Back in the early 1960's two
Mike and Malcolm started to 'jam' together. Word got around and soon
the two were regular fixtures at parties and
the odd school/ college/church functions.
Their repertoire comprised primarily of instrumentals by the Shadows
and Ventures but Malcolm also sang a song or two.
It was the age of the "beat" phenomena and the idea of forming
a Beat Group started to gain momentum.
It was Ashok Daryanani, Mike's childhood friend
who introduced the duo to Suresh Bhojwani.
So the duo became a trio with Mike on lead guitar,
Malcolm on rhythm guitar and backing vocals,
Suresh on lead vocals and bass and Ashok as Manager.
But something was missing. .........a drummer.
Then they heard about Napoleon 'Nappy "Braganza
a talented drummer who unfortunately had no drum set!
Then on a Sunday morning in April 1964,
they met Nappy outside Regal Cinema ...... and hit it off.
The Jets had arrived.
The Kirby's all chipped in. Darryl was the marketeer and costume
desiger and generally managed the groups promotion. Mike's late
father Joe made their guitars and their first drum set.
Then the gigs began -
Saturday nights at primarily at The Taj and the The Ambassador.
They performed at all of Bombay's top restaurants and auditoriums
including the grand Sharmukananda Hall.
Their popularity and fame spread and soon The Jets
did gigs in both Pune and Bangalore.
However their greatest tour was to Calcutta
where they performed at The Grand Hotel, Calcutta during the
vacations for a whopping Rs 3,000
with boarding and lodging thrown in.
As happens good things do end and The Jets had run it's course.
Malcolm needed to get his degree, Suresh had out grown the 'beat
music' and wanted to branch out by himself playing protest and folk
music which he liked, Nappy needed to finish his apprenticeship and
make an honest living, Ashok was already " managing " other
groups and organising shows and Mike's family was
migrating to New Zealand.
So the Jets called it a day with the 'Walk Don't Run' concert.