Nepal Relief Concert
Friends of Jazzmandu
Sunday, July 19, 7:00 PM
Le Poisson Rouge, New York City

New York, NY- Le Poisson Rouge, located at 158 Bleeker Street, New York NY, is proud to present a Nepal Relief Concert featuring some of the most esteemed names in jazz. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and run until 11:00 PM. The cost to attend is $25 and $15 for students with ID. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and Handicap International. Reservations can be made online by visiting or by calling (212) 505-3474.

Following the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, flautist Jamie Baum, Manu Koch and others resolved to organize a benefit concert, and in consultation with the founder and organizer of Jazzmandu, Navin Chettri, reached out to bands who had performed at the festival as well as other allies in the jazz community. The night, hosted by WBGO’s Simon Rentner, promises a wide variety of delights: the ever-intriguing compositions of Claudia Quintet; KJ Denhert’s funk and soul, Joel Harrison and Anuparm Shobhakar’s mix of North Indian classical music and jazz; Goonj’s earthy Indian-based groove music, Beat Kaestli’s French-flavored jazz vocal; Pawan Benjamin’s visionary saxophone immersed in Nepalese traditions; and the renowned mother/son Laugart team leading their Cuban quartet. These eight bands, five of which have performed at Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu), will perform for approximately twenty minutes each.

Two bands will feature jazz legend Dave Liebman, honored guest on soprano saxophone. Liebman hast listened to and been inspired by Indian music since the 1960’s and has played on the continent several times with his own bands.

The full lineups are as follow:

Claudia Quintet minus 1 (Jazzmandu 2013)
Chris Speed – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Drew Gress – bass
Matt Moran – vibraphone
John Hollenbeck – drums

Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar: Multiplicity
Joel Harrison – guitar
Anupam Shobhakar – sarode
Hans Glawischnig – bass
Jordan Perlson – drums
w/ special guest Dave Liebman

Beat Kaestli Quartet (Jazzmandu 2012)
Beat Kaestli – voice
Ben Stivers – piano
Gary Wang – bass
Fred Kennedy – drums

KJ Denhert Band (Jazzmandu 2014)
KJ Denhert – voice, guitar
Manu Koch – piano
Leo Traversa – bass
Ray Levier – drums

Xiomara & Axel Laugart (Jazzmandu 2011)
Xiomara Laugart – voice
Axel laugart – piano
tba – bass
tba – percussion

Goonj Beyond Borders (performed with Navin Chettri in NYC 2014)
Jamie Baum – flute
Kenny Warren – trumpet
Matt Moran – vibraphone
Manu Koch – piano
Trifon Dimitrov – bass
Jordan Perlson – drums
w/ special guest Dave Liebman

Trio Urbano (Jazzmandu 2009)
Susan Pereira – voice, percussion
Jamie Baum – flute
Dario Eskenazi – piano
Leo Traversa – bass
Vanderlei Pereira – drums

Pawan Benjamin Group
Pawan Benjamin – bansoori, tenor saxophone
Sharik Hasan – piano
Michael Gam – bass
Peter Kronreif – drums
Raj Kapur – madal, dhol

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