Don't miss the captivating Indian Jazz Journey at Stanford Jazz Festival! Join renowned vocalist Mahesh Kale and jazz saxophonist George Brooks on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at Stanford University campus, for a mesmerizing blend of ragas and rhythms from Indian classical music with soulful jazz improvisation.
Mesmerizing Indian jazz fusion

Indian Jazz Journey featuring Mahesh Kale and George Brooks

Sunday, June 23

4:00 p.m.

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

SJW Members: $54 | $44 | Child (17 and under) & Student (w/ valid student ID card) $12

Non-members: $62 | $56 | Child (17 and under) & Student (w/ valid student ID card) $18

Ticket prices include all fees; what you see is what you pay.

Programs, personnel, venues, and pricing subject to change without notice.


Mahesh Kale, vocals
George Brooks, saxophone
Selvaganesh Vinayakram, percussion
Frank Martin, piano
Kai Eckhardt, bass
Scott Amendola, drums

This performance is co-presented with the Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation (www.icmafoundation.org).

About Indian Jazz Journey featuring Mahesh Kale and George Brooks

“Mahesh Kale is not just a singer, he is an emotion weaver.” —Times of India

“His voice is powerful and expressive, and his music is a beautiful blend of tradition and innovation.”—KQED

“[Brooks] reflects the soul and character of Indian classical music . . . with a spontaneous spirit and a load of melodic spice . . .  a divine treat.”—All About Jazz

An incredibly popular annual jazz event, Indian Jazz Journey with Mahesh Kale and George Brooks is a captivating encounter between Indian classical and Western jazz musical traditions. Renowned vocalist Mahesh Kale, beloved for the intense beauty of his expressive voice, blends the intricate ragas and rhythms of Indian classical music with the improvisational spirit of jazz. His musical collaborator is George Brooks, whose soulful saxophone and deep understanding of Indian music create a dynamic dialogue between the two genres. Joining Mahesh and George is Grammy-winning percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram, who is beloved for his amazing work with John McLaughlin in Shakti.

This unique collaboration — augmented by amazing guest performers from both traditions — creates a tapestry of sound that is both familiar and unexpected. Kale’s vocals soar over the rhythmic landscape provided by traditional Indian instruments and jazz rhythm section, incorporating improvisation and transporting listeners to a world where cultures seamlessly blend. Expect mesmerizing sounds, captivating melodies, and a deeply personal connection forged between the artists and the audience.

Each year, this performance is more than just a concert; It’s a journey of discovery, pushing the boundaries of musical expression and offering a glimpse into the boundless possibilities that arise when artists from different musical traditions with open hearts come together.

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