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Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection

Read "Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2

In Part 1 of Big in Japan we looked at the early history of jazz music in that country--a history that dates back to the same time frame as the Jazz Age in the United States. The influence of American dance music was indisputable but it came to Japan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zem Audu: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Zem Audu was born in Nigeria and raised in England before pursuing his musical career in New York City. Along the way, Audu has developed a musical sound that blends his cultural influences to express a musical style that is an amalgamation of: Contemporary jazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, Caribbean rhythms and funk grooves. Audu's album Spirits, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Etienne Charles: San José Suite

Read "San José Suite" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

Whenever Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and composer Etienne Charles releases an album, it is an event. In this case, it is his latest opus, the ten-part San José Suite--soon to be performed live in Trinidad and Tobago for the first time on November 20. [The album was released in the US in June 2016 and debuted live ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform August 8, 2015 at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in jny: San Jose, CA, and will precede the festival appearance with an August 6 concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Blue Note Records recording artist, features bassist Yoshi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Inner Dialogue

Read "Inner Dialogue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trying to categorize or label vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a futile pursuit. Is she a hypnotic modern jazz vocalist? Is she a neo-soul experimentalist with jazz and R&B inflections oozing from her vocal cords? Is she an incredible talent, bewitching and beguiling with her every vocal gesture? Is she all of that, yet something completely ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Blues Alley In Washington, DC, March 30

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Blues Alley In Washington, DC, March 30

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 30, 2015 at Blues Alley in jny: Washington, DC. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, features bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis. Ms. Yamanaka’s performance, part of Blues Alley’s Japanese Jazz Series, marks her return to Blues Alley after her well-received debut ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In New York City, March 9

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In New York City, March 9

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 9, 2015 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, NY. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, features bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kush Abadey. Ms. Yamanaka’s group will perform two sets, at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Dizzy’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Art Hirahara: Libations & Meditations

Read "Libations & Meditations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Art Hirahara's latest release on the Posi-Tone label is, as the title implies, music to drink in and think in. It's a collection of aural offerings tied to Hirahara's experiences coping with the loss of his father, but it's not a somber program. In fact, quite the opposite. The first three numbers--a brief, up-tempo display ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tarek Yamani: Lisan Al Tarab

Read "Lisan Al Tarab" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist Tarek Yamani's second release Lisãn Al Tarab is a sublime and innovative exploration of the common ground between Jazz and Arabic musical heritage. The title loosely translates as “Language of the Music" although there is no equivalent word to tarab in English. Tarab is the unique concept of music fused with its ecstatic, emotional impact, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 31 At Blues Alley In Washington, DC

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 31 At Blues Alley In Washington, DC

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 31 at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. The concert is part of the Emerging Japanese Jazz Artist Series and is presented in association with the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The trio, led by dazzling jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, features ...



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