Yoko Miwa

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Wake Up and Smell the… Music

Live music on a weekend morning? Absolutely. The second and fourth Sundays every month, the Yoko Miwa Trio plays at 10:30 at Ryles Jazz Club, one of the gems of quirky-hip Inman Square, Cambridge. You may also know Ryles as a popular dance spot for latin, salsa, swing, and more — it’s the same club, but their dance floor is upstairs, whereas the jazz takes place right where you walk in. The Trio plays at the beloved Ryles Jazz Brunch, gracing a stage that regularly hosts national as well as Boston jazz talent. Some weeks, the place really fills up, so Ryles recommends you call ahead or use their online reservation form.

Yoko Miwa at Ryles Jazz Club
Yoko at the Keys

Ryles is a personal favorite of mine (Tegan, the blogger, here). I took my mother and grandmother here for brunch one of the first times they visited me after I moved to Boston several years ago. I know that Yoko only plays venues where there is a high-quality piano, but I’m starting to suspect she has a secret policy of only taking recurring gigs at venues that have really great food. It must be out of love for the fans, since the Trio doesn’t get to eat while they play! Not only is Ryles’s brunch food delicious, there’s plenty of it. When I went with my mom and grandma, neither of them could finish their plates, even though they loved the food. With my voracious appetite, I finished mine, and I think I helped my mom with her home fries as well.

Brunch at Ryles Jazz Club
Yoko snapped this shot of the brunch while on a break.

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but in Boston, we go home when the T stops and start celebrating local stars again on Sunday morning. I recommend Ryles Brunch when you’re entertaining out-of-town guests, or why not start a twice-a-month tradition with your friends here?

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