Music in the Month of November

2 12 2012

Not a whole lot going on and kind of sporadic but nevertheless some great music during November.

Firstly I’m missing any record of having gone to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra perform at the Orchard Hall on Saturday, November 17.  Big band music is always fun.

Sunday, November 18, the top flamenco guitarist in Japan, Jin Oki @ Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall inside Coredo Muromachi

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Thursday, November 22, the chopper bassist Larry Graham at Billboard Live Tokyo.


Sunday, November 25, lovely lovely noon at the newly renovated Tower Records Shibuya.

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Sunday, November 25 with Keshia Chanté at Shibuya O-East.


Monday, November 26.  Such a lovely venue, such great vibe.  Elizabeth Shepherd @ Anjin @ Daikanyama T-Site attached to the Tsutaya Bookstore.


One more Elizabeth Shepherd event @ the Oscar Peterson Theatre, Embassy of Canada in Japan.  Elizabeth is Canadian.


Music Since March 11th

4 06 2011

With the events of March 11th went all entertainment activities in Tokyo, especially shows of overseas artists due largely to their absence but also because of our conscience that told us to stay away from entertainment and going out altogether.

Things slowly started to go back to normal in April and by the end of the Golden Week, as far as Tokyo was concerned, the live scene had pretty much gone back to the way things were.

My musical activities since the earthquake.

Saturday, April 9:  Rasmus Faber @ Ageha/Studio Coast

Tuesday, May 17:  CreoleJoe @ Blue Note Tokyo

Friday, May 20:  Maia Hirasawa @ Akasaka Blitz

Wednesday, May 25:  Tropical Jazz Big Band @ Sweet Basil 139

Friday, May 27:  Shakatak @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Saturday, May 28:  Finland Fest @ O-West & Liquid Room

Friday, June 3:  Michael Monroe & Hardcore Superstar @ Studio Coast

Saturday, June 4:  Tawoyame Orquesta !!! @ Moon Romantic

Music is power.

Moriya Junko Orchestra @ the Nikkei Hall

10 02 2011

My good friend jazz pianist/composer/arranger/big band leader and the winner of the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition Junko Moriya ( pulled off yet another successful concert hall show at the Nikkei Hall tonight.

Hats off to her for presenting a great musical experience as well as making this kind of engagement work by being the organizer and the performer at the same time which I’m sure is not easy.  I was happy for her for the good turnout and for the good fun I had.

And it was a treat to be at this concert hall for the first time.

Junko’s website:

Platina Jazz Orchestra

11 01 2011

Animé jazz.  It works.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra Featuring Hilary Kole

20 11 2010

@ the Cotton Club Friday night.

How lovely.  😀   She was behind the counter autographing CDs (and being the sales clerk!?) after show.

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