed incredible flexibility, blinding quickness and powerful, metronomic precision - all with a rare attention to showmanship and visual playing. Donati is beginning to be recognized as one of the true enduring masters. He has recently moved to the United States. Since then, Virgil has joined Derek Sherinian’s LA prog-metal group Planet X.
Sandeep Chowta is the only Asian composer to feature amongst song writers like Sir Paul Mcartney, Diane Warren and Natasha Bedingfield on Tata Young’s just released world-wide album Temperature Rising. Chowta took a keen interest in jazz in school, after stumbling on his father’s collection.
He's already tasted musical success in Bollywood, with films like Satya, Company, Bollywood Hollywood, Asoka and Vaastav, and songs including Khallas, Babuji, Kambakth Ishq and Laila Laila. Sandeep’s ground-breaking album is to be released sometime next year. It showcases the talents of several jazz greats like John Scofield, Dave Valentin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Eddie Daniels, Bunny Brunel, Jay Oliver, SpyroGyra, Larry Carlton, Frank Gambale, Virgil Donati and Patrice Rushen.
The entry to this jazz festival is through passess: Rs. 2,500, Rs. 1,800 and Rs. 1,000. All the passes are for single entry and include dinner and beverages. Passes are available at Walden, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills and Somajiguda Road, Opp. ITC Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers, Greenlands: Time and Space, Road No. 13, Banjara Hills. For further details, please contact the organisers at 2339-4434/2339-1065/98496-51231.