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Jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell & Bombay Jazz perform at Berea

Jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell and the group Bombay Jazz performed at Berea College on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium. The event was the first of six performances of the 2010-2011 Stephenson Memorial concert series, that brings outstanding musical performances to the local community free of charge.

Four internationally renowned musicians: Larry Coryell, pioneer of Jazz-rock, George Brooks, saxophonist, Ronu Majumdar, flutist, and Vijay Ghate, tabla player, comprise the group.

Bombay Jazz performs a dynamic blend of Jazz and classical Indian music. Within it, each member is an accomplished artist in their own rights. Larry Coryell is on the cutting edge of fusion or trading jazz licks with Jazz greats such as James Moody or Jimmy Smith. Coryell has performed alongside Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola and has toured India with L. Subramanium and Shakti.

Bombay Jazz made their debut in India in 2003 while receiving critical and popular acclaim. Later, a whirlwind tour of Europe in the fall of 2004 and U.S. performances in 2005 solidified their pursuit of compositional and improvisational excellence.

Saxophone virtuoso George Brooks has collaborated with jazz and blues celebrated musicians as well as Indian classical gurus Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, L.Subramaniam and Aashish Khan. Ronu Majumdar is a Grammy nominee and has performed with international superstars, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Beatle George Harrison and guitarist Ry Cooder. Vijay Ghate has toured the world accompanying some of India’s most important classical artists and has gained global recognition in world music through performances with Al Jarreau, George Duke, and others.

For complete listing of all Berea College Convocations for 2010-2011 year, visit www.berea.edu/convocations

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