September 27, 2018

Ai Kuwabara (pf), Steve Gadd (ds) and Will Lee (bs) played Billboard Live Osaka on Sep 21st, 2018


Ai Kuwabara toured Japan with Steve Gadd and Will Lee for the second consecutive year.







Personnel:

- Ai Kuwabara (piano)

- Steve Gadd (drums)

- Will Lee (electric bass)

at Billboard Live Osaka in Osaka, Japan on Friday, September 21st, 2018



Set list for the show
* 2nd Stage
1. Somehow It's Been A Rough Day
2. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
3. Black Orpheus
4. - Lee also on vocals
5. Whereabouts
6. Saw
7. March Comes In Like A Lion
8. All Life Will End Someday, Only The Sea Will Remain - Lee and Kuwabara also on vocals
〜 Happy Birthday to Kuwabara
9.
* Encore
The Back







Ai Kuwabara released an album with Steve Gadd and Will Lee in 2017.

The work "Somehow, Someday, Somewhere" was created after Kuwabara climbed out of the doldrums, which lasted for about eighteen months, with the encouragement she received from Quincy Jones at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2015.

Kuwabara met Gadd at The 12th Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2013, followed by his another show in Japan that put her in touch with Lee. They hit it off well enough to promise to play together in the near future.








That night the trio played some of the songs from the CD, as well as the pieces Kuwabara wrote for the tour.









Kuwabara turned twenty-seven that day.

It was so exciting for everybody there to celebrate her birthday amid the show.






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 19:34 on September 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

September 23, 2018

SOA played BERONICA in Osaka, Japan on September 19th, 2018


SOA (voice, keyboards, looper) performed in the quadruple-bill show that took place at BERONICA in Osaka, Japan on September 19th, 2018.







Personnel:

- SOA (voice, keyboards, looper)

at BERONICA in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018



Set list for the show
1. One / SOA (voice on keyboards)
2. What A Wonderful World (voice on keyboards)
3. 翳りゆく部屋 (voice on keyboards)
4. Smile (voice on looper)
5. Just Two Of Us (voice on looper)







SOA plays her music in different styles.

That evening she sang to her own keyboards accompaniment and manipulated a music looper to add more beauty to her voice.

The songs included jazz standards, her original and a J-POP tune by Yumi Arai, which is popular with the audience at her gigs.

Her performance was fascinating enough to enjoy a starry spell during the autumnal rainy season.





SOA at BERONICA on Sep 19, 2018






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 14:29 on September 23, 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 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