Just letting you know…

On next Thursday, April 26, Bonz Satoh 4 will be at G-Bar from 6PM to 10PM with 3 sets, no over nor minimum.

G-Bar is located on 579 Grand Concourse by 149th St & Grand Concourse Station of subway 2, 4, and 5. It’s literally “a minute” walk from subway exits. G-Bar’s entrance is facing Grand Concourse next to Haagen-Dazs. (Also you can enter from Giovanni’s Restaurant’s doors on 150th or Grand Concourse.)

Members are Bonz Satoh on sax, Akiko Tsuruga on org, Luciana Padmore on drums, and yours truly on vocal. We have been playing together from the last year (and Akiko and Luciana play together a lot in a different group as well.) Playing with them is always a pleasure to me. It may be a bit of travel to get to Bronx from where you live, but please think about it. 3 charming ladies (wink! wink!) and 1 gent. Perhaps it’s a bit unusual, but I assure you that you will be glad that you came out…

    Thursday, April 26
    from 6PM to 10PM

    Bonz Satoh 4 at G-Bar

    No Cover, No Minimum
    Family Italian fare!

    Bonz Satoh (sax)
    Akiko Tsuruga (org)
    Luciana Padmore (drs)
    and Mamiko Taira (voc)

    579 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
    (Subway 2/4/5 OR Bus BX19
    at 149th St & Grand Concourse Station)




Yuming Things 2

Bronxと言っても、かなり南端、East Harlemに隣接しているエリアなので、


Wedenesday, July 6
Bonz Satoh 4

at G-Bar
579 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY

from 6PM to 10PM

    Bonz Satoh (sax)
    Toru Dodo (key)
    Luciana Padmore (drums)
    Mamiko Taira (vocal)

No Cover, No Minimum

そして!Yuming Things 2いよいよ明日です。

June Schedule

June and July look like a kind of
“mentally and musically occupied months” to be – at least in my book.
A handful of great surprises awaits…

For tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1, Bonz Satoh Quartet kicks off the month of June right (every first Wednesday of the month). “G-Bar” is a Bronx local favorite harmoniously neighbors next to East Harlem across the river, and it is a part of an Italian Restaurant, Giovanni’s. You can take 2, 4, or 5 trains and get off at 149th St & Grand Concourse. Or take a cross town bus, M 19 from West/East Harlem if you are an uptowner. Bonz Satoh 4 is Bonz Satoh on Sax, Akiko Tsuruga on Organ, Luciana Padmore on drums, and Mamiko Taira on vocal.

Monday Jazz at NB Lounge runs from 8PM till 11PM on every Monday, and my regular pianist Toru Dodo will be here the entire month of June except Monday, June 13. I am positive he will be away often in Summer like any other Summer, so be sure to catch us together in June.

Who’s going to play for the 13th? For now, I am undecided, and I may even consider doing solo gig on that day just for fun. (how unusual the occasion would be?) Please come back to this site to check to see if I made up my mind doing it or got someone for that day. OR you will be notified if you add yourself to my mailing list :) Drop me a line: mamiko@mmkmmk.com

Fanfare, please!

On Wednesday, June 22, I will be at Tomi Jazz from 9-11:30PM. For this time, 3 outstanding musicians are with me: Toru Dodo on piano, Steve Whipple on bass, and Tomoaki Kanno on drums. It is a great pleasure to work with them, and I am looking forward to playing at Tomi Jazz.

Besides I had performed in Japan in last year, I haven’t present any performance in my own quartet setting. I believe the last time I had my leader quatert gig in the US was… 2 years ago. It’s about a time, isn’t it? I think so, too.

AND a sneak blurb…

In last year, 2010, on March 3, Yuming Things were held at the Triad Theater presented 16 musical gems from Yumi Matsutoya songbook performed by 4 jazz singers backed with the finest Japanese jazz men in New York. It was a great success that gave us overwhelming responses from audiences to musicians. I, as the project lead, couldn’t decide if this show should give one more shot as the series or just leave it as one time only deal. I gave a lot of thought and decided to do it again, and for this time, I will go with a simple and small, but mighty quartet to deliver our acoustic rendition of Yumi (Arai) Matsutoya music teamed up with Senri Oe as a musical collaborator and Hiroshi Kono of Mar Creation as a production collaborator. In addition, we’ll have Yoshi Waki on bass and Yutaka Uchida on drums to complete the band.

I would like you to mark your calendar on Thursday, July 7 from 7 to 11. More details to come. Please stay tuned. This year’s Tanabata is going to be very special…

June 2011

    Mondays, June 6, 20, and 27
    @NB Lounge from 8PM to 11PM
    with Toru Dodo (piano)

    Monday, June 13
    @NB Lounge from 8PM to 11PM
    * I may end up doing Solo. Let’s see…

    111 E56th Street
    (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
    New York, NY 10022
    No Cover, No Minimum

    Wednesday, June 22
    @ Tomi Jazz from 9PM to 11:30PM
    239 East 53rd Street, Lower Level
    (Bet 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
    New York, NY 10022

    Mamiko Taira (vocal)
    Toru Dodo (piano)
    Steve Whipple (bass)
    and Tomoaki Kanno (drums)

April Schedule (and few lines of blah x3)

Before we close the third chapter of 2011,
I have one more date at NB Lounge.
How can I skip this and go on?

The very last Monday of March, on the 28th, NB Lounge will have
Art Hirahara on piano and yours truly, Mamiko on vocal.
My famous “Pray for Japan Tip Jar” continues throughout the month of March,
and the 28th isn’t the exception. All your tip jar proceeds will be donated to
Japan Disaster Relief Fund (The first 2 weeks’ donation was sent to
GlobalGiving – FYI).

    Monday, March 28
    at NB Lounge
    from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

    No Cover/No Minimum

    NB Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel
    111 E56th Street
    (bet Park and Lex)
    New York, NY 10022

OK. Now, let’s talk about my April schedule.

In the first weekend of April,
Saturday, April 2nd at At Central Park Naumburg Bandshell.
I will be performing with Toru as part of this Japan relief charity event,
Hand in Hand Project ~for Japan~.”
We are thinking of doing Japanese songs. (yay!)

Also, in the same event, our good friends,
Mari Koga and Chiemi Nakai will perform as well
(They will be billed as “Afronaughtica.”)
On one fine day, at one fine event in the park,
we gather together for a great cause.
Please join us at Central Park Naumburg Bandshell on
Saturday, the 2nd.

    Saturday, April 2
    Hand in Hand Project ~for Japan~
    @ At Central Park Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets)
    from 12 (noon) to 3PM

    (Contemporary Afro-Cuban & Jazz Unit by Chiemi Nakai & Mari Koga)
    Kenichi Ebina
    Mamiko Taira + Toru Dodo
    (Jazz Duo)

    Monday, April 4
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Yoshi Waki (bass)

    Wednesday, April 6
    @ G-Bar
    from 6 PM to 10 PM
    579 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

    Bonz Satoh (sax),
    Akiko Tsuruga (organ),
    Luciana Padmore (drums),
    Mamiko Taira (vocal)

    Monday, April 11
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Art Hirahara (piano)

    Monday, April 18
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Toru Dodo (piano)

    Monday, April 25
    @ NB Lounge from 7:30 PM to 11PM
    with Toru Dodo (piano)

NB Lounge is located on
111 E56th Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10022
No Cover, No Minimum

Almost Spring,
almost April,
and almost weekend.
A vague line of “is” and “almost,”
its distance looks closer than we see
and farther than we feel.
This morning’s snow might be your sigh, Winter.
The sigh makes us feel guilty, and
remind us how much we tried to love you, but we couldn’t.
Don’t be sad, Winter.
You surely will come back and stay with us…