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Tomas Fujiwara

Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of seven, he fell in love with music while listening to the classic drum battle record, Rich vs. Roach. After two years of studies with Joyce Kauffman, Tomas began an eight-year course of study with legendary drummer and educator, Alan Dawson. He has worked as a leader of and composer for various ensembles, as a sideman, as a composer for theatre, film, and dance, and as a teacher and clinician. With "a quiet energy that propels" (All About Jazz) and a style that is "both volatile and watchful" (New York Times), Tomas' "alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape" (New York Times). His current projects include: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara Duo (True Events, 482 Music, 2007, Upcoming release on Nottwo Records), The Thirteenth Assembly ((un)sentimental, Important Records, 2009), Taylor Ho Bynum Trio and Sextet (The Middle Picture, Firehouse 12, 2007, Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths, hatOLOGY, 2008, and Double Trio with the Stephen Haynes Trio, Engine Records, 2009), Matana Roberts' Mississippi Moonchile, Coin Coin, and Quartet (The Calling, Utech, 2006), Ideal Bread (Ideal Bread, KMB Jazz, 2008), The Throes (The Throes, CIMP, 2009), Matt Bauder's Day In Pictures, Positive Catastrophe (Garabatos Volume 1, Cuneiform Records, 2009), Red Baraat, Soo's Collage (Soo's Collage, Audioguy, 2006), Matt Welch's Blarvuster, Exegesis, and Aji No Moto. Tomas has performed at venues and festivals across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East including The Moers Festival, Jazz Em Agosto, Tampere Jazz Happening, Rochester Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Suoni Popolo Festival, Urlichsberg Festival, Taktos Festival, Umbrella Festival, and Vision Festival

Album

March

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pack Up, Coming For You; Life Only Gets More; Wave Shake and Angle Bounce; The March and the Storm Before the Quiet of the Dance; Docile Fury Ballad; Silhouettes in Smoke; For Alan, Part II.

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Roger Lewis, Gordon Grdina, Nick Dunston & O' Canada!

Read "Roger Lewis, Gordon Grdina, Nick Dunston & O' Canada!" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Hour one of this episode lands on New Orleans for a taste of new albums by the veteran saxophonist Roger Lewis's debut as a leader and poet Don Paul with a great band. Polish keyboardist Kamil Piotrowski was in NYC for the recent Jazztopad Festival, collaborating with locals, but I've got his latest Polish release to ...

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Taylor Ho Bynum, Manhattan Transfer, Andrew Hill and others

Read "Taylor Ho Bynum, Manhattan Transfer, Andrew Hill and others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features music from a wide range of artists including Taylor Ho Bynum, Nicole Mitchell, Andrew Hill and Manhattan Transfer among others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Kenny Wessel Quartet “Bone Dance" from ...

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Ron Miles and Other Trumpeters plus Others

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This show features several trumpet players with an emphasis on the late Ron Miles. There are also other musicians heard on the program such as Mark Turner, Jason Moran and Gordon Grdina. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomasz Dabrowski, James Singleton & Dave Gisler

Read "Tomasz Dabrowski, James Singleton & Dave Gisler" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Like most Polish trumpet players influenced by the late Tomasz Stanko, Tomasz Dabrowski fell heavily under Stanko's spell, but he also was blessed to study with the master and to have him as a mentor. It was probably a huge thrill to be able to play one of Stanko's horns while recording his latest, Tomasz Dabrowski ...

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Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March

Read "March" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is the second release by drummer and vibraphonist Tomas Fujiwara's unique double trio with himself and Gerald Cleaver on drums, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitar and Taylor Ho Bynum and Ralph Alessi on brass, a group that can be configured as two trios, three pairs of instruments or something in between. The sound ...

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The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes

Read "The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


With only one opportunity left to program some music to recognize Black History Month, I decided to dedicate the last hour music by some of the great Black musicians making their own history (Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and Graham Haynes & Oliver Lake of OGJB) and The Gathering: Roots And Branches of Los ...

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New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More

Read "New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we feature new releases from Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara, and, Matheiu Robert & Mario Ganua. In between some other recent material and to close a live cut of Noah Howard in 1975 on a European tour.Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Boris Koslov “Flow" from First Things First (Posi-tone) 0:46 ...

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Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Read "Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Tomas Fujiwara's one of the most respected drummers in the creative scene, and his new release with Triple Double reinforces that. March is a must-have for 2022. The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the leading large ensemble, and their new Last Dance is a gem too. One of the hottest people around is saxophonist James Brandon ...


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