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  • 02

    Benny Oyama Trio 10:00 pm to Midnight

    All day
    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

    Takeshi Asai Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    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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    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    277 Church St, NY, United States
    277 Church St, NY, United States

    Born in New Haven,Connecticut, Ed moved to New York in 1978 to play guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie’s quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, ‘First Take’ (Groovin’ High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D’Riveras’ small group which recorded “Havana Cafe” (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded  three cds with Henry’s ‘Very Very Circus’ group.

    In 1995, Cherry released his second project as a solo artist, entitled A Second Look (Groovin’ High Records). During that same period Ed worked with Hammond organist John Patton recording three critically acclaimed cds with Patton’s quartet-‘Blue Planet Man’,’Minor Swing’ and ‘This ones for Jah'(DIW). From 1997 to 1998, Cherry worked in Roy Hargrove’s “Crisol” Latin jazz band, which performed in Havana, Cuba. During this same period, he also worked w/baritone saxophonist, Hamiett Bluiett, recording Bluiett’s cd ‘With Eyes Wide Open’ on Justin-Time records.In 2001, Cherry toured Europe for the first time with his own group. He also released his  cd, ‘The Spirit Speaks’ on the Canadian Justin Time Records label, inspired by the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith with whom he had also recently worked.Ed was asked to perform at the ‘Vodaphone Madarao Jazz festival’in 2002 in Madarao Japan with his quartet featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis.

    More recently , Ed toured with the great Hammond organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, recording one critically acclaimed cd, ‘In The Beginning’ on Pilgrimage Records in 2012. 

    Currently Ed has a brand new second recording released on Posi-Tone Records. (‘It’s All Good’ his first release in 2012 for Posi-Tone stayed in the JazzWeek charts for 3 months) his second recording for the label is titled “Soul Tree” ( release date February 19 2016 ) featuring Kyle Koehler on Hammond B3 organ and drummer Anwar Marshall. As of this pre release date, it’s already gathering rave reviews.

    Ed continues to work nationally and internationally ; concerts, workshops, jazz clubs.

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




  • 30

    Mamiko Taira Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    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.