August 11, 2018

SOA (vo) and Yoshimitsu Murayama (gt) played Shirohige in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Pref., on July 25th, 2018

The guitarist is good at bringing out unknown talents of the singer he plays with. He says it will take about ten sessions for the duo to really hit it off with each other.

It was the third time for Yoshimitsu Murayama to accompany SOA.


- SOA (voice)
- Yoshimitsu Murayama (guitar)

at Shirohige in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on July 25th, 2018

Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Agua de Beber
2. My Favorite Things
3. Cheek To Cheek
4. That's All
5. Lullaby Of Birdland
6. S'Wonderful
7. On Green Dolphin Street
* 2nd Stage
1. Caravan
2. Summer Time
3. Cry Me A River
4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - with a guest from the audience on vocals
5. One Note Samba
6. What A Wonderful World
7. Love For Sale
* Encore
On A Clear Day

Murayama has expressed his world with many vocalists for some years. That evening's venue is kind of his stronghold to show it off to the audience.

Yoshimitsu Murayama

Yoshimitsu Murayama (guitar)

SOA leads a band which performs contemporary sounds. She sometimes uses a voice looper in the band. But she showed she is able to nicely play songs in a traditional way without gimmicks that night. Her singing and voice feel like it ushers in the new era of vocals.


SOA (voice)

The gig was bracing enough to get sweltering hot days this summer out your mind.

SOA and Yoshimitsu Murayama

SOA (voice), left, and Yoshimitsu Murayama (guitar)

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:03 on August 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 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.


- 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


- 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


- 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.

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

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