Glenn Perry takes Goans on jazz ride

International Indo-Portuguese rockstar Glenn Perry and his jazz band rocked a select crowd of jazz aficionados at the Entertainment Society of Goa auditorium in Goa last Saturday. The musician, who also performs pop, hip hop and other rhythms, was performing for the first time in Goa with his jazz quartet comprising his brothers Giles (Drums) and Miles (Bass), besides Dutch saxophonist Martin Visser.

The jazz musicians enthralled the crowd with old-time jazz hits as they swung from band to solos by each of the musicians that had the crowd clapping for more.  The familiar hit Blue Train (John Coltrane) began the musical journey into the popular tunes of the past such as
Night in Tunisia
and Billy’s Bounce [Dizzy Gillespie] and Cantaloupe Island [Herbie Hancock], So What [Miles Davis] and You are my inspiration [from his album Reincarnation which he had dedicated to his father — the legendary trumpeter Chris Perry] before winding up the concert with Sunny Roland’s Tenor Madness.

The show had its hilarious moments when Perry composed a song Blues for Goa on the night of his arrival in Goa and, dedicating it to Goa, played it with his band, who were caught unaware because they hadn’t practised it.

‘Play it on B Flat, you know, the note just beside A Flat,’ the musician ribbed his band members as they stared on in confusion for a moment before laughing and launching vigorously into the new tune.

Interacting with the audience, Perry noted that jazz was all about communication and his MTV [Laila] hit days had witnessed advisors urging him to diet and eat less. ‘That was when I decided to switch to jazz rather than stay on a diet,’ he said to laughter from the crowd.
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