Gonsalves Mansion came alive with a truly wonderful concert performed by Jazz greats in aid of Goa ’s jazz vocalist Belinda Oliviera, who was suffering from cancer.
It was a star-studded evening with India ’s best and brightest jazz musicians who gave from their hearts. The concert opened with a delightful performance by the band Blue Note Ensemble made up of musicians like Lester Godinho, Anthony Fernandes, Michael Godinho, Susan Rocha and others. Among the greats were Braz Gonsalves, Frank Dubier, Carlos Gonsalves, Yvonne Gonsalves, Sonia Saigal, Helen Loiuse Jones and Louis Banks. The concert was packed to overflowing with jazz enthusiasts of all nationalities.
The open air sit-down table arrangement lent a unique American street Jazz ambience to the evening. Then the rains came down and quite a number enjoyed both the music and the rains. While some wise souls brought umbrellas, others turned the plastic lawn chairs and plastic bags into rainwear, while others soaked in the rain and the music. They refused to leave the venue and the musicians continued giving even better and better performances as the night wore on.
Finally virtuoso pianist Louis Banks wound up the evening and it was easy to see why he is the most sought after music composer of jingles and audio visuals in the country.
There was also a small art exhibition of paintings by some of Goa ’s best known artists like Mohan Naik, Harshada Kerkar, Sonia Rodrigues and Suhas Shilkar. An evening to remember.