|February 2006 Newsletter|
|2/19/2018 4:19:02 AM - The ground hog saw its shadow, as if to forewarn our first snowstorm which just hit recently here in New YOrk, reminding us that Winter is still at its peak. I hope everyone is keeping warm and healthy. Some recent news:|
CHICAGO PERFORMANCE ON FEBRUARY 17, FRIDAY! -- We're days away from our performance in Chicago at the Hot House. It's the promoter's birthday that day as well, Eric Williams of the Silver Room (a great shop in the Windy City with all kinds of accessories and gear), who is also one of my supporters of the Routes project as a silver participant. It's going to be a kicking band again and I'm psyched to be back there.
THE HOT HOUSE
31 E. Balbo
Chicago, IL 60605
$20 pre-order tickets, $25 door
Henry Hey - keyboards
Tim Lefebvre - bass
Johnathan Blake - drums
Seamus Blake - tenor and soprano sax
Alex Sipiagin - trumpet and flugelhorn
Doors open at 9:00
Theaster Gates opens at 10:00
We're on at 11:00
ROUTES CD RELEASED IN JAPAN -- Routes has hit stores in Japan on February 8, giving my Japanese audience another opportunity to check out this wonderful album (in my humble opinion!). The Tokyo HMV stores have really been supportive, with display stands and listening booths giving wider visibility to its release, which is much appreciated.
LOVE FROM THE PRESS ON ROUTES -- I've been getting a lot of love from the press both here in the U.S. and in Japan. One of the most exciting for me is that the U.S. jazz magazine Down Beat will have a piece on me in the near future, pretty wild considering I'm not even a jazz artist! Many of the interviews I did in Japan in December are out now on the magazine stands, and there are several that can be seen online. Here are some links to articles and interviews:
Miles Davis band member Foley's page (if you're not hip to it, this is a great site, check it out):
FEBRUARY/MARCH JAPAN TOUR -- The days are drawing close to my upcoming Japan tour.
February 25: Shibuya HMV in-store event
February 26: Tokyo Bunkakaikan (duet with my mother)
February 28-March 1: Club Ikspiari (with my band)
March 2: Liquid Room (Live DVD recording concert with my band)
March 3-4: Blue Note, Osaka (with my band)
March 10: Hotel With, Fukuoka (duet with guitarist Naohiko Higuchi)
For more information, check out my "events" link at my website.
TOKYO BUNKAKAIKAN CONCERT -- As many of you know, foremost on my mind and preparation has been the February 26 duet concert with my mother at the Tokyo Bunkakaikan (Cultural Center). We are in the middle of several rehearsals here in New York and I have decided to chronicle them through blogs, which can be viewed in the news section of my home website:
I'll be updating these as time goes on and I'm also working on getting a (bootleg!) mp3 recording of one of the rehearsals as well as the actual performance, so please come back to check it out!
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI COMPILATION OUT! -- The Shibuya Jazz Classic compilation of my mother's work which I was asked to select is now out in the stores through Ultra Vybe in Japan! The cover in particular is dear to me, a picture of me as a baby sitting atop the piano as my mother plays and looks at me with motherly love. I've posted the English liner note on my website, although the CD will have an edited version in Japanese.
IN CLOSING -- I'm sure many of
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