July 13, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo), Michiko Uemura (pf), Sho Iwata (bs), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds) played M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, on July 12, 2018

Drummer Hideaki Kakimoto regularly forms a piano trio to accompany a vocalist.

The members that night have played the club several times before, but they showed off different talents as if they would perform amid a comic show.


- Kaoru Azuma (voice, piano)
- Michiko Uemura (piano)
- Sho Iwata (double bass)
- Hideaki Kakimoto (drums)

at M CUATRO in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. 何と云はれても / Uemura - instrumental
2. Milky Way Blues / Uemura - instrumental
3. Our Love Is Here To Stay
4. Wave
5. Miles Davis
6. My One And Only Love
7. A Night In Tunisia
* 2nd Stage
1. Skylark - instrumental
2. BBB 〜 Baseball Blues / Uemura - instrumental
3. So Nice (Summer Samba)
4. I've Never Been In Love Before
5. Detour Ahead
6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
7. Smile
* Encore
君をのせて Carrying You

They played jazz standards, as well as their originals as an instrumental band.

One of the pianist Michiko Uemura's compositions "BBB 〜 Baseball Blues" was especially interesting. It would turn the venue into Koshien Stadium, the ballpark in Kobe that is famous for the high-school baseball tournaments.

Michiko Uemura (pf), Sho Iwata (bs), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)

In addition, the bassist Sho Iwata whistled and scatted. Kakimoto made sounds by using a weird stick called "Cat's Paw" that is supposed to be a toy for children.

The singer Kaoru Azuma looked considerably surprised by their performance, but showed her stuff to finish the show in a neat way with the theme song for Japanese animation "Castle in the Sky".

The gig was enjoyable enough to inspire you to get through ordeals for the rest of your life.

Sho Iwata (bs), Michiko Uemura (pf), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)

[left to right] Sho Iwata (bs), Michiko Uemura (pf), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)

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