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Mrs. Doi, who is the teacher of traditional Japanese dance, took her daughter to a classical piano lesson when she was five years old. Of course it was the first June after her 5th birthday. Since there is a saying in Japan, that if you take your children to their first lessons in the first June after their fifth birthday, they will keep studying for a long time. Keiko loved her first piano lesson. So Mrs. Doi took her to the lessons every week, in rain or shine. Keiko was a good girl in school. She stood up for her friends when some bullies acted mean to them. She was elected as president of her class several times

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Baiju Bhatt: Eastern Sonata

Read "Eastern Sonata" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Is there a term for the opposite of culture shock? Whatever it is, it's also the guiding theme behind Baiju Bhatt and his Red Sun ensemble. Their studio debut, Eastern Sonata, is a figurative travelogue from start to finish, but there's nothing jarring or shocking about it. A conventional Western lineup (piano, bass/drums, saxophone) is led ...

Journey To The Heart

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Moving On; Carnival; The Edge of Twilight; Butterfly; Casablanca; Journey To The Heart; Havana Nights; New Beginning; Two Harbors; Blue Rose

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Keiko Matsui: Journey To The Heart

Read "Journey To The Heart" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Out of pain comes growth and in 2007, Keiko Matsui, emerged from a divorce, record label troubles, and embraced her new singularity by striking out in a bold new direction as she traveled to South Africa, paired up with trumpeter Hugh Masakela and the results gave birth to the adventurous Moyo, one of the brightest and ...

Live In Tokyo

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Dream Seeker‭; ‬Black Lion‭; ‬Forever Forever‭; ‬Caricias‭; ‬Proof‭; ‬Affirmation‭; ‬Soul Quest‭; ‬Safari‭; ‬Stingo‭; ‬Bridge Over the Stars‭; ‬Antarcia--A Call To Action‭; ‬A Night With Cha Cha‭; ‬Deep Blue

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Keiko Matsui: Live In Tokyo

Read "Live In Tokyo" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Most of the time releasing a live album is a good way to mark time between trips to the studio as they are quick and easy cash grabs where a musician sells the fans a cheap ticket to a show they weren't at. The Rolling Stones are masters of this slick tactic with no less than ...

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Stingo (Live in Tokyo)

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Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2015
Duration: 04:46

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Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake

Read "Take Five with Jayson Tipp / Under The Lake" reviewed by Under The Lake

About Jayson Tipp from Under The Lake: “Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how one reviewer describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says “doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's ...

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Keiko Matsui To Release "Live In Tokyo" CD/DVD October 2 Via Shanachie Entertainment

Keiko Matsui To Release "Live In Tokyo" CD/DVD October 2 Via Shanachie Entertainment

Concert Showcases Soul Quest, Her Most Recent Critically Acclaimed Studio Album Special Guests Include Guitarist Chuck Loeb and Saxophonists Kirk Whalum & Tom Braxton U.S. Tour October 9-November 15 Covers jny: Boston, Washington DC, jny: Cleveland, and jny: Seattle On October 2, Shanachie Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo, the definitive concert experience from contemporary jazz ...

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The Evolution Continues: Saxman Jackiem Joyner Releases "Evolve"

The Evolution Continues: Saxman Jackiem Joyner Releases "Evolve"

Sherman Oaks, CA: Genre-blurring saxophonist Jackiem Joyner stretches his R&B, jazz, hip-hop, funk and gospel alchemy to imaginative dimensions on Evolve, his fifth album that was released today by Artistry Music. With his sweet and sticky sax melodies and impassioned horn play front and center, Joyner’s intricate rhythms and audacious soundscapes are equally present day and ...


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