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Masa Ishikawa

Originally from Fukushima Japan, Masayoshi Ishikawa grew up in a city called Aizu Wakamatsu. Throughout his primary and secondary school years, Ishikawa actively participated in several choirs. He came to the United States in 2003 to begin his formal musical training in Seattle Washington, where he first found his passion for piano and the art of jazz. As a pianist, Ishikawa has performed at many jazz festivals/concerts including Italy, China and the United States. He was chosen to perform as one of the five finalists for 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Ishikawa enjoys interacting and cultivating meaningful relationships with listeners and other musicians through performing music. As equal to his dedication to jazz performance, Ishikawa is passionate about crafting music with various instrumentations


Emiliano Lasansky

Emiliano Lasansky is a jazz musician, bassist, composer and educator currently based in New York City. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Emiliano is the grandson of artist Mauricio Lasansky and was born into a family of visual artists. From an early age he spent much time in his families’ studios surrounded by their art. Emiliano began on violin and electric bass at a young age, but switched to upright bass as his interest in jazz grew. After graduating from Iowa City West High, Emiliano attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he studied with professor Jeff Campbell


New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - 2015 Summer Tour & New CD! June 10 - August 17

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - 2015 Summer Tour & New CD!  June 10 - August 17

New CD Release: July 7th A Fine Romance" featuring Alia Shawkat—Get It Now On Indiegogo On June 10th the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys left the Big Easy for their tour of the U.S. and Europe. During the tour, the band will be releasing an album recorded earlier this year with actress Alia Shawkat. The new release—A ...


Iowa City Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 in 2015

Iowa City Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 in 2015

Over the past 12 or more years, I've made it to most of the Iowa City Jazz Festivals. And each time I did not attend, I kicked myself for weeks. It only takes me five hours to drive south from jny: Minneapolis to jny: Iowa City. My 90+ year-old-parents still live there so I have free ...


Fulfilling Graduation Requirement, Ui Saxophone Student's CD is Opening Ears

Fulfilling Graduation Requirement, Ui Saxophone Student's CD is Opening Ears

Fulfilling graduation requirement, UI saxophone student's CD is opening ears Programming directors and on-air personalities at jazz radio stations keep their ears open for exciting new work in the ongoing stream of new CD releases. When they hear something fresh, they share the music with their listeners. One of the recent CD's to catch their attention ...


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