Archive for October, 2011
I found out that I’m the second Japanese female in the history of Berklee to teach on the piano faculty, the first was Toshiko Akiyoshi – I was surprised to find out many did not know her! Here she is in 1958, wow! If you didn’t know…she was a big fan of Bud Powell.
We’re very excited! Yoko is set to release her fifth CD, Live at Scullers Jazz Club on October 17. The eight songs were recorded at last year’s sold-out Scullers show. It includes three originals, including the popular “Mr. B.G.,” Yoko’s tribute to piano great Benny Green. She first made just 100 copies of the show’s recording, mostly as a memento for audience members, but got such a positive response (including regular play on WGBH–thanks Eric!) that the recording was re-mixed and mastered for a full release.
Scott Albin’s review of the Live CD on the JazzTimes Community site says, “She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity…” See more coverage here.
Yoko’s trio will return to Scullers in Boston on Thursday, November 17, for a CD release party. “Of course we want to go back there to celebrate,” she says. “You should be there too!”
If you’re in New York, come out to the CD release party on Friday, October 21 at Somethin’ Jazz Club (formerly Miles’ Jazz Cafe).
Stay tuned for more developments. . .