Yamamoto Jazz Trio : Ms. Yamamoto began playing classical piano at
age three in her home of Kyoto, Japan. Eri has
lived and performed in New York City since 1996, graduating in 1999
from The New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music.
She is currently a faculty member at The Mannes College of Music in
Manhattan. In 1999, Time Out Magazine wrote of her music: “this
weekly gig may constitute on the job training for this newcomer to
the New York scene, but if you've heard the way her charmingly off
kilter takes on standards and originals quiet down the denizens of
this hole, you know that this has been time well spent."
Ms. Yamamoto’s resume reflects her work with such notable
musicians as Ron McClure, Ikuo Takeuchi, Michael Carvin, Andy McKee,
Reggie Workman, and also notes her performances at the 1998
JVC Jazz Festival in New York, at St Peter's Church, Gracie Mansion,
Riverside Church, the Salle Claude Debussy Hall in Paris, and a
number of well known New York City jazz clubs. The Eri
Yamamoto Jazz Trio is at Arthur’s Tavern from 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays and Saturdays.
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Up & Coming
How long does it take to become a great jazz musician? Would you believe five and a half years? That would seem to be the case with Eri Yamamoto, a 32-year-old Japanese pianist who abandoned a budding classical career half a decade ago to pursue jazz studies at the New School. Yamamoto had no jazz background whatsoever when she arrived in New York from Kyoto—something I can personally attest to, having heard her stumble through standards some years back at the Loisaida bar that is now Manitoba’s. Saloon din tended to drown out Yamamoto’s trio until she started pulling out her originals; the attentive silence that greeted them clued me in that fresh ideas were on the way. Yamamoto’s maturity is instantly evident on the title cut/opener of Up & Coming, her self-produced debut. The deceptively simple melody line demands perfect timing, and Yamamoto raises the degree of difficulty by upending it with a bridge in modified waltz-time. The way this impacts her solo is particularly breathtaking: On one chorus, she applies single-note lines reminiscent of Lennie Tristano; next, she alternates running trills with off-kilter phrases; and finally just before a bass solo by John Graham Davis—she slides back and forth across drummer Ikuo Takeichi’s supple pulse.
And yet that’s only a small sampling of the pianist’s breadth and economy. The five originals included here are demonstrate an extraordinarily rich compositional sensibility—to say nothing of a delicate touch—and what’s most impressive is how they outpace Yamamoto’s takes on classics like Miles Davis’s “All Blues” and Vincent Youmans’s “Without a Song.” I haven’t caught Yamamoto’s trio since it took up residence in the Village at Arthur’s Tavern two years ago, but if the album is any indication, the time she’s spent at the rambunctious watering hole has taught her how familiarity combined with subtlety can move a crowd. That understanding is crucial for any musician hoping to become a great player as quickly as she has. Available at
—K. Leander Williams
ohn "Tasty" Parker: New Orleans star drummer Zutty Singleton called him "Tasty" because of the tasty, improvised licks that come from Johnny's trumpet when he plays for delighted audiences worldwide! Encouraged to play jazz trumpet by the great bassist George Duvivier, after graduating from high school in Flushing, Queens, Johnny Parker took his style to New York City's legendary clubs on 52nd Street, then on the road with R&B bandleaders Roosevelt Sykes ("the Honeydripper") and Sax Kari. Johnny recorded with Sykes, singer Etta Jones, Gatemouth Moore, Sy Oliver, and stepped in for Cat Anderson in Duke Ellington's band. In the 1950s, Parker gigged with Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, and in the 1970s, with pianist Brooks Kerr and famed drummer Sonny Greer. Tasty's credentials continue: he played with Harry Connick, Jr. at the Algonquin Hotel, and with Terri Thornton for the house jazz band at the Casa Bella Restaurant in Little Italy. Johnny Parker is the quintessential New York City music personality: this "strolling trumpeter" serenaded clients at the famous Chelsea Place. His appearance on the "Shining Star" video for Mesa/Blue Moon productions aired on Black Entertainment Television and other cable television stations. Catch Johnny "Tasty" Parker at Arthur's Tavern Tuesday through Friday.
rankie Paris & Cold Sweat: Here's a taste of what the music world says about Frankie Paris: “Frankie Paris has a talent that cannot be denied. His hard driving vocals present a dialogue that touches the many aspects of blues and R&B,” - Sherman Holmes, The Holmes Brothers; “He's funky and funny and swings like crazy,” - “Blue” Lou Marini, Blues Brothers. Frankie Parish has been singing the blues and R&B to New York City audiences since 1962. He has played with the greats: Bo Diddley, Kenny Neal, Jimmy Johnson, and The Holmes Brothers; he has performed at the top: for James Earl Jones, Paul Newman and others; and he has traveled the world, headlining gigs across the United States, Switzerland and Germany. Frankie Parish formed and lead the house band on ABC television's Dana Carvey Show, and has performed at New York City's top venues including Birdland and Manny's Car Wash. His voice can be heard on ad spots for the Nickelodeon TV channel and on various radio advertisements. Frankie's energy, the unique style of his voice and his dynamic delivery, combined with the solid class of his musicians, creates an exciting experience for audiences everywhere he performs. Frankie Parish is at Arthur's Tavern with his band Cold Sweat, who recently released a top notch recording, “Right Around the Corner,” on the Bahoomba blues music label.
Ivan Bodley (Bassist) is a Magna Cum Laude Berklee College of Music graduate with diverse music industry experience. Specializing in a coustic, electric, fretted, fretless, four-string, five-string, eight-string, and piccolo basses , Ivan is a creative and versatile bassist, performer, producer, musical director, composer, arranger, vocalist, and instructor. He has solid professional experience in diverse musical genres from hip-hop to bebop.
Originally from Chattanooga , TN , Ivan has resided and worked in: New Orleans , Los Angeles , London , Boston , and is now based in New York City .
Ivan has performed in 23 countries to audiences of up to 30,000 people. He has toured and recorded with diverse artists such as (alphabetically): Solomon Burke, Chiffons, Coasters, Crystals, Spencer Davis, Bo Diddley, Drifters, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E. King, Marvelettes, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Platters, Buster Poindexter, Martha Reeves, Santana, Shangri-Las, Shirelles, Percy Sledge, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Tokens, Uptown Horns, and Peter Wolf.
Ivan has a BA in Psychology from Tulane University , where he was Musical Director of college radio station WTUL, New Orleans . He was also a publicist with Epic Records/Sony Music.
Ivan endorses and uses Warrior basses, Hartke amplification, Dean Markley strings, and Line 6 signal processors exclusively. Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.
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