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Yayoi Ikawa

Pianist and composer Yayoi Ikawa, originally from Tokyo, Japan, has been living and working in New York City for a decade. Her trio and quartet was featured on a historic nation- wide Japanese radio program Session 2008 as well as on the leading Internet radio station jjazz.net.

Yayoi expressed her sincere feeling for her roots in Japan and Asia by integrating Japanese Folk melodies into her liberating performance style on her pieces “Motherland” and “Folk Song.”

Yayoi also dedicated the composition “Peace Requiem” to a Japanese journalist killed in Myanmar 2007 and “Dear Asia” to the tragic earthquake happened in Sumatera 2004.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 4-11, 2017 In celebration of International Women's Day, Wednesday's concert featured all bands led by women, a first for the festival. Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana kicked off the show. Although not literally--she explained ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Sun, January 29, 2017 2:30 PM- 5:00 PM EST The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 58 West 129th Street New York, NY 10027 Featuring: Howard Johnson: baritone saxophone, tuba, penny whistle; Yayoi Ikawa: piano; Melissa Slocum: bass; Newman Taylor Baker: drums. Testimony includes eight tunes ranging from soulful to funky ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Carvin Experience: Flash Forward

Read "Flash Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In 2006, oft-unsung drummer Michael Carvin broke a decade-long silence as a leader on record, releasing one of the strongest dates of his career through Marsalis Music's Honor Series. Fast-forward eight years and you have Flash Forward, another quartet-based album that stands as a testament to Carvin's skills as drummer, bandleader, and musical catalyst.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael Carvin: The Making of a Master

Read "Michael Carvin: The Making of a Master" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

With a career that spans half a century, master drummer Michael Carvin has plenty to look back on, although he's mostly a forward-looking man. To say he's been prolific puts it mildly. By his own count, he's made some 250 recordings and toured the world five times. He has worked with such major jazz luminaries as ...

Color of Dreams

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2005


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