"But I really incorporated all the styles of music I grew up with in this band," he said. "I grew up with rock n' roll, hip hop and jazz. These are all key components for what we do."
The music fits together. Punjabi rhythms, he said, has some similarity to swing. Red Baraat's music shares a similar buoyancy to New Orleans brass music.
"All of that music from the African diasporas fits in with the music of the South Asian diasporas," he said.
Red Baraat is a fairly large musical ensemble, boasting nine players, but Jain said the point was never to create a big jazz band or even a jazz brass band with Indian rhythms.
"The goal was to create something reflective of my identity as an Indian-American."
So the band is a mix of players reflecting very diverse backgrounds playing a mix of instruments from both the East and West.
Jain said, "I was pretty specific about not just getting a bunch of jazz musicians -- that was my scene -- but I was trying to look beyond that so I could get different musical flavors and voices."
The musical fusion of Red Baraat has excited critics and crowds all over the country. The band has played clubs, concerts and festivals, including Bonnaroo earlier this month, and performed at the White House.
"We didn't play for the president," he said. "But we did play in his house as part of a philanthropic meeting of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
"It was still pretty cool."
Saturday's performers for Wine & All That Jazz are the Steve Himes Connection, 2 p.m.; Dugan Carter, 3:30 p.m.; the Bob Thompson Unit, 5 p.m.; Christian McBride & Inside Straight, 6:40 p.m. and Red Baraat, 8:30 p.m.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.
The River Queen will make trips between Haddad Riverfront Park and the University of Charleston during Blues, Brews & BBQ on Friday and Wine & All That Jazz on Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children. You must have purchased or be willing to buy event tickets to exit at UC.
Leave Haddad: 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
Leave UC: 7:45, 9:15 and 11 p.m.
Leave Haddad: 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
Leave UC: 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 and 10:30 p.m.