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Saturday, May 26, 2018, 18:30 - 21:00

Jazz Pianist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger

A native of Japan, Hiroe Sekine lives in the Los Angeles area performing at many venues, festivals and so on including the highly prestigious Jazz Concert Series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2014, and in 2016 with a two-hour broadcast of her entire performance and interview on the nation-wide FM jazz station KJZZ. Her debut album, ”a-mé” (rain) was released in 2010 with her own compositions and unique arrangements of jazz standards for a sextet: Hiroe (piano), Bob Shephard (soprano saxophone and flute), Tony Dumas (bass), Peter Erskine (drums) and other renowned musicians, produced by Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets. This album was selected one of the best 25 jazz albums released in 2010 by the website “All About Jazz”. In 2012, her second album “After the Rainfall” was released with new compositions and arrangements together with her piano and vocals, also produced by Russell Ferrante. This album was awarded “Best Music of 2012” by the internet site “Bluefat”. Her composition “So, but, anyway” from this album became the finalist of the International Songwriter’s Competition of 2015. Both albums received numerous other high acclaims from jazz critics, and the tracks are constantly played by jazz radio stations throughout the US and used as inserts by NPR radio. Her third album “One World One Sun”, also produced by Russell Ferrante, was released by Sony Music in 2017 and became her debut album in Japan. Since then she has appeared on numerous radio interviews and played at jazz venues in Japan. Also, Japanese FM station J-WAVE adopted Hiroe’s arrangements of station jingles and is currently playing them on air. At FCCJ on May 26, 2018, she plans to play jazz standards with unique arrangements and sing in many languages.
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And remember, it’s free. No cover charge. No music charge. You just can’t beat SNL for an exciting, entertaining night out in Tokyo.

The Entertainment Committee

Coming up!
June 2 Sean Tait
June 9 John & Yuko Keyser with Eisuke Kato
June 16 Trio Organique & Jonathan Katz
June 23 Keith Williams

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