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  • Mamiko Taira(V) Trio Daisuke Abe(G) Steve Whipple(B)

    Mamiko Taira(V) Trio Daisuke Abe(G) Steve Whipple(B)

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.10.07-2017.10.08

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    A New York based Japanese jazz vocalist, Mamiko Taira has been always a cloud pleaser. Author of “the Color of Water,” James McBride describes her “She is the kind musicians love to play with and audiences love to appreciate… she is a standout…” Her mentor, Mark Murphy quotes “She is a talent in the art of vocal jazz.”

    Mamiko began studying music at the age of eight with a local piano teacher. At the age of sixteen, she went to a private music school to major piano studied with Fumio Itabashi. Itabashi noticed her vocal quality immediately and suggested her to be a singer. In 1988, she moved to Philadelphia to study Jazz Voice at Temple University. Eventually she emerged into the Philly music scene. After graduating in 1992 she performed in Philly until her return to Tokyo in the fall of 1993. Back at home she has performed extensively in the Tokyo metropolitan area between 1993 through 1998. In 1994 she won the grand prize at the Asakusa Jazz Festival Competition. She was invited to sing at the Manly Jazz Festival (Manly, Australia) in 1994 and 1996. In 1999, Mamiko moved to New York. She was a finalist at the Third Annual Jazzconnect Jazz Vocal Competition in 2002. Out of 197 singers from around the world, Mamiko took 3rd place. She also toured with James McBride group in 2003 visited 30 cities and 54 venues nationally. She continues to perform in New York vicinity and beyond.

    In May 2012, she has released her debut album, “and it begins” from Japanese independent jazz label, D-musica. The album presents 9 songs including 2 Japanese pops performed with Toru Dodo (piano), who co-produced the album with her. Then, she began its CD release tour from Japan in October 2012 and concluded in New York Blue Note in January 2013.

    The second leader album, “Heart’s Calling” came out in June 2015 from D-musica’s sister label, D-neo. This album was recorded in Japan with her Japanese quartet, Jun Furuya (piano), Daiki Yasukagawa (bass), and Ryo Shibata (drums) featuring Miki Hirose (trumpet), Akihiro Yoshimoto (saxes & flute) and Yuu Uesugi (trombone). It contains 10 songs in various musical settings from duo to septet. Japanese critics has raved about her creative approach and the band sound in “Heart’s Calling” as well as her musical uniqueness and growth. CD release tour in November was finished with success visiting 5 cities in 8 venues.

    In January 2016, her debut album, “and it begins” was relaunched distributing in MP3 and now available through online retailers worldwide.

    Mamiko is a legal resident of New York City, and available for performing opportunities in New York Metro area and beyond.

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  • Takeshi Asai Trio

    Takeshi Asai Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.10.14-2017.10.15

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    For ten years, New York-based jazz pianist, composer, and recording artist Takeshi Asai has been dazzling audiences in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and other major cities around the world. As a passionate solo pianist and leader of ensembles such as French Trio and New York Trio—among others—Takeshi has released 12 albums. The Jazz Times recently noted that his concerts are always filled with “communion[s] of tender affection,” with other critics acclaiming Takeshi as a “brilliant composer and performer” with “extraordinary artistry, impressive and unlimited virtuosity.” His dazzling piano improvisation and sophisticated compositions have identified Takeshi as a unique talent and set him apart in today’s international jazz scene.

     

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  • RICHARD HUNTLEY TRIO

    RICHARD HUNTLEY TRIO

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.10.21-2017.10.22

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    RICHARD HUNTLEY’S TRIKANASANA

     

    FEATURING JERRY Z AND DAVID AMBROSIO

     

    Drummer Richard Huntley’s trio Trikanasana combines the hard swinging Hammond B3 of Jerry Z and the supple acoustic bass of David Ambrosio to forge a new trio music, with elements of funk, classic organ jazz, and Cuban music, combined in an organic and grooving fashion.

     

    Collectively the members have played with many jazz and pop luminaries including:  Mulgrew Miller, Jerry Gonzalez, The Headhunters, Melvin Sparks, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, and many others. 

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  • Matt Chertkoff Trio

    Matt Chertkoff Trio

    8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    2017.10.23

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    Matt started studying music at the early age of 7 and switched to the guitar at age 11. By that time his varied listening habits included George Benson, Eric Gale, B.B. King as well as guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia.
    Before attending University of Miami as a jazz guitar major. Matt studied privately with Josh Breakstone and Gene Bertoncini at Eastman’s summer program. Upon graduation from University of Miami with a jazz guitar degree Matt immerced himself in the cities vibrant music scene. Working most nights of the week in clubs he also made TV and record appearances.

    Subsequently Matt decided to move to New York and concentrate on Jazz. Matt has performed or recorded with Fathead Newman, Grady Tate, Curtis Lundy, Bobby Forrester, Venesa Rubin, Cecil Brooks, Bernie Worrell, Percy Sledge, Lester Chambers and appeared on international TV shows on Telemundo and Nippon networks.

    He currently has weekly gigs at Smoke [weds, 6.30-9pm.] and Cecill’s [Sunday nights] and has recently performed or is scheduled to play at B.B. kings, the Blue Note, and the 55bar among other club engagements. Matt’s recently recorded debut album features David “fathead” Newman and was recorded by Grammy winning Producer Rob Fraboni [Keith Richards,Bob Dylan.]

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  • Matt Chertkoff Trio

    Matt Chertkoff Trio

    8:30 pm-11:30 pm
    2017.10.25

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    Matt started studying music at the early age of 7 and switched to the guitar at age 11. By that time his varied listening habits included George Benson, Eric Gale, B.B. King as well as guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia.
    Before attending University of Miami as a jazz guitar major. Matt studied privately with Josh Breakstone and Gene Bertoncini at Eastman’s summer program. Upon graduation from University of Miami with a jazz guitar degree Matt immerced himself in the cities vibrant music scene. Working most nights of the week in clubs he also made TV and record appearances.

    Subsequently Matt decided to move to New York and concentrate on Jazz. Matt has performed or recorded with Fathead Newman, Grady Tate, Curtis Lundy, Bobby Forrester, Venesa Rubin, Cecil Brooks, Bernie Worrell, Percy Sledge, Lester Chambers and appeared on international TV shows on Telemundo and Nippon networks.

    He currently has weekly gigs at Smoke [weds, 6.30-9pm.] and Cecill’s [Sunday nights] and has recently performed or is scheduled to play at B.B. kings, the Blue Note, and the 55bar among other club engagements. Matt’s recently recorded debut album features David “fathead” Newman and was recorded by Grammy winning Producer Rob Fraboni [Keith Richards,Bob Dylan.]

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  • Takeshi Asai Trio

    Takeshi Asai Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.10.28-2017.10.29

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    “The emerging jazz pianist in New York City (2013)” Takeshi Asai has actively been performing in Europe, Asia and the the United States for the last ten years. Authentic yet eclectic, his piano style has been acclaimed for the highest artistry and the catchiness, which you can find in any pieces he plays, whether it’s his original or a standard. In fact, his latest CD “Takeshi Asai French Trio Vol. 1” which was recorded in France in 2013, was praised for the sophistication and the eclecticism, “A fresh perspective,… jazz, classical and pop that is combined in a way that is fresh and extremely musical.”

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  • Matt Chertkoff Trio

    Matt Chertkoff Trio

    8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    2017.10.30

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    Matt started studying music at the early age of 7 and switched to the guitar at age 11. By that time his varied listening habits included George Benson, Eric Gale, B.B. King as well as guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia.
    Before attending University of Miami as a jazz guitar major. Matt studied privately with Josh Breakstone and Gene Bertoncini at Eastman’s summer program. Upon graduation from University of Miami with a jazz guitar degree Matt immerced himself in the cities vibrant music scene. Working most nights of the week in clubs he also made TV and record appearances.

     

     Subsequently Matt decided to move to New York and concentrate on Jazz. Matt has performed or recorded with Fathead Newman, Grady Tate, Curtis Lundy, Bobby Forrester, Venesa Rubin, Cecil Brooks, Bernie Worrell, Percy Sledge, Lester Chambers and appeared on international TV shows on Telemundo and Nippon networks.

    He currently has weekly gigs at Smoke [weds, 6.30-9pm.] and Cecill’s [Sunday nights] and has recently performed or is scheduled to play at B.B. kings, the Blue Note, and the 55bar among other club engagements. Matt’s recently recorded debut album features David “fathead” Newman and was recorded by Grammy winning Producer Rob Fraboni [Keith Richards,Bob Dylan.]

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