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Noel Okimoto


Live in Hawaii

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: My Shining Hour; Cat City Samba; Blues in the Closet; Star Eyes; Bossa Don; Lester Leaps In; Stranger in Paradise.


Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Live in Hawaii

Read "Live in Hawaii" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here is a guitar-led quartet with a couple of fresh angles. First, instead of using a piano, guitarist Doug MacDonald has enlisted vibraphonist Noel Okimoto to provide the harmonic counterpoint; and second, Philadelphia-born MacDonald has temporarily forsaken his decades-long base in Southern California to return “home" to Hawaii, where he began his professional career performing with ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project

Read "Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Harp happenings are relatively rare in jazz, but they are there. And when two highly agreeable and strikingly different harp-centric affairs appear on your doorstep around the same time, it really makes you stop and take notice of the instrument, its potential, and the players who are moving it forward and outward in various directions. Both ...


News: Recording

Rhythm Summit, an East West Collaborative Project, Releases Debut CD

Rhythm Summit, an East West Collaborative Project, Releases Debut CD

Featuring: Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba, Kenny Endo—Release Date: August 17, 2010 Rhythm Summit, a unique collaboration bringing together the artistry and musicality of world-class musicians Kenny Endo (taiko drums, bamboo flute, percussion), Noel Okimoto (trap drums, vibes, marimba, percussion), and Dean Taba (bass, kalimba), announces the release of its first CD, Rhythm Summit. Endo, Okimoto, and ...


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