July 10, 2018

Jun Izumi (vo) and Yuto Kanazawa (gt) played Bamboo Club in Osaka on July 7th, 2018

One day in New York, she found some flyers in a jazz club that said he would show up in the gigs.

After a while they formed a duo to play the music they like.

Their live performance in Japan premiered at the small venue in Osaka on the Star Festival night.


- Jun Izumi (voice)
- Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)

at Bamboo Club in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. I Mean You
2. The Ireland
3. Maiden Voyage
4. Lush Life
5. 異邦人
6. Overjoyed
* 2nd Stage
1. The Peacocks
2. Fragile
3. Pannonica
4. The Ocean / Yuto Kanazawa
5. Day By Day

Jun Izumi got interested in jazz music under the influence of her uncle who had a lot of vinyl records.

She likes songs written by pianists among others as you can see the ones in the set list.

Jun Izumi (voice)

Jun Izumi (voice)

Yuto Kanazawa leads some bands that are active internationally. He also composes songs, one of which was introduced that evening.

His accompaniment on guitar was so gentle and sweet that Izumi looked quite comfortable with the sound. So was the audience, of course.

Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)

Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)

Japanese late 1970s pop song "異邦人", which means foreigner, was what came across Izumi's mind when she lied on the bed hearing children yelling in the nearby school in New York.

Jimmie Rowles' composition "The Peacocks" is one of the memorable songs for Izumi. She listened to Tierney Sutton sing it at Birdland, a jazz club in New York, on her birthday. She was so moved to run back home to learn the lyrics. Her singing was really convincing that night.

The arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" was amazing and soothing. It reminded the audience of Nica's generous patronage for the musicians at the time.

Jun Izumi (vo), Yuto Kanazawa (gt)

Jun Izumi (voice), left, and Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)

The show was entrancing enough to imagine Vega and Altair would meet over the Milky Way on the Tanabata night.

Yukiko Makino and Chiaki Kanamori

Jun Izumi (voice), left, and Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

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