JAPAN TOUR (Motion Blue Yokohama) of "GG", a trio of female jazz musicians active in the world
Well, this is the first time, so I interviewed a gorgeous female musician. JAPAN TOUR of "GG", a trio of female jazz musicians who are active in the world, was held at Motion Blue Yokohama on April 21st (Friday). The leader is Misty pianist Takana. And Noriko Ueda, a bassist from NY, and Jones, a drummer from Texas. I also made a guest appearance!
It's been 20 years since GG's three performers in Japan.
This is an interview with GG's thoughts on jazz and his impressions of this live performance.
–Please tell us how the GG members were formed.
Miyamoto: I met Boston in 1995. The three entered Berklee College of Music at about the same time, and I entered film scoring (the Department of Film Music), but before I knew it, I started playing jazz. After listening to the performances of Hiroshima-born drummer Jones Mitsumi and Hyogo-born bassist Noriko Ueda, who met at the music college, they hit it off and formed a trio to start their activities. It became a popular band in Boston, recorded the first album "Piece of Cake", released it in 1997, and toured Japan.
–What does GG think of jazz? ??
Miyamoto: Everyone has their own sense of sound and rhythm, and we can bring each culture together and collaborate improvise together there. It's like a champon hot pot (laughs) I think it's a wonderful art form that allows you to make sounds together even if you don't understand the language for the first time.
Ueda: What kind of taste you get depends on the ingredients and what you put in. It's easy to compare it to cooking (laughs)
— You are active both in Japan and abroad, are there any differences in your audience?
Jones: Americans start dancing. There are people who can dance music and start dancing if there is space.
Miyamoto: Some professional dancers also come to listen. The dance started round and round and it was very good.
Jones: Yeah, everyone looks at it (laughs) Many Japanese customers are looking at it seriously.
Miyamoto: Japan has a lot of respect for music, so they listen quietly and seriously. I'm glad you danced. (Smile)
— It's the GG Japan Tour with three people for the first time in 20 years, but how was Motion Blue Yokohama on the second day after the live performance? Did you remember the session of the three people directly?
Miyamoto: I was deeply moved by the sense of unity between the three people that hasn't changed over the years. The feeling of each song was infinite.
I also enjoyed planning the after party. Miho-chan Janken Tournament is too strong! (Smile)
Jones: In Japan, it's amazing and mysterious. But it was a lot of fun.
–Tonight's guest vocalist, Ryu MihHow was your GG collaboration with o?
Miyamoto: The entanglement between Miho and Mansumi was interesting (laughs), and I didn't think it was my first time meeting.
Ueda: Miho has a great sense of transparency, so the pureness overflowed from the moment I entered. That's why I think it appeals directly to my heart.
Miyamoto: The appearance of Miho-chan singing with her heart fully open was really nice.
Ryu: Thank you!
–Lastly, do you have a message for female readers! How to make it easier for women to go to jazz clubs?
Miyamoto: There are a lot of good-looking guys in the jazz club these days (laughs).
Jones: Really? (Smile)
Miyamoto: That's true. (Wink) But recently, the number of young female customers is increasing very much. Some people are familiar with it. I often play with male artists, but many come from afar. I'm happy.
Jones: Also, there are more male musicians in jazz.
Miyamoto: That's why I'd be happy if a woman came to the venue.
Ueda: For GG, I'm glad that women listen to it and sympathize with it.
Everyone: That's right! !!
How was it. The first "Woman in Jazz"
In Japan, I was able to have a valuable interview with GG, a female jazz trio who is active in the world jazz scene.
The performance started gently as if a woman had a conversation, and there were many beautiful and passionate scenes.
Also on this day, Kina's longtime music partner, Japan's only vocalist& Flugelhorn player TOKU came to play, and at the end, he jumped in and participated in the encore song "Let's walk upwards", and it was a gorgeous session!
You can do anything with jazz! It was also the moment when I realized that.
I think that the precious performances of the three people at the fashionable Motion Blue Yokohama became an unforgettable live performance for the audience.
I would like to continue to enthusiastically deliver to everyone who is reading what kind of jazz live is being held in Kanagawa every day and the voices of musicians who are currently active.
Please look forward to it! !!
[GG] Takana Miyamoto (p), Noriko Ueda (b), and Jones Mitsumi (d), who met in Boston, USA, formed a jazz trio [GG] and released their 1st album [Piece of Cake] in the United States. TV debut with broadcast BET. Based in NY, he is active in festivals in various parts of the United States, but the activity is suspended due to the movement of members. Reunited in 2015 and released the long-awaited 2nd album [Ruby Road]. Original members Noriko Ueda (NYC) and Jones Mansumi (Texas), who continue to be active in the United States, have finally come to Japan for their first domestic tour of the album. Diva Ryu Miho participated as a guest in the Mito and Yokohama performances.
CD [Ruby Road]
April 21st (Friday) GG Set List @ Motion Blue Yokohama
19: 00 ~
① Sir Duke
② Tea Time Alone
③ Norwegian Wood
④ New Cinema Paradise
⑤ Your Reason
(6) Skylark Hills
① Sarah's Tail
② Misty with Ryu Miho
③ My Favorite Things with Ryu Miho
④ Movie "Deceived" theme song "Home at Last / Family scenery" with Ryu Miho
⑤ Skindo-lele with Ryu Miho
⑥ Ruby Road
⑦ Sakura Saku
Let's walk on En with Ryu Miho, TOKU (Flugelhorn)