Carlton Kitto

Carlton Kitto (c. 1942 – 28 November 2016) was a Bebop jazz guitarist from Kolkata, India.[1][2][3][4] He was born in Bangalore, where he started working in the railways in his early days.[4] Kitto later started his music career in Chennai in the 1960s.[3] He moved to Kolkata in 1973 and became a part of the band Jazz Ensemble in Moulin Rogue, an upscale restaurant in Park Street, Kolkata.[2][4] After two years he started playing in another restaurant named Mocambo in the same locality. He was a teacher of jazz and classical guitar at the Calcutta School of Music and also performed in some of the restaurants and pubs, such as the Chowringhee Bar, Trincas, Blue Fox and Someplace Else in Kolkata.[2][2][5] Kitto had the distinction of playing along with other legendary jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, David Leibman, Larry Coryell, Chico Freeman and Charlie Byrd. He died on 28 November 2016 at the age of 74 after a long illness.[6]


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