September 18, 2018

The 4th FM COCOLO "World Jazz Warehouse" Public Recording Concert


Ai Kuwabara the Project performed at The 4th FM COCOLO "World Jazz Warehouse" Public Recording Concert with Yoshitaka Minami on Friday, September 14th, 2018.







Personnel:

Ai Kuwabara the Project
- Ai Kuwabara (piano)
- Keisuke Torigoe (double bass)
- Muneomi Senju (drums)

- Yoshitaka Minami (vocals, guitar)

at Aqua Culture Hall in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on Friday, September 14th, 2018



Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Money Jungle - Ai Kuwabara the Project
2. "Into The Future Or The Past?" - Ai Kuwabara the Project
3. Every Time We Say Goodby - Yoshitaka Minami on vocals, guitar and Ai Kuwabara on piano
4. Route 66 - Yoshitaka Minami on vocals, guitar
5. - Yoshitaka Minami on vocals, guitar and Ai Kuwabara on piano
* 2nd Stage
1. Opening-1 - Ai Kuwabara the Project
2. Maria - Ai Kuwabara the Project
3. To The End Of This World - Ai Kuwabara the Project
4. - Ai Kuwabara the Project
* Encore
Caravan - Yoshitaka Minami on vocals, guitar and Ai Kuwabara the Project







You could see them share a stage only in the show.

Ai Kuwabara the Project played songs from their latest album "To The End Of This World" among others.

Yoshitaka Minami sang jazz standards as well as his originals.

You can listen to the live recording on the radio show "World Jazz Warehouse" on FM COCOLO on October 14th and 21st, 2018.









(left to right) Keisuke Torigoe (ds), Muneomi Senju (ds), Chris (MC), Ai Kuwabara (pf) and Yoshitaka Minami (vo, gt)






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 15:13 on September 18, 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

September 11, 2018

Azuma (vo), Strange (pf), Aratama (bs) and Baron (ds) played gallery zing in Kobe, Sep 8th, 2018


Kaoru Azuma (voice), Phillip Strange (piano), Tetsuro Aratama (double bass) and Von Baron (drums) performed at gallery zing in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on September 8th, 2018.







Personnel:

- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Phillip Strange (piano)
- Tetsuro Aratama (double bass)
- Von Baron (drums)

at gallery zing in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Saturday, September 8th, 2018



Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Infant Eyes (instrumental)
2. Vanishing Point / Phillip Strange (instrumental)
3. I've Never Been In Love Before
4. Moonlight Serenade
5. September Song
6. Along Came Memory [Along Came Betty]
* 2nd Stage
1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. First Light / Phillip Strange (Yuriko Kodama from the audience on vocals)
3. Flor De Lis
4. Someday My Prince Will Come (duo of Phillip Strange and Hiroyuki Miyashita from the audience on piano)
5. Turn Out The Stars
6. Four
* Encore
Star In Green







The quartet was joined by guests from the audience, Yuriko Kodama (voice) and Hiroyuki Miyashita (piano), for some of the songs they played.




(left to right) Phillip Strange (pf), Von Baron (ds), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Tetsuro Aratama (bs) and guests from the audience, Hiroyuki Miyashita (pf), Yuriko Kodama (vo)






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 11:33 on September 11, 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

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.







Personnel:

- 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)






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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