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East – West Alliance with Maya Hatch @ Seasons
October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East – West Alliance with Maya Hatch
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019: 6:00 PM
Jay Thomas Brings the Best Japanese Players Together with The Best of the Northwest
Jay Thomas, trumpet player, regularly tours Japan with a great ensemble of American and Japanese jazz musicians who are showing the world that jazz is a universal language. Now this”East West Alliance” is touring the Northwest, including the Seasons.
Jay Thomas has these words to say about the Super Group.
“Kohama Yasuhiro is the leader of the East West Jazz Alliance. Kohama sudied from Barry Harris in New York and also studied privately with Jimmy Heath. Kohama hails from Hiroshima originally and is now based out of Nagoya Japan. Kohama is a jazz zealot and he works tirelessly 24 / 7 spreading the gospel of jazz and what it means as a metaphor and a higher way of life for humans. He is truly an advanced human being and he has a jazz Orchestra that just keeps evolving and getting better every year. I have been playing with Kohama for 22 years now. He changed my life in so many ways. He introduced me to the joys of being part of a group. Before I met him i was always alone.
Atsushi Ikeda is a premier alto saxophonist . Atsushi is at the apex of the Tokyo scene appearing in many groups including CUG and No Name Horses run by Mokoto Ozone. Atsushi has been on hundreds of CD’s and used to have a group with Marcus Belgrave . Marcus Belgrave is the trumpet soloist on so many Ray charles albums.
Daisuke Kurata is a first call drummer in Japan who used to live in NY and and recorded with Grady Tate and used to play at the Sportsman’s Club in Harlem as well as Cleopatra’s Needle and many Manhattan night spots. Daisuke traveled to Cuba to increase his skill at Afro Cuban music as well as American jazz.
Maya Hatch is a vocalist who resides in Japan now. Maya has deep roots in the NW and graduated from Roosevelt High and later the New School in NY. Maya has recorded with Gerald Clayton and others. Maya is bi-racial and speaks fluent Nihongo . Maya’s mother is japanese and her father American.
Phil sparks is a first call bass player in Seattle and also happens to be bi-racial. Phil’s mother is Japanese and his father African American. Phil plays with many groups and currently plays the bass chair with SRJO seattles premier big band.
The ” kid ” in the band is Yuuki Hirate. Yuuki is 25 years old now and lives in Japan. Yuuki is quickly establishing his credentials in the jazz world wherever he performs. A summer ago I had him perform at Tulas Jazz Club in Seattle. Yuuki was amazing everyone with his chops and taste and command of the jazz language. At one point in the evening he played his trumpet with his right hand and played unison lines with his left hand on piano. the people who were already amazed were on the floor after that!”