January 27, 2018

ai kuwabara the project to play NAM HALL in Kyoto on Feb 18, 2018

[Gig Info] - Sun, Feb 18th in Kyoto - piano, bass, drums - Y5000. No min.

* Venue: NAM HALL in Kyoto

* Time: 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 18th

* 3-piece: piano, bass, drums

* Cover: 5000 JPY. No min.

Ai Kuwabara The Project

On Sunday, February 18th, Ai Kuwabara (piano), Takashi Sugawa (double bass) and Muneomi Senju (drums) will be playing at NAM HALL in Kyoto.

Thoroughly smoke-free at all times.

The curtain on the show will go up at 6:00 pm.

Cover is 5000 JPY. No minimum.

Advance reservations at Kyoto Jazz Fes' website are highly recommended.

The door will open at 5:30 pm.


- Ai Kuwabara (piano)
- Takashi Sugawa (double bass)
- Muneomi Senju (drums)


posted by Jazz Up Japan at 06:24 on January 27, 2018 JST | gig info | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

January 24, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo) and Masako Hamamura (pf) played M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, on Jan 22, 2018

Simple is best. It's easy to say, but hard to do.

One of the pianists that jazz vocalist Kaoru Azuma places her full confidence in is Masako Hamamura. They performed a live duo show to play jazz standards on the chilly night at the cozy club in Amagasaki City near Osaka.


- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Masako Hamamura (piano)

at M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan on January 22nd, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Skylark
2. East Of The Sun [and West of the Moon]
3. My Favorite Things
4. Moonlight In Vermont
5. A Night In Tunisia
* 2nd Stage
1. Sentimental Journey
2. Just Friends
3. Corcovado
4. Take The 'A' Train
5. Prelude To A Kiss
6. I Concentrate On You
* Encore
Polka Dots And Moonbeams

Hamamura accompanied Azuma on the original chords that the composers wrote for a singer to sing.

Jazz standard songs have been arranged by instrumentalists so that their (solo) improvisational playing would stand out. Hamamura tries to dig out what have been lost in the gimmick.

Kaoru Azuma: "I didn't like this song so much."
Masako Hamamura: "Neither did I. But I noticed something beautiful in it."

The original chords sometimes sound plain, which makes the tone more profound.

Hamamura is also eager to learn the lyrics. She always plays piano to tell the story behind the song.

And Azuma is a voice artist who lives up to Hamamura's attitude to music.

Simple is best. Kaoru Azuma and Masako Hamamura are destined to demonstrate the saying that is difficult to do.

Azuma (vo), Hamamura (pf)

Kaoru Azuma (vo), left, and Masako Hamamura (pf)

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 15:23 on January 24, 2018 JST | show report | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

January 17, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo) and Hitomi Nishiyama (pf) played CREOLE in Kobe on Jan 14, 2018

The only singer that pianist Hitomi Nishiyama accompanies is Kaoru Azuma. They performed a live show after about a five-month break.


- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Hitomi Nishiyama (piano)

at CREOLE in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan on January 14th, 2018

The songs were from the album they launched in 2013, the tunes they created after the release, jazz standards and Argentine artist Carlos Aguirre's pieces.

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. J
2. Pierre Without A Face
3. Remains To Be Seen
4. I've Never Been In Love Before
5. Pescadores
* 2nd Stage
1. Face Of Yesterday
2. Lost In Time
3. Circular Blue
4. Moonlight In Vermont
5. Baroque
* Encore
Milonga Gris

Azuma says she is always seriously nervous when she sings Nishiyama's songs.

"I have to use my vocal chords to the utmost limit. It's really demanding, but quite an honor".

Azuma also writes lyrics to Nishiyama's music.

Both of them were born in Osaka. Their talk on the stage is another fun when you attend their gig.

Kaoru Azuma: "I'm not like an Osakan obachan."
Hitomi Nishiyama: "Yes, you are, definitely!"

The show was hilarious as well as fantastic. It again convinced us their new album is anxiously awaited in the world.

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 14:57 on January 17, 2018 JST | show report | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする