INTERVIEW

Interview with Junko Moriya — The Joy of Big Band Jazz

Interview with Junko Moriya — The Joy of Big Band Jazz

Junko Moriya has been leading one of the best big bands in Japan for over a decade. On her five CDs of her orchestra, plus trio, octet, and sextet recordings, she chooses the best players in Tokyo, writes and arranges her own charts, and plays piano. Her big band recordings have been widely acclaimed and her big band concerts consistently sell out. She also has traveled Japan widely, working with big bands all over the country. She took time to talk about the importance of big bands and how she works with her own band. >>>

CD REVIEWS

Naoko Tanaka Trio “Memories”

Naoko Tanaka Trio “Memories”

Tanaka’s trio recording is just what the best Japanese piano trios do so well–superb melodies, light touch, engaging and heartfelt tone, and superb acoustic sound. >>>

“Juju” Shibusa Shirazu

“Juju” Shibusa Shirazu

The compositions here become a launching pad for Shibusa Shirazu’s eclectic, wild, and energy-laden approach to collective improvisation on a large scale. >>>

Tamao “Indigo Blue”

Tamao “Indigo Blue”

Her phrasing, tone and swing are the main part of her appeal, but the arrangements, material and backing put all her appeal into a beautiful setting. >>>

LIVE REVIEWS

Dennis Lambert

Dennis Lambert

Though the evening was a CD release party for his latest work, “From This Moment On,” what was nicest about the evening was the birthday vibe. >>>

Trio Samadhi

Trio Samadhi

The trio layers on delicate musical tissues, waiting to be teased apart into fuller imaginings. >>>

King Cake Baby

King Cake Baby

King Cake Baby is a superb unit dedicated to New Orleans music and the great culture the music sprang from. Don’t miss them. >>>

Omer Avital and Yonathan Avishai

Omer Avital and Yonathan Avishai

…bringing in their Middle Eastern roots together with European harmonies, pop tunes, jazz standards and modern jazz in a mélange that felt less mixed than fluid. >>>

ARTICLES

Farewell to a Japan Jazz Icon

Jazz in Japan would like to say farewell to Kiyoshi Koyama  児山紀芳, a noted jazz lover who spent his life, his energy and his being to jazz in Japan. He will be missed. Writer David Gregory attended his funeral and tells us what it means to have lost such a jazz figure. Farewell to a… >>>

LIVE PREVIEWS

Guzen Gekijo 10 Golden Days

Guzen Gekijo 10 Golden Days

The musicians for these afternoon shows are some of the best in Tokyo. They like to take time from their other projects to play in this intimate setting because they love it. >>>

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CLUBS & VENUES

Moon Stomp

Moon Stomp

Moon Stomp is a great little club in the hip hustle of Koenji. >>>

Absolute Blue

Absolute Blue

Absolute Blue is a lovely club close to Ikebukuro Station, about one minute away from the west exit. That location makes it easy to drop by for a set or two, but you’ll want to stay longer. >>>

Guzen Gekijo

Guzen Gekijo

An highly unique space, Guzen Gekijo is a community resource, an experimental music venue, and a living room all rolled into one. >>>

Jazz Union Cafe

Jazz Union Cafe

The Jazz Union Café is truly an oasis in the heart of Harajuku. This cozy jazz cafe is an ideal space for healing mind and soul. >>>

CONTACT

Michael Pronko

1-5-17 Higashi-cho
Koganei, Tokyo
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