Jazz Revelations Presents World-Jazz Group Natraj in Providence on July 24

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PROVIDENCE, RI–Jazz Revelations will present world-jazz ensemble Natraj, which will perform Indian and African-infused contemporary jazz on Sunday, July 24, in Providence, RI.

This show features raga-influenced soprano and sopranino saxophonist Phil Scarff; the virtuosity of violinist and violist Rohan Gregory; the warm, nimble solidity of bassist Mike Rivard; the tabla and multipercussion wizardry of Jerry Leake; and the high-energy groove of drummer Bertram Lehmann.

Natraj-croppedThe program will be held at Aurora, 276 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903. The show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 401-272-5723 or visit www.auroraprovidence.com or www.tinyurl.com/gtse92h for more information.

Deeply meditative North Indian ragas. Beautifully intricate South Indian rhythms. Driving African beats. Edgy, contemporary jazz. World-jazz ensemble Natraj puts it all together in an adventurous, engaging synthesis.

“Natraj… The future of jazz… The future of world music… a spellbinding tapestry… a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection,” raves the Times of India. From Boston to Toronto, and Mumbai to Ghana, Natraj has delighted listeners since 1987.

Acclaimed as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian, Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz creating its own adventurous and infectious style. “Natraj… Punctuated by West African rhythms, steeped in Indian raga and infused with the haunting cry of a soprano sax… lyrical, contemplative… unique,” extols the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH.

Funding for the show is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.


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