Live at The Big Ben: 9 June 2016

Jazz, Blues & Beyond

“The transition from Swing to Bop happened in the late 30s (38 – 39) by a young guitar genius Charlie Christian who died at the age of 22. This however was taken up by a group of highly talented musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk – Max Roach and others and during the early experimental sessions at the Minton’s in Harlem came to be known as Bebop Jazz: the most challenging form of music from all angles: harmonically – technically – lyrically or from any other form.
It soon revolutionized the world! Bebop Jazz still remains authentic in form and this movement is the mainstay of our music which we have been trying to promote for many years mainly through myself and the devoted Nondon Bagchi. We have had many changes in the Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble and at one point the Carlton Kitto Big Band; we hope to go on keeping Bebop alive in India and hope all you Jazz lovers will help us in this endeavor.”
– Carlton Kitto

Live at The Big Ben is a resurgence of the long-running series of live music events that were hosted at the Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata.

Thursday 9th June at 9PM


♫ Carlton Kitto on Guitars

Carlton Kitto is a legendary figure in jazz in this part of the world. When he was band leader at Blue Fox on Park Street for about 12 years (before which Louiz Banks was the leader and Carlton played in his band), he jammed with all visiting jazz musicians from different corners of the world including people like Steve Turre, Kenny Baron, Chico Freeman and others and their response to his knowledge of his guitar and his fluency and familiarity with bebop in particular, was remarkable. He remains a purist and will only play pieces the way they were composed, adhering to stylistic traditions.

♫ Nondon Bagchi on Drums

Nondon Bagchi started playing in December 1968, thus completing 48 years of playing professionally with some of India’s biggest rock, jazz and fusion bands.
He’s currently the centripetal force behind Kolkata’s favorite retro-rock outfit Hip Pocket as drummer and vocalist. Also known for being a well published food critic and accomplished cook, Nondon Bagchi is one of Kolkata’s most active and beloved music personalities.

♫ William Walters on Bass

♫ Arunava Chatterjee on Keys

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