Sunday, June 15, 2008
My gig on Friday the 13th,
with The Akio Ueda Jazz Quintet at Blues Alley Japan, was a hit!
I worked with some musicians I haven't seen in a long time.
Here was the line up:
Pamela MacCarthy - vocals
Akio Ueda - tenor sax
Keisaku Takahashi - piano, Hammond B-3
Toshiki Nunokawa - guitar
Yoshihiro Shibata - bass
Masasuke Watanabe - drums
Akio played a few of his original compositions,
along with other standard tunes that he & the guys
gave their own special touches to.
I hope one day soon he can record all his original tunes-
I've always thought his tunes would be absolutely perfect for movie soundtracks!
I wore a stunning 1920's-styled beaded velvet & silk kimono jacket/dress
my son Michio, gave me for a Mothers Day present.
Pamela MacCarthy @Blues Alley, Japan, 6-13-2008
As an added treat: Blues Alley Japan
has a bay-ootiful Hammond B-3 organ
that resides there.
Keisaku was layin' down some soulful riffs on it.
Combined with Akio's sultry tenor sounds
and Toshiki's blues-y Gibson,
it was for me, like steppin' barefoot in grass!
It has been a dream of mine to work with a B-3 in the mix!
Here was my set list:
How About You?
There's No Business (Like Show Business)
Both Sides Now
Let's Face The Music and Dance
You're The Top
I dedicated my encore to Michio
as he coudn't be there.
The soundman,system and crew at Blues Alley Japan are top-notch.
Very professional, with the artist given a lot of consideration...
To all my friends and fans who showed up,Thank-you!
My Ikebana sensei, Yoshimura-san came and brought me pale pink roses.
Akiko-san brought me ruby-red ones.
Also, drummer and friend, Jimmie Smith stopped by to catch my second set.
My dear friends Hiroshi Y., Kenji T., & Kamitori-san were there.
A great night.
The night's performance was recorded to DVD.
Till Next Time...