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The Music Man

NEW YORK — These days, it seems if you’re Indian, you’re in. Bollywood’s recent inroads into mainstream America have helped nudge other South Asians into the foreground, as well. Sunny Jain, a good-looking, 27-year-old drummer,...

He keeps a busy schedule outside the collective, as well, playing solo gigs or with other musicians. He’s currently in the studio with Dave Cook, ’NSync’s keyboardist, for a separate recording, and he will be traveling to South Africa in October as jazz ambassador for a joint music program through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of State.

Jain’s parents are from New Delhi, but they moved to the U.S. to raise their three children in Rochester, N.Y. American-born Sunny is the youngest. He says they weren’t averse to him making noise while practicing every day and were more interested in their children being involved in different activities. "If anything, they were atypical Indian parents living in a Western culture," he says. "They were so hip to me going into music." He then adds, though, that his brother and sister are both doctors.
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