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  • BLACU

    BLACU

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2019.08.03-2019.08.04

    From Brooklyn NY in this new age of music, BLACU is a fresh soul in the face of funk. Led by
    masterful guitarist and composer Yusuke Yamanouchi, BLACU’s sound is a deep blend of
    Japanese and western musical styles that remembers the old standards but embraces the
    new beat of the future. The group typically plays in the Greater New York City area and is
    preparing for their Japan tour in the winter 2019-2020. Yamanouchi previously released an
    album in 2017 with band trombonist and composer Christopher William Palmer under
    KeyLime Pie entitled “We Are Surviving This”.
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    Yusuke Yamanouchi – guitar
    Christopher William Palmer – trombone
    Yonghyun Lee – keys
    Yoshiki Yamada – bass
    Tomohiro Mori – drum

     

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  • Mari Koga Trio

    Mari Koga Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2019.08.17-2019.08.18

    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States

    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States

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    A Japanese born New Yorker, Mari Koga, has been singing professionally since her early 20’s. Early on, she won first prize at the 10th Annual Jetstream Young Vocalist contest. She was soon very much in demand as a young Jazz singer in Japan. 

    Mari moved to New York City to immerse herself in the New York jazz scene and started performing regularly at many popular venues in NYC. Eventually she reached the stages of New York’s prestige jazz clubs such as Blue Note, Birdland, Zinc bar and Subrosa etc. She also appeared as a re-imported singer at Japan’s top jazz venues such as Body & Soul, Jazz in Lovely and Royal Horse etc.  Mari has also performed in commercial films with clients such as the American Plastic Council and Marriot Hotels. 

    Mari also performed as a back up singer for salsa trombone player, Jimmy Bosch’s “La Orquesta de Jimmy Bosch” and appeared at various clubs and jazz festivals, including SOB’s and Savanna Music festival etc.

    Mari released her new album “PERFECT BLUE” in 2015 which contains her unique arrangements of jazz standards, Afro-Latin influenced original songs. Also a pair of Salsa and Flamenco Jazz, sung in Japanese. She successfully completed her “Perfect Blue release tour in Japan.” in 2015 and 2016.

    “Invitation”, the first track of the album hit No.1 on the most popular download of the month of All About Jazz in April 2015 and the Salsa song “Lluvia de Lagrimas” has been heavily rotated with some FM stations in US, Japan and Latin Americas. 

    Audiences have been delighted by her unique repertoire, which includes original songs and unusual arrangements of jazz standards with a touch of Afro-Latin, and by her throaty horn-like improvisational scatting style.

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  • Mamiko Taira(V) Trio Daisuke Abe(G) Yoshi Waki(B)

    Mamiko Taira(V) Trio Daisuke Abe(G) Yoshi Waki(B)

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2019.08.31-2019.09.01

    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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