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New York Japanese Jazz Festival Celebrates Inaugural Edition

The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival launched June 25 – 27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world.

The New York Japanese Jazz Festival takes place for three nights at SMOKE Jazz Club, and features a number of musician’s representative of the East Coasts whose native roots are in the Japanese Culture. From NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson’s longtime organist Akiko Tsuruga and Roy Hargrove’s last pianist Tadataka Unno, to newly- discovered talents like 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition Winner Rina Yamazaki and The Maguire Twins, there’s something for all fans across the jazz spectrum.

“I am very excited to have the such amazing artistry represented from the Japanese Nationals we have chosen for our festival.” says festival executive director and producer Vincent Herring. “In a world where everything has taken on an air of divisiveness is great to see that not only music, but Jazz specifically is still having positive cultural influences, and bridging gaps to bring us closer together. That’s what this music does, and it is my hope that this will be the first of many more festivals to come.”

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