June 10, 2018

Jesse Forest (gt), Mari Saeki (pf), Jamie Ousley (bs) played gallery zing in Kobe on June 2nd, 2018


Whether or not gigs playing original jazz music only are popular in Japan, you should have attended this show.

Jesse Forest (guitar), Mari Saeki (piano) and Jamie Ousley (double bass) performed their own songs except Chopin's piece and the encore on June 2nd, 2018.






Personnel:

- Jesse Forest (guitar)
- Mari Saeki (piano)
- Jamie Ousley (double bass)

at gallery zing in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Park Life / Jesse Forest
2. Annabelle / Mari Saeki
3. Pasaje a Tennessee (Passage to Tennessee) / Jamie Ousley
4. Chromatic / Mari Saeki
5. Stumble Around / Jesse Forest
6. O Sorriso Dela (Her Smile) / Jamie Ousley
* 2nd Stage
1. 501 / Jesse Forest
2. Silence / Mari Saeki
3. Clearing / Jamie Ousley
4. Deep Labyrinth / Mari Saeki
5. Nocturne in E♭ / Chopin, arranged by Jamie Ousley
6. Restlessness / Mari Saeki
* Encore
Ambleside Days / John Taylor




Forest had played with Saeki and with Ousley, respectively before, but it was Saeki's first time to play with Ousley. So that night was the trio's first time to play together.

Each of them told the audience what inspired them to write their songs before they played them. It is always interesting to hear the stories behind the songs musicians play in a show directly from them.

Although a trio of guitarist, pianist and bassist is rare, the audience enjoyed their natural sound. Especially, Saeki's subtle strokes were outstanding to fascinate the listeners.

In addition, the strings sounded so sophisticated to make the entire vibe satisfactorily bracing.

The performance was attractive enough to convince you that original jazz music played in Japan is appealing to the world.



Ousley (bs), Saeki (pf), Forest (gt)

[left to right] Jamie Ousley (bs), Mari Saeki (pf), Jesse Forest (gt)




Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan




posted by Jazz Up Japan at 10:06 on June 10, 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

June 09, 2018

Hatsune Hirakura (pf) and Ro Hasegawa (ts) played SUB in Osaka on May 31st, 2018


A scholarship student at Berklee College of Music on vacation came back home to the incubator in Osaka, Japan.







Personnel:

- Hatsune Hirakura (piano)
- Ro Hasegawa (tenor saxophone)

at SUB in Osaka, Japan on Thursday, May 31st, 2018






The first time Hatsune Hirakura played the old house was when she was a high schooler. Ro Hasegawa, the owner and saxophonist, welcomed her in school uniform to his seemingly adult-oriented place.



Signboard at SUB on May 31, 2018



That evening on the final day of May 2018, Hirakura played some jazz standards with Hasegawa on tenor saxophone in front of the audience members who looked forward to seeing her performance after some absence.

The show was stunning enough to assure you of Hirakura's promising future.




Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan




posted by Jazz Up Japan at 22:09 on June 09, 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 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.






Personnel:

- 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