In Chennai, Fridays are for jazz.

Sharanya Gopinath with Chennai-based jazz band Many Things

Sharanya Gopinath and more with Chennai-based jazz band Photo credit: Special Arrangements

After a hard week at work, everyone deserves a place to relax, and a soundtrack. As jazz continues to see unprecedented interest across the country, Hyatt Regency has made a place for fans with Jazz Nights every Friday at its 365 AS Bar.

Martin Visser

Martin Weiser | Photo credit: Special Arrangements

Rubin Das, general manager, says the move is partly inspired by his years in Kolkata where he studied. “When I was growing up in Kolkata, artists like Louis Banks and Pam Crane played in various clubs across the city. I thought why not bring jazz to Chennai, because it’s a kind of music that belongs to that place. goes along. It’s very ‘speakeasy’, because you can talk to your friends while enjoying the music. We plan to continue with jazz evenings for the rest of the year.”

Although the bar has been hosting these evenings since January, Chennai-based jazz band Many Things, comprising jazz saxophonist Martin Visser, bass player Arvind Murali and drummer Manu Krishnan, gave their first performance last Friday. He set the mood for the evening with ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’. Martin will perform solo every Friday and with the band every last Friday of the month.

Sharanya Gopinath

Sharanya Gopinath Photo credit: Special Arrangements

Singer Sharanya Gopinath, known for songs like ‘Lova Luva’, ‘Na Ramba Busy’ and ‘Puri Masala Puri’, performed ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Girl from Ipanema’ and old favourites. It left the audience in a dreamy state. ‘Summertime’.

“There’s a lot to learn while performing,” says Sharanya, explaining, “Though I’ve had a bit of training in Western classical, I’m not a trained jazz singer… I’m whatever. I know jazz songs because of other musicians who introduced me to them or I just discovered them. My favorite artists are Ella Fitzgerald, bass players like Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong. Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist. is like

Jazz nights start at 7pm at 365 AS, Hyatt Regency, Tenempet. A table can be booked for ₹ 2,000, redeemable for either drinks or food. Contact 9884369333 for details.

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