Review: World Jazz Festival, Mumbai
The event took place on April 29th and 30th at the city-based Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir
The third edition of the World Jazz Festival (WJF) conceived and produced by Banyan Tree in conjunction with Alexander Beets from the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, was held in Mumbai on April 29th and 30th, 2023 at the Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir in Bandra, Mumbai. This festival had also been held in Pune, Bengaluru and Dehradun prior to Mumbai.
It is an amazing truth that not too many jazz festivals, anywhere are performed without the music of Duke Ellington. Added to that, at least for the WJF was the name of the Brazilian maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim; ample tribute in song was paid to ‘Tom’ Jobim, particularly by the Lucas Santana Band, which won many hearts over the festival. Incidentally, the airport at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is called the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, demonstrating the high esteem in which Jobim is held.