August 09, 2018

Ai Kuwabara played piano solo shows in Kobe and Osaka on July 19th and 20th, 2018


You must have been made to realize how hard it would be to transfer from electric organ to acoustic piano.

She put a lot of thought into the tour title "Play with Bones".

Ai Kuwabara solo did bang-up jobs on YAMAHA in Kobe on July 19th and on Bösendorfer in Osaka on July 20th, 2018.







Personnel:

- Ai Kuwabara (piano)

at CREOLE in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Thursday, July 19th, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Over The Rainbow
2. Dear Family
3. West Side Story Medley
4. Looking Up
5. Money Jungle
* 2nd Stage
1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. Improvisation
3. Lôro
4. Love Me Or Leave Me
5. To The End Of This World
6. Grand Father's Waltz
7. The Back
* Encore
1. Here, There And Everywhere
2. Take The A Train







Personnel:

- Ai Kuwabara (piano)

at SALON D' AVENE in Osaka, Japan on Friday, July 20th, 2018


Set list for the show
1. Danny Boy
2. You Must Believe In Spring
3. Dear Family
4. Money Jungle
5. Home
6. West Side Story Medley
7. Improvisation
8. Love Me Or Leave Me
9. Somehow It's Been A Rough Day
* Encore
1. All The Things You Are
2. The Back




Kuwabara enthusiastically told the audience about the importance of the bones when playing piano. She said she learned about the bones function and structure to improve the skills so that the piano would really sound.

She also explained the reason why she constantly moves her body on the piano chair is because she shifts her center of gravity according to the playing.











Kuwabara added she had been "in a fight" with the piano since she began playing it and wanted to share the story with her fans in person in the live performances, not through media coverage.


The album she will launch in August 2018 was another topic she called the audience's attention to. Kuwabara was so excited to talk about her new style of musical expression, rather than the formation of piano trio she had focused on in her previous CD production.








The shows for the two days were impressive enough to believe in the promising future of the pianist.






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 11:00 on August 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

August 06, 2018

Halie Loren played Billboard Live Osaka in Osaka on July 18th, 2018


Halie Loren stopped by Osaka on "From the Wild Sky" Japan Tour 2018.

She celebrated the release of the album, which hit the shelves in April 2018.






Halie Loren "From the Wild Sky" Japan Tour 2018

at Billboard Live Osaka in Osaka, Japan on July 18th, 2018


Personnel:

- Halie Loren (vocals)
- Matt Treder (piano, Rhodes)
- William Seiji Marsh (guitar)
- Sean Peterson (bass)
- Susan Lucia (drums)







Loren performed her original songs from the CD, as well as jazz standards.









She sang one of her originals to her own Rhodes accompaniment.







In response to calls for an encore, she played "Ellie My Love" in English and Japanese. The audience was really surprised as well as delighted at it.

The curtain fell amidst the hearty applause.






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 10:30 on August 06, 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 13, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo), Michiko Uemura (pf), Sho Iwata (bs), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds) played M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, on July 12, 2018


Drummer Hideaki Kakimoto regularly forms a piano trio to accompany a vocalist.

The members that night have played the club several times before, but they showed off different talents as if they would perform amid a comic show.






Personnel:

- Kaoru Azuma (voice, piano)
- Michiko Uemura (piano)
- Sho Iwata (double bass)
- Hideaki Kakimoto (drums)

at M CUATRO in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Thursday, July 12th, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. 何と云はれても / Uemura - instrumental
2. Milky Way Blues / Uemura - instrumental
3. Our Love Is Here To Stay
4. Wave
5. Miles Davis
6. My One And Only Love
7. A Night In Tunisia
* 2nd Stage
1. Skylark - instrumental
2. BBB 〜 Baseball Blues / Uemura - instrumental
3. So Nice (Summer Samba)
4. I've Never Been In Love Before
5. Detour Ahead
6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
7. Smile
* Encore
君をのせて Carrying You




They played jazz standards, as well as their originals as an instrumental band.

One of the pianist Michiko Uemura's compositions "BBB 〜 Baseball Blues" was especially interesting. It would turn the venue into Koshien Stadium, the ballpark in Kobe that is famous for the high-school baseball tournaments.



Michiko Uemura (pf), Sho Iwata (bs), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)





In addition, the bassist Sho Iwata whistled and scatted. Kakimoto made sounds by using a weird stick called "Cat's Paw" that is supposed to be a toy for children.

The singer Kaoru Azuma looked considerably surprised by their performance, but showed her stuff to finish the show in a neat way with the theme song for Japanese animation "Castle in the Sky".


The gig was enjoyable enough to inspire you to get through ordeals for the rest of your life.



Sho Iwata (bs), Michiko Uemura (pf), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)

[left to right] Sho Iwata (bs), Michiko Uemura (pf), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 17:54 on July 13, 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