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
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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Raul Midon is the "spiritually and
socially conscious, optimistic"
(Miami Herald) new
voice for our times. His
compelling lyrics and melodies are captivating audiences everywhere
and filling them with a sense of hope and healing in a shaken post
September 11th world. "I like to celebrate
the possible," says Midon, "the highest, the best of
possibilities for human
we create an enormously
powerful force that can
change the world and
overcome any obstacle."
echo these sentiments
and can be heard along with eight more standout originals on his
new, self-produced CD "Blind To Reality," (available only at midon.com).
Beating the odds and overcoming
obstacles is something Midon knows about first hand. Born
premature but healthy
twins in rural New Mexico, he and brother Marco were blinded after
being placed in incubators
with high oxygen levels, destroying their retinas. Soon
after they turned four,
their mother died suddenly from an aneurysm. By
age five, they were boarding students at a school for the blind
where they distinguished themselves academically. An
unknown benefactor enabled
them to enroll in the prestigious Santa Fe
Prep for high school, which necessitated a daily fifty mile
drive each way from home by their devoted Dad.
Despite the rigorous schedule, they graduated with honors. A
perfect SAT score in English landed Raul in the
University of Miami, graduating with honors and a degree in music
and jazz guitar. His brother
is now an engineer with NASA and Raul has been named Best
Musician and Best
Acoustic Performer consecutively
in Miami's "New
Midon has now emerged with
his own group and original material as a sellout artist on Miami's
Pop scene after several years
as the first call background vocalist for Enrique
Iglesias, Christina Aguilara,
Shakira, Alejandro Sans, Ricky Martin, Julio
Iglesias and Jose Feliciano, among
others. He has just returned from The
Santa Fe Jazz & International Music Festival where
his crossover solo performance was sold out two weeks in advance, playing to a 'standing
room only' crowd bolstered
by heavy rotation of his new CD with interviews on radio stations
from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. He accompanied Latin turned Pop diva Shakira
on background vocals, guitar and mandolin for a media blitz that took him from New York to L.A. and included
stints on Leno, Regis
& Kelly, Rosie and MTV's
TRL. He is currently writing and recording for renowned underground
d. j. Little Louie Vega on his latest project.
Local press has covered every
one of his rare solo performances with rave reviews.. ."the
most musical artist working
the scene"... "music
oozes out of every one
of his pores" "a mix
between Seal and Stevie
Wonder, amazingly melodic
and fluid with songwriting
that is solid and crafty"
(Miami Herald). Midon,
recently took the plunge and moved to New York City to further his
worth anything starts with an idea, an
`invisible' thing," says
Raul. "You build your
universe with your ideas. Like I said, I like to celebrate the possible!"