Gary Fukushima Trio @ The Blue Whale March 12

Well, it’s been months since our last trio gig, but I’m really looking forward to this one.  The Blue Whale is a new club that has opened in Little Tokyo, in Weller Court on the corner of 2nd and San Pedro.  This place is a real breath of fresh air for the jazz musician community-it’s an ultra cool place with affordable drinks and great appetizers, it always seems to have plenty of people hanging out, it has great reviews on yelp, and the owner, Joon, is an absolute gentlemen who has nothing but the utmost respect for every single musician that he invites to perform.  He’s already scheduled the likes of Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Anthony Wilson, Walter Smith and Jamie Rosenn, with so many more clamoring to play here.  When I asked Joon why he decided to open his place, he told me “because the jazz community in LA needs this.”  Amen, brother!

JP has been on the road for most of the past six months with Lukas Nelson (yes, the son of Willie) but he’s back and the three of us are hoping to break in Miles’ new recording/rehearsal studio with a new trio recording (or two).  We’ll be doing a few gigs over the next few months trying out some new material as well as some of the stuff we’ve been playing for years but never recorded.

We’ll be playing on Friday from 9pm-12:30am, with guests to sit in towards the end.  Hope to see some of you!

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