NCPA International Jazz Festival
NCPA International Jazz Festival
The National Centre for the Performing Arts launched the NCPA International Jazz Festival in 2017 to bring to audiences acclaimed jazz bands and soloists from across the country and the world in a format that “combines experimental styles with familiar standards and new compositions with others by the masters”.
A successor to the erstwhile Jazzmatazz festival, the NCPA International Jazz Festival has played host to such renowned names as bassist Ari Roland and saxophonists Camille Thurman and Greg Banaszak from the US, trumpeter Kevin Davy from the UK and singer Elisabetta Antonini from Italy. It has also featured American ensembles such as The Clifford Brown Legacy Band and Mingus Dynasty Quintet whose concerts pay tribute to jazz greats of the past.
After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021, the event returned in 2022 for its fourth edition. The line-up comprised veteran American pianist Monty Alexander, whose concert saw him returning to his Jamaican roots (on Friday, 25 November); pianist Thilo Wolf’s Jazz Quartett from Germany, which collaborated with countrywoman, singer Johanna Iser (on Saturday, 26 November); and the Mingus Big Band from the US, a 14-piece collective that celebrated the music of legendary composer and instrumentalist Charles Mingus (on Sunday, 27 November).
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How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. The airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 or the domestic terminal was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from other airports. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as private buses, operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Temperature checks
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Temperatures in Mumbai can go up to 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Carry light, cotton clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops and sneakers, keep your feet comfortable.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allow bottles to be taken inside.
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