International report: World Jazz Festival, India

The Dutch representatives at the World Jazz Festival in Mumbai, received standing ovations and raving reviews.

“The term ‘World Jazz’ seemed perfect as artists from The Netherlands, Thailand, South Africa, India, France, South Korea, Suriname and the US got together at Bandra’s St Andrew’s Auditorium. In its first edition, the World Jazz Festival organised by Banyan Tree provided a variety of styles over two scintillating weekend concerts. The audience heard standards, bebop, jazz-rock fusion, smooth jazz, rap-jazz, traditional Thai tunes and even a few improvisations of Indian raags and film songs. (…) All in all, two wonderful evenings of jazz.” Read the review on Music Plus (India)

RollingStone India writes: “…the stand out group was the ound Midnight Orchestra from the Netherlands, ably led and conducted by Beets (pronounced Bates), who also played the tenor saxophone. His brother, Marius Beets, who plays the upright acoustic bass, had made the complex arrangements for the music from this band. Their fine vocalist, Deborah Carter connected the dots in their musical menu by inviting the audience to travel with her to New York, arguably the home of modern jazz, as she explored the music of Thelonius Monk – who wrote the jazz classic “Round Midnight” after which the band is named, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus and Count Basie. The band’s arrangement of Basie’s “Jumpin at the Woodside” was the high point of the two-day festival. Special mention is also due to their amazing tenor sax man Ben van den Dungen and pianist Sebastian van Bavel, both thoroughly steeped in the tradition of jazz and delightful to listen to.” Read the review on RollingStone (India)