Join us for a celebration of jazz in San Francisco’s Japantown on September 10th! Japantown’s location next to the “Harlem of the West”, the Fillmore has led to it becoming a hotbed for cutting edge jazz throughout the years. There are many vibrant musicians and groups that have grown up on the music and now push it forward by incorporating Japanese instruments into their sound. To celebrate this community and sounds we’ve recruited three leading groups of musicians from Japantown to celebrate. We’ll also launch the celebration with an opening by Taiko performance by Genryu Arts Gen Ensemble.
Performing on Saturday will be the Asian American Jazz Trio
Consisting of critically acclaimed musicians Anthony Brown, Mark Izu and Masura Koga, the Asian American Jazz Trio presents music that blends the sonorities and improvisational approaches of the jazz tradition with Asian musical instruments and sensibilities. Since 1997, the trio are leaders in San Francisco’s Asian American creative music movement and founded the Asian American Jazz Orchestra (AAJO). They have performed in collaboration with San Jose Taiko, toured and performed a series of extended works composed respectively by Brown, Izu and Jang.
**CAAM Members! Visit us at our table at this event for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Anthony Brown’s Asian American Trio at historic Yoshi’s on Sunday, September 11th!!**
Not a member? It’s easy to join at caamedia.org/support/membership/
Other performers on Saturday include:
Saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu
Francis Wong Unit
A CELEBRATION OF ASIAN AMERICAN JAZZ
September 10, 2011, 2pm – 8pm
Japantown Peace Plaza, Post & Buchanan Streets, San Francisco