• LIVE REVIEW: KIKI BAND

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  • JAZZ AND ZEN: SILENCE

  • The ideas of jazz

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  • LIVE REVIEW: KAZE

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Steve Oda

Steve Oda

Kanda Rakudoan September 21, 2014 Steve Oda—sarod Ayako Ikeda – tabla Fumie Negishi – tanpura Steve Oda is a masterful musician steeped in Indian music. His performance was a stunning example of the depth and power of Indian music, and a testament to how difficult it is to play, and how overpowering it is when…»

Koichi Yabori Mike Stern Tribute

Koichi Yabori Mike Stern Tribute

Rooster Ogikubo October 28, 2014 Koichi Yabori – guitar Hisatsugu Suzuki – sax Shunsuke Sano – bass Hidenobu “Kalta” Otsuki – drums Mike Stern is one of the most popular jazz-rock guitarists, and for good reason. Hard rocking and technically impressive, he’s rooted as much in blues and rock as in jazz, and mixes them…»

Yokohama Jazz Promenade

Yokohama Jazz Promenade

The Yokohama Jazz Promenade just keeps getting better and better. The organizers know just what they are doing and the program has expanded each year without feeling any bigger. There was no feeling of being in a huge stadium or having to look for the screen to see what is going on. Each performance was intimate»

Kiki Band

Kiki Band

The Kiki Band is a powerhouse of a band that has perhaps toured outside Japan more than any other jazz group, though “jazz” may not be quite the right genre to slip them into. They are a band of equals where everyone can be themselves and bring into the music their own special interests, melding it all into a unique sound »

KAZE

KAZE

As if calling in the gods of the wind, Kaze’s show started with Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost blowing, tapping and inhaling air through their trumpets. There would have been no better way to start the show, since “kaze” means “wind” in Japanese. From the first musical breath, Tamura and Pruvost»

The ideas of jazz

The ideas of jazz

I find jazz to be a metaphor that encompasses a broad section of life’s best experiences. Immanuel Kant said that ethics begins in aesthetics. I could not agree more. It is not that you can judge someone’s character by the type of music they like, but that beauty and character»

Jazz and Zen: Silence

Jazz and Zen: Silence

The overlapping concepts and practices of jazz and Zen have a common starting point. To put it simply, or reduce it to an initiating idea: All action springs from inaction and all sound springs from silence.»

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