India’s Jazz Age

When you think of jazz in the early 20th Century you may think of New Orleans, Chicago, New York or Paris. What isn’t so well known is that the Indian city of Bombay – now Mumbai – had its own flourishing jazz scene in the 1930s.

story of bombay jazzNaresh Fernandes – author of “Taj Mahal Foxtrot, the story of Bombay’s jazz age” – paints a portrait of the musicians, the fans, and the music.

Click on the title, Bombay’s jazz age, to watch and listen to his fascinating audio slideshow published on the Internet in the BBC News Magazine.

And here is one of the leading musicians from that era, Chic Chocolate, who modelled himself on his hero, Louis Armstrong.

Chic Chocolate

Chic Chocolate

Thank you to Evelyne Perks Cohen, Mel Blachford and Gretel James for alerting me to this wonderful slice of jazz history,

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