May 27, 2018

Shoko Numao (vo), Chiaki Kanamori (pf) and Sae Otake (bs) played Green Dolphin in Kobe on May 25th, 2018

It is a valuable opportunity to attend a gig in which the players are all in their early twenties because the number of young people is falling dramatically in Japan.

On the night that made you feel that summer had come, Shoko Numao (vocals), Chiaki Kanamori (piano) and Sae Otake (double bass) performed a candle night show at a cozy cafe in Kobe.


- Shoko Numao (vocals)
- Chiaki Kanamori (piano)
- Sae Otake (double bass)

at Green Dolphin in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Friday, May 25th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Night And Day
2. Moon River
3. Girl From Ipanema
4. 月のワルツ Tsuki no Waltz (Waltz of the Moon)
5. Painter / Shoko Numao
6. Destination Moon
* 2nd Stage
1. Country - instrumental
2. 悲しくてやりきれない Kanashikute Yarikirenai (Too Sad To Stand It)
3. Tea For two
4. One Note Samba
5. 船旅 Funabatbi (Boat Travel) / Shoko Numao
6. Bye Bye Blackbird
* Encore
O pato

In the fantastic room by the dim light of the candles, they played jazz standards, bossa nova and Numao's originals.

Numao and Kanamori visited hospitals in Kobe in the previous two days to comfort children and the elderly. The duo was greatly touched by the audience members who welcomed them with sweet words, sang with them and were moved to tears by their performance.

One of Numao's original songs the trio played, "Painter", was created when she was at a neat cafe. Some nice paintings were on the walls there.

She wrote another one, "船旅 Funabatbi (Boat Travel)", when she saw a beautiful sunset on a boat trip.

This was my first time to listen to Numao sing. Her voice was so attractive that I wanted to hear more songs sung by her.

It was also my very first time to see Kanamori play with a singer as well as Otake perform. They were awesome accompanists, who let nothing go to waste for the trio rendition.

[left to right] Sae Otake (bs), Shoko Numao (vo), Chiaki Kanamori (pf)
Sae Otake (bs), Shoko Numao (vo), Chiaki Kanamori (pf)
Photo from Kanamori's tweet embeded above

The show was impressive enough to convince you that Japan's show business would be taken over by the promising youth like them.

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:35 on May 27, 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

May 12, 2018

Ai Kuwabara to play piano solo at CREOLE in Kobe on July 19th, 2018

[Gig Info] - 7:30 pm, Thu, Jul 19th in Kobe - piano - Y3800 adv / Y4300 door + Min 1 drink.

* Venue: CREOLE in Kobe

* Time, Date: 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 19th

* 1-piece: piano

* Cover: Y3800 adv / Y4300 door + Min 1 drink

Play with Bones

On Thursday, July 19th, Ai Kuwabara will be playing piano solo at CREOLE near Sannomiya Station on JR / Hankyu / Hanshin in Kobe.

Thoroughly smoke-free at all times.

The curtain on the show will go up at 7:30 pm.

Cover is
3800 JPY advance (make reservations on the venue's website),
4300 JPY at door.

Each of the customers will be required to order one drink (500 JPY) at door.

The prices include tax.

The door will open at 7:00 pm.

- Ai Kuwabara (piano)


Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 08:51 on May 12, 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

May 06, 2018

Azuma (vo), Hoshino (pf), Nakaishi (bs), Kakimoto (ds) played STAR LIVE U6 in Osaka on May 2, 2018

Those who do something novel are often prepared to get back to basics. It must be one of the essential skills for excellent artists.

Kaoru Azuma, who played a quite rare duo of voice and clarinet five days before, showed that she is among them.


- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Masaki Hoshino (piano)
- Yusuke Nakaishi (double bass)
- Hideaki Kakimoto (piano)

at STAR LIVE U6 in Osaka, Japan on May 2nd, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. A Foggy Day - instrumental
2. My Foolish Heart 3. East Of The Sun [and West of the Moon]
4. Star In Green
5. Pent Up House
6. Palhaço
* 2nd Stage
1. Whisper Not - instrumental
2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
3. I Thought About You - voice and bass
4. Coffee Rumba
5. But Beautiful
6. Flor De Lis
* Encore
Alice In Wonderland

Azuma sang jazz standards, along with some others, accompanied by piano trio, the traditional minimum formation of jazz band.

She didn't forget to perform only with the bassist, who was the musician she met as well as played with for the first time.

The show was soothing enough to remind the audience that they didn't have to be different to enjoy the "Golden Week".

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 10:28 on May 06, 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