Photos from Yoko’s show at the Regattabar

May 21st, 2014

Thanks so much to photographer Caroline Alden for these wonderful shots from the trio’s show at the Regattabar on April 25!

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At least 5 more chances to see Yoko in May!

May 13th, 2014

7852889576_d8d52e677d Hi folks! If you’ve been thinking, “My May won’t be complete unless I see Yoko Miwa,” then we’ve got great news for you. Yoko is playing at least five more shows this month in the Boston area.

Hope to see you at one of these shows!

You CAN get there from here: Yoko heads to New Hampshire!

May 6th, 2014

This Sunday, May 11, Yoko plays at The Press Room, 77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth, NH. The show starts at 4:30. Yoko is featured on the Foster’s Daily Democrat website. Hope to see you there!

kentMeanwhile, our blogger, Jason Crane, shares this story about his one and only visit to Portsmouth:

“My some-number-of-greats grandfather, Stephen Flanders, arrived in Portsmouth in 1638. Three hundred and sixty-two years later, his some-number-of-greats grandson visited the city on my birthday for a whale watch. I’d been on boats my whole life, but on this day, I suddenly developed a case of seasickness. No problem, I figured, we’ll be out on the water for an hour or so and I’ll tough it out.

“But no, the whale watch lasted six hours. And for the whole of that time, we chased the same minke whale around the Atlantic. Every time this little whale popped his or her head above the water, the captain would shout ‘Whale!’ and off we’d go in hot pursuit. I was green from head to toe.

“After we got off the boat, my friends and I headed to dinner. And although I was a little wobbly after hours of whale chasing, we had some amazing food in the lovely downtown.”

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Image credit: “Moby Dick or the Whale by Herman Melville.” Rockwell Kent, American, 1882 1971. Book. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Gordon A. Block, Jr., 1943.

Yoko packs the Regattabar!

April 30th, 2014

yokoregattabar The Yoko Miwa Trio sold out the Regattabar this past week. A full house of 200 people listened to the trio’s show. Thanks to everyone who came out! And thanks to Caroline Alden for shooting photos of the performance. Up next, shows in Boston, Cambridge and Portsmouth (NH) all throughout the month of May. You can find a complete calendar of upcoming shows here.

On May 4, Yoko and the trio will play at a special ceremony honoring Boston jazz legend Fred Taylor, who will receive the Roy Haynes Award. The trio will serve as the house band for what promises to be a star-studded event. Hope to see you at one of the live shows!

Yoko is at the Regattabar on 4/25! Plus: a new video!

April 24th, 2014

Yoko plays at the Regattabar this Friday, April 25. Check out this great recommendation on The Arts Fuse site. From the preview:

The Boston pianist Yoko Miwa has an equal love for Bill Evans’ harmonic lyricism and Oscar Peterson’s driving swing, and she matches her own exploratory compositions with a taste for offbeat covers like Aerosmith’s “Seasons of Wither” and the Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun.” Which she plays as a medley — and it works.

Plus, check out the trio’s new promotional video:

More videos from the Blue Note, plus Regattabar tickets

April 16th, 2014

Here are two more videos from Yoko’s recent shows at the Blue Note in New York City. Thanks again to videographer Mariona Lloreta.

Want to see this music for yourself? Don’t miss Yoko at the Regattabar on April 25!

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VIDEO: Yoko Miwa at the Blue Note in NYC!

April 10th, 2014

Yoko recently played two shows at the Blue Note. Here’s the trio playing “Pathways.” This video was shot by Mariona Lloreta.

Would you like to see and hear this music for yourself? Come to the Regattabar in Boston on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets here.

Hartford!

April 3rd, 2014

Yoko played a solo piano show in Hartford, CT, recently. Here’s a beautiful photo of the performance, taken by Ray Shaw:

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Ken Vermes left a great comment under this photo on Yoko’s Facebook page: “If I walked into the Hartford Library and saw this — I would die and go to heaven!”

Yoko is playing a number of time in Boston and Cambridge throughout the month of April. Celebrate the springing of spring by supporting live jazz! Check out the shows page for details.

CT this weekend, plus a Blue Note review

March 26th, 2014

1009998_10152266948071620_568989318_n Yoko played two sets at New York’s famed Blue Note jazz club this past weekend. New York Music Daily said, “In her Blue Note debut yesterday, Yoko Miwa showed off a comfortable but hard-charging command of several jazz vernaculars.” Read the rest of the review here.

Yoko will be in Hartford (CT) this Sunday, March 30 for a free 3 p.m. show at the Hartford Public Library. Michael Hamad has a preview in the Hartford Courant. More information on the library’s Baby Grand Jazz series is here.

Yoko is at the Blue Note in NYC this weekend!

March 20th, 2014

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Yoko plays two shows this Sunday at the Blue Note, one of New York’s most famous jazz clubs. Both are brunch shows, the first at 11:30 and the second at 1:30. Tickets are available here.

Here are some facts about The Blue Note:

  • Founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan
  • Hosted many jazz giants, including Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield.
  • Features both the Monday Night Series and the bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series, which offer emerging jazz stars a chance to play the club, and which also present soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk.
  • The Blue Note in New York City is the first, but it isn’t the only Blue Note. There are Blue Note clubs in Milan (Italy) and in both Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan. [Note from Jason: I once took a master class with Michael Brecker at the Tokyo Blue Note.]

What the heck is a “blue note,” anyway? Rather than try to describe it myself, I turned to the internet’s foremost repository of all human knowledge (!), Wikipedia:

In jazz and blues, a blue note (also “worried” note) is a note sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale for expressive purposes. Typically the alteration is a semitone or less, but this varies among performers and genres.

Now you know, and, in the words of the 80s cartoon GI JOE, “knowing is half the battle.” Hope to see you on Sunday at the Blue Note!


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