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)

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 19:30 on July 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

July 04, 2018

Chiaki Kanamori (pf) and Yukiko Makino (gt) played Cellar Bar Kent in Osaka on June 24th, 2018

It is another fun to listen to a duo of chordal instrumentalists play music from categories such as jazz and J-pop.

Pianist Chiaki Kanamori and guitarist Yukiko Makino demonstrated that their axes are certainly one of the combinations.


- Chiaki Kanamori (electronic piano, keyboard harmonica)
- Yukiko Makino (guitar)

at Cellar Bar Kent in Osaka, Japan on Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. 東京は夜の七時 〜 The night is still young 〜
2. After The Rain / Makino
3. やさしさに包まれたなら (Kanamori on keyboard harmonica)
4. 旅人 / Kanamori
5. ただいま、くまちゃん / Makino
* 2nd Stage
1. It Don't Mean A Thing (Kanamori on keyboard harmonica)
2. My Favorite Things
3. 夏祭り
4. Reverse / Makino
5. Amber / Makino
* Encore

In addition to electronic piano, Kanamori played keyboard harmonica for some songs. She has blown it since kindergarten days.

She introduced her original "旅人", which means traveler. Her grandmother's nature-rich hometown inspired her to write the song. That sounded really grand.

Chiaki Kanamori on keyboard harmonica and Yukiko Makino on guitar

Makino's "After The Rain" depicts the clear air and the smell after it stops raining, which are among her favorite findings in daily life.

She came to the gig with four compositions of her in total. All of them brought back memories, somehow.

They played not only their original songs but ones arranged by them. Their unconventional mode of expression was worth appreciating.

Yukiko Makino and Chiaki Kanamori

Yukiko Makino (left) and Chiaki Kanamori

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 00:52 on July 04, 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

July 02, 2018

Chihiro Yamanaka (pf), Ryo Hatakeyama (bs), Genki Hashimoto (ds) played Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi in Osaka on June 22, 2018

Chihiro Yamanaka celebrated the release of her 20th album "Utopia" with a show at the record / CD shop in Osaka.


- Chihiro Yamanaka (electronic piano)
- Ryo Hatakeyama (double bass)
- Genki Hashimoto (drums)

at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2018

Set list for the show
1. La Priere D'une Vierge
2. Le Cygne
3. I Loves You, Porgy 〜 Strike Up The Band

The album was launched two days before. It features songs written by George Gershwin, who would have turned 120, by Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100, and by herself among others.

She told the audience some stories behind the songs before she played each of them.

Double bassist Ryo Hatakeyama and drummer Genki Hashimoto were also amazing. Yamanaka looked so delighted to make sounds with them.

After the performance, an autograph session took place.

Every fan of Yamanaka there must have got fully satisfied with her warm hospitality as well as their live rendition.

Stage at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi

Stage at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi on June 22nd, 2018

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:56 on July 02, 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