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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. >>>

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

Kasper Tranberg J Quartet

Kasper Tranberg J Quartet

The two one-hour sets of jazz—with no break, just a constant fluidity–provided gripping moments, gentle minimalism and a constantly improvised approach… >>>

Masuo Yoshiaki with Bob Ward Trio

Masuo Yoshiaki with Bob Ward Trio

Both guitarists manage to pack in so much awareness of the full range of jazz guitar into their playing, it felt like there were more than two guitarists playing every moment. >>>

Francesca Han Trio

Francesca Han Trio

Whether playing her own originals or audience-friendly standards, she delivered an accomplished, complete sense of jazz on every tune. >>>

Yuichi Inoue Sextet

Yuichi Inoue Sextet

A tight sextet with a sense of the classics and their own singular view of how a solid rhythm section can best work with a front line that has punch and energy. >>>

ARTICLES

Are jazz standards like Zen ‘koan’?

Are jazz standards like Zen ‘koan’?

By Michael Pronko How can jazz and Zen be brought together? Are they similar practices? What similarities are there between the external expression of improvised music and the internal revelation of Zen? The goals of spontaneity, depth of feeling, openness to the moment, and mindful engagement are similar between Zen and jazz. To focus on… >>>

LIVE PREVIEWS

Tokyo Big Band

Tokyo Big Band

Tokyo Big Band performs with energy and savvy with musicians who obviously dig what they’re playing and play hard. >>>

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CLUBS & VENUES

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! >>>

MEG

MEG

Meg is a place that is passionate about jazz and expresses that passion in all the right ways. >>>

CONTACT

Michael Pronko

1-5-17 Higashi-cho
Koganei, Tokyo
184-0011 JAPAN
Phone/Fax: 0423-87-7066


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東京都小金井市
東町1-5-17
Michael Pronko
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