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Masabumi Kikuchi

Masabumi Kikuchi

Masabumi Kikuchi’s piano playing was unique, intense and spectacularly fun. Sadly, he has died at the age of 75, in New York. Playing in both Japan and the United States for decades, he recorded his own work with many of the top names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and… »

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Blue Note Tokyo July 1, 2015 Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B3 organ Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar Joe Dyson – drums   Dr. Lonnie Smith is a force of nature, and his chosen instrument in the world, the Hammond B3 organ, only amplifies his force. He’s not someone you see in concert; he’s someone you… »

Jonathan Katz “East Meadow” (Roving Spirits 2014)

Jonathan Katz “East Meadow” (Roving Spirits 2014)

Jonathan Katz – piano Making a solo piano CD takes guts these days. With so many piano solo, and piano trios focusing on the piano only, a new solo piano CD requires great tunes, a special vision, and the energy to see it through. Katz has all that and then some. On this solo recording… »

Salt Peanuts

Salt Peanuts

Salt Peanuts is one of the best additions to Ekoda’s vibe. Presenting the best of up and coming jazz musicians, the club focuses on music, pure and simple. »

Boozy Muse

Boozy Muse

One of the most sleek and elegant clubs in the city, the Boozy Muse is a genuine escape into a fully considered jazz space. »

Apple Jump

Apple Jump

Apple Jump is an easy place to like. Unpretentious in design, its simple, focused and box-like interior is all that is needed. »

Cholet-Känzig-Papaux Trio

Cholet-Känzig-Papaux Trio

The opening act of Hayashi and Fujimoto was an impeccable, lush duo of acoustic music. Their set was interrupted by a huge earthquake that stopped them in the middle of a song, with everyone stood up deciding whether to evacuate or not. »

Dojo

Dojo

At the height of intense improvising during Dojo’s recent live gig, one of the strings on the koto broke, adding an unpredictable tone and a surprising moment. Frankly, though, it was a surprise only one string broke during the evening. »

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