George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of seminal Indian fusion groups Summit with Zakir Hussain, Bombay Jazz with Ronu Majumdar and Larry Coryell, the Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Prasanna and Elements with Gwyneth Wentink and Kala Ramnath.
Brooks is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied saxophone with Joe Allard. He is also a student of Indian master vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. and has performed internationally with many of India’s most beloved artists including Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, VM Bhatt, U Srinivas, Vikku Vinayakram, Trilok Gurtu, Shujaat Khan, N. Ravikian, Shankar Mahadevan and many others.
Brooks has also performed and recorded with genre defining artists Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Etta James, Jaki Byard, Anthony Braxton, Talvin Singh, poet Michael McClure, and Ray Manzarek (of the Doors).
Brooks has received commissions and grants from the American Composers Forum, Arts International, MetLife Creative Connections and the SF Museum of Modern Art. His compositions have appeared in films by Merchant Ivory and been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Liverpool Philharmonic.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.