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Watch Snarky Puppy’s Shaun Martin Sit-In With The Main Squeeze In NOLA

first_imgLast week, The Main Squeeze was posted up in the Big Easy, joining the other hundreds of musicians who flocked to the city for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. On May 3rd, the band took to Blue Nile, to celebrate the festival and the city. During their performance, as is the Jazz Fest way, a special guest came out and joined them — Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy — sitting in on keys for part of their performance.The Main Squeeze,Spafford, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaToday, The Main Squeeze just released a video of this collaboration via their “Squeeze Cam,” giving us folks a chance to see part of their performance from the stage looking out at the crowd. You can check out the video of Shaun Martin’s sit-in below.last_img read more

Exclusive: Viswanathan Anand slams critics, says ‘I like playing and that’s it’

first_imgWhen you have been a world No.1 for an extended period of time, a multiple times chess champion, called ‘Lightening Kid’ for your rapid chess prowess and been awarded the nation’s second highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan, calls for retirement from all and sundry over a slump in form can be frustrating. They can also be potentially distracting with age catching up.It is in this light that India’s chess genius, Viswanathan Anand calls his recent World Rapid Chess Championship win at Riyadh as ‘huge’ at this stage of his career. He also went on to finish with bronze in the blitz event, two days later and seems to have found his rhythm back, reminding us during the course of an  interview, how his rankings in these formats have jumped.In an exclusive chat with India Today, Anand revealed his next challenge is to not lose focus and ‘remember everything is not solved’. ExcerptsQ. Would it be fair to say, if you had not won here, it would have been so much more demoralising given the slump in form? If true, how significant a win is this at this stage of your career?A. It’s huge. The nice thing about the last two world championship events that I have won – candidates in 2014 and this one is that they were so unexpected. They came when I was at such a low point. And in both the cases it was not as if I was giving up, I was just thinking how do I come back and get back to where I once was. I was plotting it across several months and than at the first shot you get it. So the emotional boost, the boost to my morale, you cannot even describe.advertisementIn fact, I almost have the opposite problem now, to remember not everything has been solved and whatever issues were there are still there and I have to continue working exactly like I would have if I had not won these two events. But I can’t describe, after four years to be World Champion again and to have that as part of your title again is great. So just a fantastic feeling.Q. Has this victory after this slump in form taught you anything about the dry phase? Do you think all the retirement talk distract you somewhere subconsciously?A. Look there are all sorts of thoughts going in your head and you can’t quantify which is going where. So you know, retirement is out there. I don’t mean amongst others but that everybody has to retire at some point.But on the contrary I would say after my recent failures, this year I was more determined than ever to try and get a couple of good results. After St Louis, I told myself I really want to do well in rapid chess again; how do I start practicing that again and how do I figure out why my rapid chess has struggled as compared to my classical.So right now it’s not like I am proving a point or anything. For me it was always obvious that I would continue and before I had a chance to figure anything out I won. So I have no idea what I did right. As I mentioned if I want to do this consistently I am going to have to try and address what happens earlier in the year. One thing I would say is its good to do it in a euphoric state of mind than to do it when you are down and trying to figure out what happened. So it’s nicer to do it now but I still have to do it.Q. Gary Kasparov did tell you that you should dedicate this win to those who thought it was time for you to go.A. Yes. But I am kind of fed up of having this imaginary conversation with this straw man. There are few people out there but I also have quite a few people out there who write to me to say that they are happy that I am continuing to play and they enjoy my chess and at the end of the day that’s what means the most that what you do is of value to someone. So I am not going to keep having this conversation with these so called critics. I like playing and that’s it.Q. How much has this win renergized you? How do you now look at the future?advertisementA. I am just extremely happy right now. It gives you a huge push and motivation to be World Champion again. And by the way I am now fifth in the ranking in rapid chess. I was like below 20 and now I am fifth. In blitz as well my rating has shot up. Now I need to address the classical part of it which has dropped. So there is always some challenge. But these are the moments you live for.last_img read more

Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition Shastri

first_imgCoolidge (Antigua): The reappointed Ravi Shastri says his primary endeavour will be facilitating a smooth transition by the time he leaves the scene. There will also be room for experimentation, he said, as the team looks to leave a lasting legacy. Shastri, 57, was on Friday reappointed for a second term. As per BCCI’s constitution, the national team’s head coach has to be below 60 years, the age Shastri will be approaching by the time his current tenure ends. The 2023 World Cup still a long way and winning 2021 World T20 is the realistic goal for the team. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Next two years is to see that smooth transition happens because you will get a lot of youngsters coming, especially into the white ball setup. There will be youngsters coming into the Test match setup as well,” Shastri told BCCI tv. “You will need to identify another three-four bowlers to add to the pool, those are the challenges. So that the team, at the end of our tenure, in 26 months, my endeavour would be to leave the team in a happier place. So that they can leave a legacy for the time to come,” the former India all-rounder said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe wants the team to leave the kind of legacy that future generations would find it difficult look to emulate. “I had the belief that this team could leave a legacy very few teams have left behind in years to come, not just for the moment they are playing but at the end of it all… the kind of legacy other teams going down decades will want to try and emulate. “That is the desire, we are on track. There is always room for improvement. And with youth coming in through the ranks, I think it’s very exciting time. When you strive for excellence and you strive to raise the bar day in, day out, then you got to pay attention to that detail. When you do mess up, you have an off day, don’t let that day go by, in fact, make sure that you are focussing and concentrating on how you can get over that barrier,” he said. Shastri, who had the public backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the short-listing was initiated, has been reappointed for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. Among all the candidates, Shastri’s record was unmatched as the team reached the No.1 ranking in Test matches under his guidance and won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years, besides decent success in the limited overs format. “It’s been superbly consistent if you look at the performance over the last two-three years. But like I said that is the bar they have set and now it’s up to them to raise the bar,” Shastri assessed the team’s performance in the last two years. “There is no other way, they have to. Unless you make those efforts, even at the cost of certain results, you will not know what your best setup is. There is a time when you got to invest in getting youth into the side in ensuring that you have better combinations, you are better kept all-round.” Shastri stressed on the improvements the current setup has made in fielding. “On thing that is most important is that over the last four-five years the biggest improvement is fielding and the endeavour is to make this the best fielding side in the world. “So it is a clear diktat to whoever wants to play for this team the standards of that particular player’s fielding will have to be of the highest level, especially in white ball cricket.” “Collectively, looking at the coaches, the players, the team management the endeavour is to keep this consistency going and try and take it to another level.” He also thanked the three-member committee led by Kapil Dev along with Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad for showing faith in him for another term.last_img read more