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End of Quarantine!

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 12:25 AM

Thank you for supporting us through this quarantine, I had 2 online shows at Monks Jazz Club with limited live audiences sponsored by Austin Jazz Society Project Safety Net, and last night was the last show for this series also. I had blust. Thank you for everyone, thank you thank you.


The first booked gig at Elephant Room in this year actually got postponed, and I couldn't make it for new date and time, so I should let go though now my very first Elephangt Room gig will be with the Jitterbug Vipers, June 23rd Happy Hour 6pm - 8pm, i am crossing my fingers not to be postponed also!

Mitch Watkins concert at Monks Jazz Club --------------------------

Mitch Watkins guitar, Sean Giddings piano, Chris Meresh bass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHehWQolQs0&t=2876s&ab_channel=MonksJazzClubMonksJazzClub

Alex Coke concert at Monks Jazz Club ------------------------------

Alex Coke wind, Bruce Saunders guitar, James Suter bass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD_gVOtD3NU&t=342s&ab_channel=MonksJazzClubMonksJazzClub


Big Success 'Sing Out!' and Elephant Room is BACK!

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 6:20 PM

Despite of the Thunderstorm condition, 'Sing Out!' turned out to the big success!

Weather was the worst until a few hours before downbeat, crews prepared outside festival stage with some fear of electrocution and damaging equipments with water, but

THEY DID IT!!  and

WE KILLED THE SHOW!!!!

We will travel to NYC next year to perform this show at the Rose Theatre Jazz at the Lincoln Center on June 21st 2022!!



And my first gig at Elephant Room just got booked on Sunday June 20th with Mitch Watkins Trio 9pm!

 

Its been more than 15 months since I played there last year!! Please come down!!


Sing Out! a Broadway Revue on June 3rd

Posted on May 18, 2021 at 7:55 PM



Sing Out!

Six Tony and Grammy award winners and nominees perform together some of Broadway’s most inspiring and life-affirming works. Sing Out! reimagines classic Broadway tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Sondheim to newer works from The Color Purple and Hadestown.

​Join us for an outdoor concert as Austin Artists Project in collaboration with Ground Floor Theatre brings this production to Austin June 3, 2021 at 8:00 PM.

Seating is by pods of up to 9 people... BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR.

PODS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

 

Tickets are pay what you can with a minimum of $25-- We recommend $150 per pod.

​Austin Artists Project will then take this show to The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in June 2022!


Almost re-opening 2021

Posted on May 13, 2021 at 8:45 PM

More than a year of pandemic is almost over, I am picking up some gigs.

Thank you for supporting me by donations, checking in with me, and sending me masks and presents.. I am really apprecited you all.

There are still many issues though I am very thankfull not to get Covid and got fully vaccinated.


I have a Broadway Musical Revue show is coming on June 3rd at Ground Floor Theatre outside, its called 'Sing Out!'.

Producer Mela Sarajane Daily, Austin Artist Project was featured on the magazine 'Austin Women" April issue.

here is the link http://issuu.com/austinwoman/docs/aw_apr_2021

ticket is here http://gft.ticketleap.com/sing



------- Six Tony and Grammy award winners and nominees perform together some of Broadway’s most inspiring and life-affirming works. Sing Out! reimagines classic Broadway tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Sondheim to newer works from The Color Purple and Hadestown.

​Join us for an outdoor concert as Austin Artists Project in collaboration with Ground Floor Theatre brings this production to Austin June 3, 2021 at 8:00 PM.

Seating is by pods of up to 9 people... BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR.

PODS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

 Tickets are pay what you can with a minimum of $25-- We recommend $150 per pod

​Austin Artists Project will then take this show to The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in June 2022!

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so, I will go to NYC to perform this show at Jazz at Lincoln Center June 21st 2022! I am very excited to start with such awesome news in 2021.




I also uploaded online concert videos at my video page I did while shutting down last year through Monks Jazz Club which just awarded as the Best virtual listening room of the Austin Chronicle pole 2020-21. please check out.

Mitch Watkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02-i3Muxod0&t=445s&ab_channel=MonksJazzClub

Peggy Stern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlRxi4gP6og&t=5s&ab_channel=MonksJazzClub

Alex Coke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1h6W1xUxBs&t=7s&ab_channel=MonksJazzClub



And whole through this school year, Austin Jazz Workshop delivered our 27th season 'John Coltrane' show through internet to AISD, RRISD, LISD schools. Big thanks for Michael Melinger who lead us and made this possible to more than 100 schools around Austin. 



And for last, one indie movie I played on 'A Swingin' Trio' (2011) just became available to watch on Youtube free movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWDc1cfwkI8&ab_channel=IndieRightsMoviesForFree

Still Quarantine-ing --- enjoy G.G.concert and film

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 7:35 PM

G.G. was featured in a short documentary film directed/produced by Mr. Yuta Yamaguchi, and debuted at screening of SXSW 2017. Right after SXSW, this film was screened in Yokohama Japan when we toured in Japan 2017 spring, big thanks for Mr. Koichiro Azami, and everyone who supported us to make it happened. Then, I heard this film went around to film festivals. So this film has not been publicly posted anywhere yet!

Special thanks to Jasga Austin Ms. Kako Ito who kindly produced our CD release concert in Austin 2016!

--- concert video is here http://youtu.be/a_JV4U0ttOE

Takana Miyamoto piano, Noriko Ueda, bass

Thank you Elephant Room, Sarah Sharp for producing house concert, Evan Arredondo for bass rental, Soki Yoshida for coming from Japan to film us, Collin Shook for piano tuning, Daniel Flemming for sound, Eric Dorris for photo!

And thank you so much Yuta san!!

We wanna get back in Austin someday!

--- short documentary film 'Jazz Abroad' http://youtu.be/arCombdf9UU

2020 -- featured on KUTX 'Love Austin Music Month' and 'Tribeza'

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 4:40 PM

I am very so sorry not to update news like ....2years! Here we are now in 2020, everyone quarantined from Covit 19 now

2018, and 19 had passed with light speed, Sarah Sharp got listed on Starbucks play list of 2019 fall, her song 'Phoebe's Dream' and 'For Your Love' were lotated in all the Starbucks shops in US. I don't know how many Starbucks in US but like hundreds or a thousand? 

This year, started with tragedy, my Jazz at Noon pianist, great composer and my dear friend Rich Harney passed away suddenly, unexpectedly.

It still hasn't settled on my heart, I just can't believe it. But please rest in peace Rich, we are continued playing his tons of great compositions.


In February, I was featured in the video produced by KUTX 98.9 Austin TX with the Jitterbug Vipers, this was filmed early last year.



And, in March, I was included in the Tribeza magazine article of female drummers in Austin TX, too!

click here to read the article! http://tribeza.com/magazine-currentissue/


Now, we are all sealed at home at least until May 1st, when all the bars and restaurants reopen.

We just started streaming our shows from our home, like dozens of Austin local musicians, because of that Austin is the live music capital of the world, no live means no job, no income for us. Our patron organizatiin Black Fret started fundraising live stream show for us all.

Sarah Sharp got listed on last Thursday, we played in highly risk managed circumstance, outdoor stage of the Stoltz Garden.

please watch us here, we starts around 30 minutes from begining  http://www.facebook.com/BlackFret/videos/240192700484142/ 

And they are keep streaming for fundraising, keeping Austin as the Live music capital of the world. Please check thier website, watch how we are doing, become the Black Fret member!

http://blackfret.org/



Happy New Year 2018!

Posted on January 7, 2018 at 12:05 AM

Happy New Year y'all! 

yes, 2017 was very dramatic, and god speed. I had a couple of new recordings in fall, Sarah Sharp won Black Fret major grant and we played at Paramount Theatre for Black Fret Ball, it was a great night. She is nominated for Austin Music Poll 2017-18 with 2categories right now, please visit 

http://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/  for voting for her!

On the other hand, my 'Masumi and the Gentlemen's residency at Lamberts ended the end of 2017, it had been goin on 6 years. I am very grateful. Thanks y'all!!


summer is over

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 12:05 AM

After Lulu Fest, I am having a pretty mellow (HOT) summer. Yesterday was a big Eclipce day in US, now I feel like summer is almost over.

rest of 2017, I have 3 residence gigs.

every Tuesday

----- 6-8pm Sarah Sharp at Elephant Roomhttp://www.elephantroom.com/

                 Mitch Watkins (g), Pat Harris (b)

1st & 3rd Monday

----- 6-8pm Jitterbug Vipers at Elephant Roomhttp://www.elephantroom.com/

                 Bree Romeo (v), Greg Harkins (g/v), Francie Meaux Jeaux (b)

3rd Thursday

----- 9-11pm 35mm at Firehousehttp://www.firehousehostel.com/

                 Claude McCan (v/key), Fumihito Sugawara (g), Alan Uribe (b)

also long time regular gig Jitterbug Vipers on Wednesday, Masumi and Gentelmen on Thursday at Lamberts are still on, but too many Happy Hour 2nd stairs private parties replace us, so not much happening right now.

Please come down to say hi to me sometime!


LuluFest Austin

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM

I am so proud to get involved in this new Austin Music Festival!

LuluFest 2017

article about LuluFest on All About Jazz  

http://news.allaboutjazz.com/1st-annual-lulufest-presented-by-peggy-stern-in-austin-tx-june-3-features-women-led-bands.php

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704 

LuluFest Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/LuLuFestATX/

Ritenuto Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the St. Edward’s University Music Department, is proud to announce its first annual Austin women-led band Festival: LuluFest, to be held on June 3rd, 2017, in the newly renovated Jones Auditorium, situated in the Ragsdale Center, on the St. Ed’s campus.

The focus of this one-day event (concerts and workshops) will be women bandleaders — both seasoned and up-and-coming, who are making their music the focus of their lives. The evening concert line-up is outstanding: trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen and Helen Sung (world-class pianist) will be coming from New York City, guitarist Albanie Falletta (based in New Orleans), vocalist Susanna Sharpe, and vocalist Suzi Stern. The evening concludes with pianist Peggy Stern’s Estrella Salsa in a jam with all the players.

◤CONCERTS◥

5 PM: Albanie Falletta Trio, featuring Masumi Jones

6 PM: Susanna Sharpe Brazilian Quartet

7 PM: Ingrid Jensen Quartet

8 PM: Helen Sung Trio

9 PM: Estrella Salsa, featuring Suzi Stern, Joey Colarusso, Ingrid Jensen, Daniel Durham, Michael Longoria and Peggy Stern

◤WORKSHOPS◥

The workshops will focus on basic jazz improv skills, not only for students already into jazz, but also those who are classically trained and think they might enjoy improvisation.

The workshops will be instrument specific: Piano (Helen Sung); Trumpet (Ingrid Jensen); Vocals (Suzi Stern); Drums (Masumi Jones).

12-1:30 PM in the Carriage House (music building at St. Ed’s).

2-3:30PM: Masterclass will be held in Jones Auditorium, the building adjacent.

Get your tickets!

Ticket : http://lulu-fest.ticketleap.com/lulufest-2017/

G.G. Japan Tour 2017 --- Big Success! Huge Thanks!

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 9:10 PM

G.G. Japan Tour 2017、おかげさまで大盛況、皆さんに感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです!

水戸のガールトークさんでは去年のミニツアーに続き2度目の出演だったのですが、木曜日という平日にもかかわらず、たくさんの客様にお越しいただき、個人的には26年ぶりとなる中高時代のお友達にあえて、最高でした!演奏後はラジオの収録もあって名物のナポリタングラタン(?)を食べながらわいわいさせていただきました。

モーションブルーヨコハマも120人を超えるお客様にお越しいただき、幕間にはGGの映画(今年のSXSWでも上映された、GGオースティンツアー2016の際ヤマグチユウタ監督によって製作された短編ドキュメント)上映、アフターパーティー、飛び入りしてくださったTOKUさん、もう盛り上がりすぎました!

最後の大阪では今回のスペシャルゲストリュウミホちゃんがこられなかったので、満員のチャペルの中GGオリジナルピアノトリオのみのとてもスピリチュアルなコンサートとなりました。

どのコンサートもたくさんのお客様、スタッフの皆様、楽器を貸してくださったお友達、みなさんに感謝感謝です!ありがとうございました!また20年と待たずに日本ツアーができますように!



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