I think I wrote #Tumble in 2012 when I was feeling creative. @Aman_Mahajan created some wonderful accompaniment for my melody and words and we’ve been performing this song over and over from #Bangalore to #Bucharest and in between. This is a version with @TomokoOhnoFarnham who lives in #NewJersey and who always adds her own twist […]

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/Centre for Herpetology is run by some people, whose people (Neel Chattopadhyay, Arundhati Chattopadhyaya) I love very, very much. So when they asked me to write a song, well it kinda just slithered out of me. Aman Mahajan caught it in the nick of time and gave it some juice. The […]

Aman Mahajan & Radha Thomas, Summertime Possibly one of the most covered songs in the English-singing world, #Summertime is a #jazz and #blues classic. In #2034 it will be 100 years old. I may not be around then, so I figured I’d do my version of it while I still can. Actually @amanmahajan_ and I […]

I first heard #BornToBeBlue sung by #HelenMerrill on an album which featured #CliffordBrown. I listened to that album hundreds of times and I know every single song on it. Until I heard Helen Merrill (in the mid 70s) I think I’d thought that jazz had to be sung at top volume with heavy duty dynamics […]

#IfIShouldLoseYou made its debut in the 1936 film #RoseOfTheRancho. The movie did not receive an auspicious review, #CliveHirschhorn in his book, #TheHollywoodMusical, describes the movie version as an, “uneasy mix of operetta and low comedy.” But It’s really quite a beautiful song. Both melody and lyric. And so it’s not surprising that it’s been covered […]

What an amazing body of work from just one man #AntonioCarlosJobim. This is one of his not so well-known songs called #DoubleRainbow. It started off by being an instrumental piece named #ChildrensGames when Jobim first wrote it. And yes, you can hear it in the playful melody. It was first recorded by the fabled Brazilian […]

Jazz has taught me a lot of things. Including the word ‘threnody’ which means ‘lament.’ It’s not a word I’d have come across if I hadn’t wanted to sing this song. #IRememberClifford is an instrumental jazz threnody written by jazz tenor saxophonist #BennyGolson in memory of #CliffordBrown with lyrics by the master #vocalese exponent #JonHendricks. […]

#PolkaDotsandMoonbeams was published first in 1940, that’s 80 years ago. And it became a huge hit for #FrankSinatra. The music was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It’s also one of the world’s top 100 recorded jazz tunes. So naturally, I wanted to try it. I’ve never sung a song to […]