Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

Music May 2, 2013

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

by Shaun McKenna

Pianist Junko Onishi will come out of retirement to perform one more time, at the finale of this year's Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. According to a statement released Friday, the 46-year-old musician was convinced to come back to the stage by overtures ...

The first lady of Japanese jazz comes home

Music Apr 25, 2013

The first lady of Japanese jazz comes home

by Sean Smith

For Japanese jazz musicians these days, going to the United States to further mastery of the genre is a much-pursued rite of passage. This route has enabled a number of acts to gain international recognition and success.

Playwright imprint focuses on newer jazz acts

Music Apr 18, 2013

Playwright imprint focuses on newer jazz acts

by Sean Smith

At a time when stories about declining music sales are frequent and major labels aren't investing in new talent, hearing about an indie label like Playwright is music to the ears. The young jazz label's first release came out in October, and in the space ...

Miho Hazama starts a journey

Music Jan 23, 2013

Miho Hazama starts a journey

by Sean Smith

It's believed that time spent living abroad can be a journey of self-discovery, and for Miho Hazama that has certainly been the case. Moving to New York to study for a master's degree in jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) was ...

Music | JAZZ NOTES Jan 10, 2013

Building off that four-letter word — 'jazz'

by Sean Smith

Something I've noticed recently when browsing the jazz sections of record shops is the proliferation of sub-genres among the Japanese artists. Just hearing the names is enough to get a fan excited about the apparent explosion of creativity. For example, postrock jazz acts such as ...