John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain, Is That So?

Painting a serenity and commitment to the beyond and a force greater than ourselves: English guitarist John McLaughlin's explorations in Indian and Western musical traditions are decades long and continue with Indian vocalist Shankar Mahadevan and …

Published: 17 Mar 2020. Updated: 3 days.

Painting a serenity and commitment to the beyond and a force greater than ourselves: English guitarist John McLaughlin's explorations in Indian and Western musical traditions are decades long and continue with Indian vocalist Shankar Mahadevan and tabla icon Zakir Hussain who goes back with McLaughlin to his 1970s Shakti days.

Six compositions are shaped around are the spiritual sounds of the South Indian Bhajan traditions and there is something very inspiring about the pervasive atmosphere and mood created and is utterly unique in its intensity and power. Experience this today. Simply a thrill.

John McLaughlin photo, Bandcamp.

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Vortex and Crazy Coqs suspend their programmes. The Bristol jazz and blues festival is also off

Two London clubs announce that they are now closed given the current Coronavirus crisis. An upcoming festival, in Bristol, also announces that it won't now take place. In a COVID-19 statement the Vortex club directors announce: ''In the light of the …

Published: 17 Mar 2020. Updated: 8 months.

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Two London clubs announce that they are now closed given the current Coronavirus crisis. An upcoming festival, in Bristol, also announces that it won't now take place.

In a COVID-19 statement the Vortex club directors announce: ''In the light of the latest announcement by the Prime Minister on 16 March about Coronavirus, we have decided that the club is CLOSED until further notice – hopefully not too long. So all gigs are cancelled'' Piccadilly venue Crazy Coqs has also closed. ''All shows at Crazy Coqs in March and April have been cancelled due to current global circumstances. All shows from May will continue as planned for now.'' the venue indicates. Vortex, above. pic: marlbank

Festivals are also affected. This month's Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival is also off. The official festival announcement notes: ''It is with much regret that the producers of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival have taken the decision to postpone the event. The restrictions of travel have already impacted on our artists, but more importantly we have a duty of care to our audiences and performers.''

• The weekly Monday jazz night at the Oxford pub in Kentish town the organisers say ''will be taking a pause for the foreseeable future.''