Thursday, October 22, 2009

☞ LISTEN: Jazz's New Japanese Voice

Are the Japanese ladies taking over the Harlem Jazz scene? Asako Takasaki (top photo) was discovered jamming at St. Nick's Pub and will be performing at Shrine this Friday, Akiko Tsuraga (second photo) plays the ivories at Showman's this month, Kay Mori (third photo) performs at St. Nick's every Tuesday and Sugar Hill resident Nabuko Kiryu (last photo) just recently wrapped up a performance at Showman's. What most Americans do not know is that jazz is a highly admired art form in Japan and many Japanese students study it fervently with many dreaming of making their way to New York. Stay tuned for updates to catch some of this new international talent when they perform locally.

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