Farewell To Ryles Jazz Club
The second and fourth Sundays at Ryles Jazz Brunch have been the home for the Yoko Miwa Trio for the past 15+ years, our longest-running residency. The majority of those years we would perform Friday night, Saturday night, then sleep a few hours and head over to play brunch at Ryles. We were exhausted sometimes but as soon as I would touch the piano I always received a surge of energy and the music would always just flow. The room has a feel and a special sound. I’ve become good friends with its Yamaha piano after so many years and I’m going to miss it dearly.The brunch was always well attended with appreciative audiences and lots of regulars whom I’ve been seeing twice per month for many years. We are all sad that Ryles is closing after more than 40 years of operation. It’s an institution in this city and it’s going to leave a void that will be hard to fill.
I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Gary Mitchell and Aimee Baum; not only for giving me the opportunity but also for always believing in me, being so supportive and allowing me to be myself. Thank you also to the wonderful staff at Ryles — it’s been an honor and a pleasure getting to know all of you. The Yoko Miwa Trio will perform our last Ryles brunch on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. I know it’s going to be bittersweet but i hope you will all come to share the moment with us.