August 30, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo, pf) played a solo show at CrossRoad in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Pref., on August 24th, 2018

When will a pianist want to sing to their own playing? When will a singer want to accompany themselves on piano?

Vocalist Kaoru Azuma performed solo to show her great skill on piano as well as on vocals in Osaka on a sticky late-summer night.


- Kaoru Azuma (voice, piano)

at CrossRoad in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. My Favorite Things
2. Sky Blue / music by Jesse Forest, lyrics by Kaoru Azuma
3. Desafinado
4. Both Sides, Now
5. Lullaby Of Birdland
* 2nd Stage
1. Palhaço (scat)
2. Remember Me
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Stars (Endless Stars / music by Fred Hersch, lyrics by Norma Winstone)
5. When You Wish Upon A Star
* Encore
That Sunday, That Summer

Some of the songs Azuma played that night were regular ones she usually sings on microphone only. They brought another sound to the familiar figures at her gigs.

Others were the ones she premiered for the show. They gave another fun to the audience to ruminate about the reason why she chose them.

8.24.2018 @Cross Road Kaoru Azuma(Vocal & Piano) I was so happy to be able to relax on stage. I’m sure that one of the reasons was being in a good relationship with this piano! Thanks for coming and supporting me tonight! クロスロードで初の弾き語りライブ、お越し頂いたみなさん、どうも有難うございました! やっぱりクロスマジック!お店が集中力を後押ししてくれる。 そしてピアノ🎹とすぐ馴染めたの✨ ジャズ、ディズニー、オリジナル、ボサノヴァ、ジスモンチやFred Hersch などのコンテンポラリーなど色々演奏してみました。 次回のクロス出演は、12月7日(金)に決定しました。 Photo by Mr. M #弾き語り #ジャズ弾き語り #東かおる #クロスロード #crossroad #kaoruazuma #pianoandvocal

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The business in regard to such live ambient music as you hear at a hotel lounge in Japan tends to require the musician to perform solo to reduce the labor cost, Azuma said. She added singing to their own instrument playing would meet the requirement better and therefore improve their value.

Whatever forces a musician to play music in an unusual style for them, the listeners would enjoy the performance to be done by a really great artist. Kaoru Azuma deserves to be one of them.

Kaoru Azuma (vo, pf)

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 12:10 on August 30, 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