Upcoming Gigs Aug 26 – Sept 7

2014年8月25日 / Category:Entry

There are some great looking shows coming up the next few weeks.

Sukiyaki Tokyo at WWW in Shibuya, Tue 8/26-28

Jupiter & Okwess International film screening & mini-live at the French Institute Iidabashi Wed 8/27

Michiyo Yagi & Tamaya Honda at Koendori Classics Fri 8/29

Michiyo Yagi & Ned Rothenberg at Lady Jane Sat 8/30

Ab Baars, Hisao Fukushima and Kenichi Matsumoto at Dzumi 8/31

Christian McBride Big Band at Motion Blue 9/5-6

Jazz Art Sengawa 2014 9/6-7

Tokyo Jazz Festival 2014 


Aug 24th, 2014 Playlist

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‘She Caught The Katy & Left Me A Mule To Ride’ – Taj Majal, album The Real Thing (USA)

‘Stop Feu Rouge’ – Nyboma &  Madilu System ,album Stop Feu Rouge (D.R. Congo)

‘Nuages’ – Django Reinhardt, album Djangology – The Gypsy Genius (France)

‘Ndibonsiwe’ – Bongeziwe Mabandla, album Umlilo (South Africa)

‘The Shade Of The Cedar Tree’  - Christian McBride Big Band, album The Good Feeling (USA)

‘A Taste Of Honey’  - Christian McBride Big Band, album The Good Feeling (USA)

Album Pick Of The Week: Dave Holland Quartet – Conference Of The Birds

‘Four Winds’, ‘Conference Of The Birds’, ‘Interception’

‘Simbo’ – Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, album In The Heart Of The Moon (Mali)

Sukiyaki in the Japan Times

2014年8月21日 / Category:Entry

Read my article on the Sukiyaki Meets The World festival here at the Japan Times website.

Aug 17th, 2014 Playlist

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‘Three For The Festival’ - Rahsaan Roland Kirk, album We Free Kings (USA)

‘Bikini Girl’ - The Mighty Sparrow, album The Calypso Genius Vol.1 (Trinidad & Tobago)

‘French Connection’ – Lee Perry, album Complete UK Upsetter Singles Volume 4 (Jamaica)

‘Public Enemy Number One’ – Max Romeo, album Complete UK Upsetter Singles Volume 4 (Jamaica)

‘Bapasi’ – Jupiter & Okwess International, album Hotel Univers (DR Congo)

‘Bakwapanu’ – Jupiter & Okwess International, album Hotel Univers (DR Congo)

‘Seu’ – Mayra Andrade, album Storia (Cape Verde)

‘El Corazon’ – Fujimoto Kazuma, album My Native Land (Japan)

‘Total Eclipse’ – Bobby Hutcherson, album Total Eclipse (USA)

‘Mood’ – Miles Davis, album E.S.P. (USA)



Jazz Trading Cards

2014年8月14日 / Category:Entry

Check out these beautiful jazz trading cards by artist/illustrator Ron Bucalo. I want to get the Blues set when they come out as well. Marsbeat Studios  are doing great work in helping to preserve and promote real American music. Make a donation here before their time runs out for fund-raising!



Aug 10th, 2014 Playlist

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‘Mouhamadou Bamba’ – Orchestra Baobab, album Bamba (Senegal)

‘Message of Hope’ – Derrick Hodge, album Live For Today (USA)

Album Of The Week – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (USA)

‘Evidence’, ‘In Walked Bud’, ‘Blue Monk’, ‘Rhythm-A-Ning’

‘Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima’ – Krystof Penderecki (Poland)

‘Wish You Were Here’ – Pink Floyd, album Wish You Were Here (USA)

Aug 3rd, 2014 Playlist

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‘Common Mama’ – Keith Jarrett, album Expectations (USA)

‘Tell Me Something Good’ – Ronnie Laws, album Pressure Sensitive  (USA)

‘The Love You Save’ – Stars on Pan, album Stars on Pan (Japan)

‘Hoodoo Man Blues’ – Junior Wells, album Hoodoo Man Blues (USA)

‘Chitlins Con Carne’ – Junior Wells, album Hoodoo Man Blues (USA)

‘Hound Dog’ – Junior Wells, album Hoodoo Man Blues (USA)

‘If’ – Larry Young, album Unity (USA)

‘XX – Jose James, album While You Were Sleeping (USA)

‘Tryin’ Times’ – Roberta Flack, album First Take (USA)

‘Maracatu’ – Charlie Haden & Egberto Gismonti, album In Montreal (USA/Italy)

‘Kalanso’ – Ballake Sissoko, album At Peace (Mali)


Junior Wells

2014年8月3日 / Category:Entry

Junior Wells was one serious bada$$!