Formed in Osaka, Japan in 1986.
This 7 piece all-Japanese band has made it their mission to bring Traditional New Orleans Jazz to Japan. They are successful at it too, as their touring scehdule has them performing in venues across Japan.
A few other career highlights include: performing at Breda in Holland in 1997, being invited to play at a Jazz Festival at Gotenburg in Sweden in 1995, and perhaps their greatest honor, performing in New Orleans Citizenship in 1989.
Norikazu Ikemoto (trumpet, leader)
Yoichi Yamada (trombone)
Takahide Yasuda (clarinet)
Takane Shiraki (banjo)
Soichiro Wakimoto (double bass)
Fumihiro Yanase (drums)
Yuki Kurata (piano)
Akiyo Kazama (clarinet-senior member)
Started in 1993, and have been mainly playing ragtime, classic jazz, and American old standard numbers from the beginning of 1900 to 1940s. Toured in the States, in 1997(Purdue Salty Dogs Reunion), from 2000 to 2003 (Arbors March Of Jazz Festival), and had a great favorable reception from the jazz lovers in America. Have been playing occasionally at Kobe Jazz Street, All Japan Dixieland Jazz Festival, Kobe Shushin-kan, Rokkosan Hotel,etc. Released six CD's up to today.
Michiko "Riko" Ogawa (piano & vocal) www.riko-ogawa.net
See "Profile" page under her website.
"Nobby" or, "Pops" Ishida (double bass)
Started playing the trumpet with a brass band in his junior high school. Studied the double bass and played with a modern jazz group of the Kansei Gakuin University in Kobe 1961-65. Joined the New Orleans Rascals in 1965 and learned traditional jazz string and tuba bass. Honored to receive late Pops Foster's bass as well as the name "Pops" from his widow, Alma, who was very much impressed with Nobby's slapping play in 1971. Playing regularly with the New Orleans Rascals and the Yo Kimura Trio. Received the Honarary Citizenship of New Orleans in 1966.
Yoichi "Yo" Kimura (leader, drums & vocal)
Started listening to jazz on the Radio (Far East Net-work, Tokyo), and records at the age of 10. Began self taught study of drums by Gene Krupa's Method Of Jazz Drumming at the age of 18, and learned traditional jazz by listening to records of Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Joe Watkins, etc. Played with the Waseda University New Orleans Jazz Club Band in Tokyo 1957-61, and has been a drummer and a vocalist of the New Orleans Rascals since 1961. In the years of 1965-67, played the drums with the Campus Salty Dogs at Purdue University, Indiana. Received the Honarary Citizenship of New Orleans in 1966.
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Yo Kimura(vocal: 1-15), Riko Ogawa(vocal: 16), Yo & Riko(vocals: 17)
Accompaned by Michiko Ogawa Trio: Riko Ogawa(piano), Masato Kobayashi(bass), and Junji "Oji" Kimura(drums)
Yo Kimura(vocal: 1-11), Riko Ogawa(vocal: 12-13), Yo & Riko(vocals: 14-15), Michiko Ogawa(piano), Nobuo Ishida(bass), and Junji "Oji" Kimura(drums)
Yo Kimura(vocal)*, TonTon(vocal)**, Hajime Kobayashi(piano), Masayo Hirota(double bass), and Junji Kimura(drums)* or Yo Kimura(drums)**
2,000yen per a CD, a postage is required in addition to this price. Click here to know details by e-mail
From Hyogo Prefecture. Tonton sings from traditional jazz to swing jazz. Her parents manage a jazz bar "New Suntory 5" in Osaka and she was brought up in an environment where she could have experienced real live jazz music from all over the world since her childhood. During that time, she was influenced by Yoichi Kimura, a vocalist and drumer of the New Orleans Rascals, and she began to develop a foundation as a jazz singer, and naturally became sensitive to jazz music, especially from New Orleans Jazz to swing jazz. She sings not merely the masterpieces of the good old days, but also the popular jazz tunes in Japan today. She especially takes pride in maintaining the original melodies.
Emiko Tada (piano), Tetsuro Aratama (double bass), Toshio Nakajima (drums)
Price: 2,000yen, a postage is required in addition to this price. A reference about CD: New Suntory 5 2-10-15 Sonezaki Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0057, Japan (Sonezaki Center BLDG FL5), FAX:+81-6-6314-0267 or send E-mail.