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Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!

Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!
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The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival will be launching June 25-27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world.
The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival will be launching June 25-27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world. Featuring a “who’s who” of American Jazz Greats, with a treasure trove of Jazz music’s future stars there will be something for everyone during this multi-day event that features three groups per night.

The New York Japanese Jazz Festival will take place for three nights at SMOKE Jazz Club, and will feature a number of musician’s representative of the East Coasts whose native roots are in the Japanese Culture. From NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson’s longtime organist Akiko Tsuruga and Roy Hargrove’s last pianist Tadataka Unno to newly discovered talents like 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition Winner & the Late Show with Stephen Colbert featured guest Rina Yamazaki and The Maguire Twins, there will be something for all fans across the jazz spectrum.

“I am very excited to have the such amazing artistry represented from the Japanese Nationals we have chosen for our festival.” says Festival Executive Director & Producer Vincent Herring. “In a world where everything has taken on an air of divisiveness is great to see that not only music, but Jazz specifically is still having positive cultural influences, and bridging gaps to bring us closer together. That’s what this music does, and it is my hope that this will be the first of many more festivals to come.” The festival starts on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, with the following schedule:

Tuesday, June 25

The Akiko Tsuruga Quartet featuring Fukushi Tainaka (Drums) with Jerry Weldon (Tenor Saxophone); and Ed Cherry (Guitar); at 9:00 pm (EST) the Takahiro Izumikawa Quartet featuring Vincent Herring (Alto Saxophone) takes the stage, with Paul Bollenback (Guitar), and McClenty Hunter (Drums); and the Tomoaki Baba Quartet closes the first night’s performances at 10:30 pm (EST) with William Gorman (Organ); Tommaso Gambini (Guitar); and Johnathan Barber (Drums).

Wednesday, June 26

The Tadataka Unno Trio with Essiet Essiet (Bass); followed at 9:00 pm (EST) by the Miki Hayama Quintet featuring Mark Shim (Tenor Saxophone & EWI) with Jamie Baum (Flute); Matt Brewer (Bass), and Kweku Sumbry (Drums); while the Rina Yamazaki Trio closes the night at 10:30 pm (EST) with Tamir Shmerling (Bass) and Eviatar Slivnik (Drums).

Thursday, June 27

The Migiwa Miyajima Sextet with John Mosca (Trombone); Ben Kono (Reeds); Matt Holman (Trumpet); Phil Palombi (Bass); and Chris Smith (Drums); followed at 9:00 pm (EST) by the Erena Terakubo & Nana Quintet featuring David Kikoski (Piano); Daniel Duke (Bass), and Louis Hayes (Drums); and the festival closes at 10:30 pm (EST) with The Maguire Twins Quartet featuring Steve Nelson (Vibes) and Benito Gonzalez (Piano).

For more information, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to arrange for artist interviews, please visit newyorkjapanesejazzfest.com or email nyjpjazzfest@gmail.com. To purchase tickets in advance or to see the entire club schedule, please visit smokejazz.com.

This story appears courtesy of Nu Jazz Publicity.
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