Sunny Jain — an Indian-American whose brass-and-drums band, Red Baraat, performs in Atlanta this week — grew up living two lives.
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Red Baraat and Sunny Jain, featuring Jain on dhol and lead vocals, Rohin Khemani on percussion, Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Arun Luthra on soprano sax, Mike Bomwell on baritone sax, Sonny Singh on trumpet, MiWi La Lupa on bass trumpet and John Altieri on sousaphone; 8 p.m., Saturday, March 2, Rialto Center for the Arts; tickets: $39.72 to $69.64; 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, 30303; information: 404-413-9849; www.rialtocenter.org/
The Rialto also presents dance, classical music and educational events, but has a strong presence in the world music and jazz genres.
Among the world music and jazz performances scheduled at the Rialto this spring are the following:
Dianne Reeves, a four-time Grammy-winner, has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has served as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first-ever creative chair for jazz; Saturday, March 16.
Known to American audiences by his jazz pop hit “Grazing in the Grass,” which hit No. 1 in 1968, trumpet and flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela was reintroduced to the U.S. in the 1980s while touring with Paul Simon. A timeless jazz musician who adds a South African lilt to his interpretations, Masekela’s name is synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement; Saturday, April 6
Extraordinarily fluent clarinetist Eddie Daniels often devotes time to both Mozart and Miles in his concerts, and will be performing jazz and classical music, with the Georgia State University Jazz Band, under the direction of Gordon Vernick; Friday, April 12.
Maestros in Concert
Maestros in Concert brings together Zakir Hussain, a master of North Indian percussion, and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, one of the great players of the santoor, a 100-stringed Kashmiri folk instrument; Saturday, April 13.
Expect Latin jazz from Tiempo Libre, a Miami-based septet of Cuban emigres playing the high-energy “timba” music of their home country; Saturday, April 27.