The award-winning trumpeter Dominick Farinacci performing during the Jazz at Lincoln Center events. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National
The award-winning trumpeter Dominick Farinacci performing during the Jazz at Lincoln Center events. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

Jazz at Lincoln Center brings three nights of cool breezes to the capital



After launching its first international extension in Doha, Jazz at Lincoln Center spread some of its New York cool to the capital last week.

In collaboration with The St Regis Abu Dhabi, the American musical institution, which is led by the trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, hosted a three-day festival at the hotel on the Corniche with a series of performances to suit all tastes.

It kicked off on Wednesday with an exquisite midnight supper (which actually began at 9pm) that laid on fine dining accompanied by some wonderful tunes.

The evening started with a four-course meal in the dazzling Abu Dhabi suite on the 48th floor – the Wagyu beef was a standout – before guests were ushered downstairs to the St Regis Bar for a loose and intimate set by the trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, the vocalist Gregory Generet and the marimba player Christian Tamburr.

Beginning with an elegant solo take of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World, Farinacci then introduced the band who jumped straight into a selection of jazz standards. The highlight was Generet's deeply expressive take on What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?

After a family day on Thursday, where children gathered at the hotel to have a go at playing some instruments and get musical tips from the maestros, the stage was set yesterday for some more classic jazz on a breezy night at the Nation Riviera Beach Club, the exclusive leisure venue across the road from the hotel.

About 100 guests enjoyed the four-hour extravaganza, which again included dinner. Generet got the evening started with a soulful rendition of George Gershwin's Summertime, again accompanied by the talented Farinacci.

Also performing were several members of the Doha Phil­harmonic Orchestra and visiting New York musicians on violin, piano, bass and vibraphone. Together they delivered a rousing set mixing classics, blues and even pop songs – an instrumental version of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was tastefully delivered.

The night – and the event – finished in style with festival encore of What a Wonderful World, this time with Generet on vocals. His vocal depth and charisma breathed new life into the old classic.

Judging by the quality and atmosphere on display, the inaugural Jazz at St Regis was an unqualified success – here’s hoping for a follow-up.

With additional reporting by Rosemary Behan

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5. Pascal Ackermann (GER) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:12

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The flights 

Etihad and Emirates fly direct to Kolkata from Dh1,504 and Dh1,450 return including taxes, respectively. The flight takes four hours 30 minutes outbound and 5 hours 30 minute returning. 

The trains

Numerous trains link Kolkata and Murshidabad but the daily early morning Hazarduari Express (3’ 52”) is the fastest and most convenient; this service also stops in Plassey. The return train departs Murshidabad late afternoon. Though just about feasible as a day trip, staying overnight is recommended.

The hotels

Mursidabad’s hotels are less than modest but Berhampore, 11km south, offers more accommodation and facilities (and the Hazarduari Express also pauses here). Try Hotel The Fame, with an array of rooms from doubles at Rs1,596/Dh90 to a ‘grand presidential suite’ at Rs7,854/Dh443.

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Investment stage: Series A
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