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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. >>>

Zek! The Zek Trio

Zek! The Zek Trio

How many audiences are full of heavy metal addicts mixed with jazz piano trio fans? Only the Zek trio, surely! >>>

LIVE REVIEWS

Aramaki Band

Aramaki Band

Aramaki handles the bass like it’s a ukulele. He makes it seem small and easy to control. His muscular approach to the wood and strings creates a tough, hard-driving jazz that is all his own. Whether he’s popping an opening riff or stretching out on a solo, he makes the bass sound like it should—deep, strong and rock solid. >>>

Oleg Kireyev & Dennis Lambert Trio

Oleg Kireyev & Dennis Lambert Trio

It’s always a pleasure to hear jazz from another country, but with Kireyev that seems like several countries, all of them filled with the passion and energy of jazz. >>>

Seiji Tada

Seiji Tada

Tada Seiji has spent so much time playing live, his shows seem as easy as breathing for him. Of course, he’s breathing pretty hard and fast on some of the songs… >>>

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

From Latin to straight-ahead jazz to Cuban dance to free jazz, to pop-like quotes and Art Tatum-like flourishes, Rubalcaba clearly felt at home to play what he felt. >>>

ARTICLES

Streaming—good for jazz or bad for jazz?

Streaming—good for jazz or bad for jazz?

I confess I’ve been streaming music for the past year. I’ve bought fewer CDs, but I’m perhaps listening more than ever. As an avid music consumer for 45 years, moving from 45s (one dollar at the local “Tune Shop”) to vinyl LPs, CDs, and mp3s, I know streaming should feel like progress, but mostly I… >>>

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CLUBS & VENUES

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. >>>

Apollo

Apollo

It is not much bigger than the Apollo that carried men to the Moon, but it sure is much more cozy! >>>

CONTACT

Michael Pronko

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Koganei, Tokyo
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Phone/Fax: 0423-87-7066


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