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Shigeki Kawahara

Japanese Smooth Jazz artist Shigeki Kawahara, you could say, is an internet success story that continues to be told. A very accomplished keyboardist/pianist, he began recording music in 1995 and released his first CD (and to date only full album) “Another World” in 2005. He had been doing music on the side while his day job as an economist takes him around the world. The convenience of the internet however, allowed him to release his music via the world wide web, catching the attention of FM DJs abroad. The album was an online success leading Shigeki to form the jazz trio TIG (Three In the Groove) with Toru Ishiwata (guitar) and Hiroki Ide (drums). Previews of their music can be heard online on his myspace and lastfm pages. Kawahara’s and TIG’s music is reminiscent of smooth jazz legends like Joe Sample, Bob James and FourPlay. (original review by “DJ Aki” of JIN Radio)

Shigeki Kawahara was born in Albany, New York, USA in 1960. One year later, he moved to Japan. He began learning the piano at age three.

In 1972, he bought an album of Quincy Jones named “Smackwater Jack”. This album turned him to Jazz music. It was really fascinating for him to listen to such rich and jazzy arrangement he had never listened to before. Ever since then, he became a long time big fan of Quincy. He learned many cool sounds of musical instruments such as Rhodes Electric piano, Mini Moog, Hammond B-3, Solina String Ensemble, and many more.

During his high school age, he joined a brass band where he had experiences in playing trumpets and saxophones. In that brass band, he became more like an arranger/ band leader than a horn player, practicing arrangement of bigband, and learning characteristics of different horn instruments. You can see, he was already a “Quincy-wanna-bee”.

In his first 3 years in college (1979-82), he was most active and busy as a keyboard and piano player mostly in live performance. He was playing with a 9-piece jazz/ fusion combo around 50 live sessions per year. At the time, Joe Sample and Herbie Hancock were (sure, they still are) his idle. “Rhodes Piano” was a main keyboard. Even now, Rhodes sound is a basic ingredient of his sound arrangement.

During 1979-1983, he had one regular place to play solo jazz piano. The place was a small cozy bar restaurant in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. Every Wednesday and Friday night, he played mellow standard jazz tunes there. A grand piano was placed in the very center of the restaurant and it was surrounded by a big bar table. He was playing almost face to face with the audience.

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"Jazz Devine" Features Shigeki Kawhara

"Jazz Devine" Features Shigeki Kawhara

Source: All About Jazz

Jazz music program “Jazz Devine" (every Sunday 8PM-10PM USA/EST) plans to feature music of Shigeki Kawhara.

The date and time of the 1 hour program fully featuring Shigeki Kawahara with interview will be anounced later.

Airing four songs this week: The Streamliner; Snap Out of It; Night Flight; and Jam of Q. Want to give listeners a preview. DJ Zse Zse

On air schedule is as the followings. January 18th, Sunday 08PM-10PM USA/EST January ...





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