Asian American Jazz Festival October 30-November 1

(This is a copy of the latest email notice I sent out)

Greetings, friends and family!

It’s been awhile since I sent out an email notice of my gigs-I’ve actually been pretty busy playing, and of course I’ve been busy with this little girl:

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  Expect more gratuitous baby pics in the future.

I’ve been getting a number of inquiries as to where I’ve been playing, and for those of you who are interested, I have an RSS feed that lists my upcoming gigs now.  You can go to this link:

feed://feeds.feedburner.com/garyfukushimagigs

Some browsers will let you view the posts directly, others will ask you to subscribe to the feed.  It’s a good alternative to me spamming you guys all the time.

I do, however, wish to let you all know about a very special event that’s happening in downtown LA this weekend, from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 1.  It’s the First Annual Asian American Jazz Festival, produced by Cafe Metropol impresario Paul Im.  There are 16 different shows over three days, featuring a lot of incredibly talented Asian born and Asian American artists.  You can check out the website at this link:

http://www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com/home.html

Despite the name, it must be noted that while this is the first festival of its kind here in Los Angeles, it is not the first AAJF, just the latest in a long line of festivals that have been put on over the past two decades, mostly in San Francisco and Chicago.  Hopefully this event will continue the long standing tradition of highlighting and promoting Asian American excellence in jazz and creative music.  I am especially excited to see that pianist and composer Jon Jang, one of the founders of the Asian American Jazz movement, will be speaking at this festival.  You can read my own take on the history of Asian American Jazz by clicking here.

I myself am involved with four of the 16 groups performing at the festival. On Friday 10/30 I have two different shows, one at noon 12:30pm with alto saxophonist Ian Vo, and another at 3:30pm with vocalist Sharmila Guha. On Saturday 10/31at 5pm I’m playing with bassist and tap guitarist Kai Kurosawa.

To close out the festival on Sunday I am honored to kick off the main event with my own trio at the Democracy Forum in the Japanese American National Museum.  I’ll be doing a few of my own originals as well as a number of arrangements of more familiar material that I hope to include in an upcoming recording.  My show is the first of many outstanding shows that day, culminating with a rare solo piano set by international pianist sensation Hiromi.

One final note, due to my own neglect and an oversight by my web host, my website has been hijacked by some guy in China who is holding my domain name for ransom, so as of now garyfukushima.com no longer works.  I am working to find a solution to this and also to design a more current, better working website, which might not be up for a number of weeks.  I will let you all know once I resolve this.  Until then, my rss feed is the best way to find out when and where I will be playing.

Hope to see you this weekend!

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