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December
  • 02
    02.December.Saturday

    Benny Oyama Trio 10:00 pm to Midnight

    All day
    2017.12.02-2017.12.03
    277 Church St, NY, United States
    277 Church St, NY, United States

    Benny Oyama is a singer, guitarist, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and troubadour from New York City and based in the vibrant Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  His unique blend of Brazilian, jazz, and rock-inflected music emerges from being present to what is presented in his experience – surprising cultural pathways, the wonders of nature, the trauma of the past, and the complexity of meeting the world with mixed identities – all infused with rich melodies, harmony and rhythm.

    Benny’s mother is Jewish, and his father is Japanese-American and was born and grew up in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan following the imprisonment of his parents, also American citizens of Japanese descent, in an internment camp in Jerome, Arkansas.    

    Benny has recorded three albums of original material, and has performed around New York City, China, Japan, Brazil, Israel and the US.  In 2007, Benny performed for Bastille day celebrations as a guest of the French Consulate, and for private engagements by the Portuguese Embassy in Beijing, China.  In the summer of 2012, Benny participated in the festive bênção celebrations in Salvador da Bahia while studying capoeira movement and music under master João Pequeno.  

    He currently holds the weekly thursday night residency at Injera NYC, the best-kept secret (shh!) for live music in the West Village.  

    Benny is greatly influenced by Zen buddhist philosophy and practice, Advaita Vedanta, the writings of Krishnamurti, yoga, and capoeira.

     

     

  • 09
    09.December.Saturday

    Takeshi Asai Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.12.09-2017.12.10
    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.

  • 25
    25.December.Monday

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! NO EVENT

    All day
    2017.12.25
    277 Church St, NY, United States
    277 Church St, NY, United States

     

     

     

  • 30
    30.December.Saturday

    Mamiko Taira Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.12.30-2017.12.31
    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.

  • 31
    31.December.Sunday

    New Year's Eve Live at BFLAT: Erena Terakubo Trio $10 admission fee with a glass of sparkling wine for celebrating New Year!

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.12.31-2018.01.01

    Elena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics with musicians including Herbie Hancock and Tiger Okoshi. Terakubo later attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was rewarded a full-tuition scholarship and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop with Terri Lyne Carrington.

    In 2010, she recorded her first album, “North Bird” with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached no. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal’s Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival.

    In 2011, Terakubo recorded her second album, “New York Attitude” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    Her concert appearances have included Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010 (with Michel Camilo Trio), Nagoya Jazz Festival (with Yosuke Yamashita), Kitara Hall (with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra), and D.C. Jazz Festival 2012. She has been fortunate to work with musicians such as Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb, and Anthony Jackson..
    Terakubo has been selected to perform in summer 2012, at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, as part of Bill Cosby’s portion of the program.

    In 2013, her long-awaited third album “Burkina” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lenny White & Jimmy Cobb set a high valuation on her ability.

    In 2014, she graduated Berklee College Of Music

    In 2015, Moved to New York City

    寺久保エレナ (てらくぼ えれな)アルト・サックス
    1992年4月30日札幌市生まれ。6才からピアノを習う。9才の時、アルトサックスを習い始める。2002~2007年(10~15才)、札幌ジュニア・ジャズ・オーケストラに参加し、ハービー・ハンコック、タイガー大越、日野皓正、本田雅人など国内外の著名なミュージシャンのクリニックを受ける。13才の時、最年少でボストン・バークリー・アワードを受賞。2007、2008年、ボストン・バークリー音楽院に奨学生としてサマー・プログラムへ短期留学。2009年Berklee Summer Jazz Workshopに日本人で初めて選抜され、ボストンにてTerri Lyne Carringtonのクラスで学ぶ。2009年5月<山下洋輔イントロデューシング寺久保エレナ>に出演。8月“佐山雅弘クインテット”RED ZONE TOURに参加。同メンバーにてCD『RED ZONE』をリリース。2009年9月、Swing Journal誌9月号に自身の記事が掲載。国内外有名ミュージシャン(渡辺貞夫、山下洋輔、日野皓正、佐山雅弘、本田雅人、タイガー大越、TOKU、エディー・ゴメス、向井滋春、他)との共演やセッションに多数参加。2010年4月には待望のファースト・アルバム「ノース・バード」をケニー・バロンやクリスチャン・マクブライド等を従えてニューヨークで録音し6月にレーベルKingよりメジャーデビュー。テレビ朝日「題名のない音楽会」に出演し、「夢は世界へ!話題のアーティスト2010」として、ピック・アップされる。同年夏、札幌シティ・ジャズに参加。また、9月に行われた「東京JAZZ」に招かれ、ジャズの大御所ロン・カーター(b)やオマー・ハキム(ds)等と共演し、世界中のジャズ・ファンを驚かせる。大晦日にはHTB朝日主催のジルベスター・コンサートで札幌交響楽団との共演を果たす。そして、2011年3月には高校を卒業、フランスとアフリカへ初の海外ツアーを敢行。4月には約一年振りにニューヨークでロン・カーターやケニー・バロン等のジャズ・レジェンドを迎えての2枚目のアルバム「ニューヨーク・アティチュード」を収録、6月にリリース。2011年の9月からジャズの本場アメリカの Berklee College of Musicより日本人初プレジデント・フルスカラーシップ(授業料、寮費免除)を取得し留学。2013年7月、ロン・カーターやケニー・バロンに加え、ドラムスのジミー・コブとレニー・ホワイトが参加した3枚目のアルバム「ブルキナ」をエイティ・エイツ・レーベルからリリース。2014年12月Berklee College of Musicを卒業し、2015年1月より活動の拠点をNew Yorkに移す。2016年1月4枚目のアルバム「ア・タイム・フォー・ラブ」をカナダのレーベルCellar Liveからリリース。